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StyleArc: Amy Knit Top (Amy Knit Top) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Posted on:11/5/13 9:01 AM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:StyleArc: Amy Knit Top by clothingengineer

StyleArc: Amy Knit Top by clothingengineer  
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Pattern Rating:Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me
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Pattern Description: This knit top has a semi cowl neck and dropped side seams which can be left loose or tied to give it the new look.

Pattern Sizing:4-30. I made an 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?I felt like the drawing showed a bit more waist shaping than it really had. I also couldn't get the cowl to drape like the drawing but I think it had something to do with the knit I chose.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Honestly, I didn't even look at them. This is a super simple top to put together. It goes together VERY quickly, especially if you leave the hemline raw like I did.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: Goes together very, very quickly. The cowl draws the eye upward and I like the high-low hem (high at the center, low at the sides). I made this top because I wanted some comfortable leisurewear to change into after coming home from work, and this is great for that purpose.

Dislikes: I feel like this is not the most flattering top on me. Like another pear-shaped reviewer noted, there's little in the way of waist shaping and it tents outward at the hem. Sometimes when I catch myself in the mirror it looks ok (photo 1), sometimes I feel like it makes me look heavier than what I really am (photo 2). Part of this is definitely the fabric choice.

Fabric Used:Wool jersey (Fabric Mart). The back had a crepe-like texture so I used the wrong side as my right side. I think this fabric had a bit too much body for this pattern, and if I made it again I would try to make it out of something with a weighty, fluid drape (like rayon/lycra jersey or ITY).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:My fitting adjustments were a 3/8" broad back adjustment and adding 3" to the hips. I also did a 3/8" narrow shoulder alteration, widened the sleeves at the bicep 3/4", and lengthened the sleeves 1.25".

I made this from the leftovers of my most recent Style Arc Gail, and when it was time to cut the cowl I was running out of fabric. I either had to use a different fabric or piece it together. I chose to piece it together. I took the cowl and folded it in half lengthwise, cut 1 layer this way, then folded it in half again and cut two. These two pieces would form the under layer. I pieced them together at the center front, sewed both layers together, then since I had one full cowl piece at that point I could proceed as usual with the project. When I wear it I fold the cowl over and it completely hides the center front seam of the under layer. I do NOT recommend doing this, at all, but it was the only thing I could do to save the project.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think this top highlights my waistline, which is one of my best features, and for that reason I am not keen on making it again. I think it is the sort of top that looks better on rectangles and apples than it does on pears (and possibly hourglasses). Since it went together so quickly though I am thinking of making it up out of a very drapey rayon/lycra rib knit I've had hanging around for at least 2 years now, and seeing if I have more satisfying results. For the purpose of home leisurewear this top is perfect though. The loose fit makes changing in and out of things during the fitting process very convenient.

Conclusion: I also wrote a blog entry, which can be viewed here.
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grays08 said...
It's cute and well done, but you are tiny and lost in there! : ( I'd hate to see what it would do on my build with fuller/athletic thighs. I definitely appreciate your review as the drawing is misleading somewhat, but I can tell with the hang that perhaps something with a thinner drape might show the waist a little better.
11/5/13 9:13 AM
sacjeanie said...
Does tying the garment side pieces help act like a dart to emphasize your waist? The color is lovely and I could see myself wearing something like this with leggings running around.
11/5/13 9:13 AM
clothingengineer said...
grays08 - that's exactly how I feel - comfortable, but lost!
sacjeanie - tying the sides made things worse. It was almost like a bubble skirt.
11/5/13 9:17 AM
marec said...
I think this is a great color on you, and the cowl is cute. What happens if you either reverse the angle or have a straight hem? You are little, and this is just too much going on... :-)
11/5/13 9:52 AM
marec said...
I want to add that I appreciate that you did this review (very helpful) because this is EXACTLY what happens to me when I try to do a similar style. Thank you clothingengineer.
11/5/13 9:55 AM
clothingengineer said...
Thanks marec, I know there's some people out there with a similar body type that follow my reviews, so I feel it is important to post the bad as well as the good so they can hopefully learn from my mistakes :)
11/5/13 10:47 AM
michellep74 said...
The color is great on you, but it looks like it's just too big on you--definitely too much ease. Thanks for sharing your review.
11/5/13 12:54 PM
evelynhughes said...
Thanks for reviewing. Agree that ad rapier fabric would work and that this top still isn't a total failure! Do you think making the arms a bit tighter would make the top less 'swampy'?
11/5/13 5:33 PM
JDpenelope said...
The good news: You look fabulous in this fabric, using the Style Arc Gail Top pattern. Thanks for the review � It seems to me that we must all avoid wearing tents, no matter what our size! That's the problem I see with so many of this voluminous tops. Thanks for reminding me that a pattern with so much fabric won't be a good look on me.
11/6/13 6:30 AM
becca a said...
I have shied away from this pattern for the reasons that you don't love it. It is pretty on you, but most of your other projects flatter your tiny waist better.
11/6/13 9:41 AM
sewinglinda said...
lovely top I love the colour, I had the same problem with the tent look in my size 10, on one of mine I curved the side seams in a lot at the waist, in another version I stitched three rows of shirring elastic about 1cm apart, in the centre front below the bust.
11/6/13 8:42 PM
VintageTempest said...
It would look cute belted and worn with a pencil skirt. The color is gorgeous on you and I like the cowl. I am a rectangle, so this is something I would wear. But that is because my waist is NOT my beast feature. haha!
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