Pattern Description: “This stylish top hugs the back neck falling softly down the front and finishing with tucks folds at the side seam. Make it with short or long sleeves.”
Sizing: 6-30. According to the website, “Centre back length 62cm or 24”
3cm negative ease”. I made a size 10. I probably could go down to an 8 in StyleArc.
Fabric Used: Über-soft Rayon Jersey in Black from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, thread. That’s all!
Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? StyleArc’s instructions are geared to the sewing-experienced, so they are a little sparse. They did supply a construction schematic, which was very helpful when putting this puppy together.
Construction Notes: This is a little tricky, thanks to the drape. It’s not hard, but you have to think about the order of construction. As I say, the diagram really helped me, but I also basted all the seams before running them through the serger, and I strongly suggest you do the same. I serged all seams, and I used a narrow zigzag to hem the sleeves and garment body.
At one point, you are sewing 6 layers of fabric for the drape/side/shoulders, so I recommend that you use a lighter-weight jersey. This might get unwieldy if your fabric is beefy.
Likes/Dislikes: I love this top! It’s beautifully drafted. It’s got a nice wide sweetheart neckline, but the drape makes it bra-friendly. I also really like that StyleArc makes their tops long, so I don’t have to worry about it hiking up when I sit down. No dislikes.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I’m going to do it again! I made this as a test-run for a silk jersey that has been in my stash since 2007. I highly recommend it.
Conclusion: Another winner from StyleArc! Here are pictures on Shelley.
I’m wearing it now to go to dinner. You know why we’re going out to dinner? Because we have no water in the house until tomorrow morning. Sigh…
Oh well, Happy sewing!