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|StyleArc: Kate Top (Kate Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||11/20/12 6:02 PM |
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|A tale of two tees ... |
The StyleArc Kate Top is a slightly fitted t-shirt pattern with long sleeves, a rib cuff and round neck. I restyled this to 3/4 sleeves with a self fabric band and scoop U-shape neck.
Pattern Sizing: 8
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, this is a nicely drafted simple tee that lets the fabric shine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
StyleArc instructions are minimal (in this case, an order of construction plus a diagram for attaching the neck binding and cuff). They seemed fine, but I didn't use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is the same pattern used for the Parisienne Tee. The general fit and RTW cut is great... except having worn this top quite a bit I find myself readjusting the shoulders from time-to-time.
Since I'm still on a quest for the "perfect" TNT tee I decided to try again.
Two lovely quality 4-way stretch lightweight rayon/lycra jerseys, the ombre jersey from Emma One Sock and the floral jersey a holiday purchase.
Pattern used is exactly the same as that used for the Parisienne tee, including the previous alterations.
The problem I've noticed is that when trying on the tee during construction the fit is fine. However once the shoulders are stabilised and the neck binding added there is a tendency for the shoulders to ride up.
My initial thoughts were that the neck binding may be the culprit (perhaps too much tension) and since the shoulders are stabilized this combination caused the pulling ...
Test 1: ombre top
Ombre earth tones front
Ombre earth tones back
* 4-way stretch jersey (stretchier than the first top)
* nothing to stabilize the shoulder seams
* little to no tension when adding the neck binding
Some extra ease across the shoulders was achieved using the above changes, but additional width is needed.
The other interesting thing I realised (that I hadn't noticed earlier) is that the U-neck in the pattern changes to a shallow V-neck...
I'm guessing this means my shoulders are stealing fabric from the neckline, knits are so forgiving!
Test 2: Oslo garden top
Oslo garden front
Oslo garden back
This tee uses the same pattern (and same neckline) in a similar stretchy rayon knit but with
* redrafted/additional shoulder width front & back (square shoulder was part of original adjustments)
* stabilising on the shoulder seam, and
* regular tension when adding neck binding
A close to "perfect" fit, loose but not too loose, fitted but not too fitted!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, it is a wonderful pattern, a great wardrobe basic for a casual tee and with lots of possibilities for adding style.
I think my quest may be over, this could just be my holy grail TNT for tees, so very happy. I've been road testing the floral tee for a couple of weeks now (with adjusted shoulder) before posting this review and the earlier problem seems to be solved.
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