This review has been updated with my next version of the StyleArc Creative Cate top.
This is my third top for the One Pattern Many Looks Competition
For this version I used Cotton Poly Jersey and instead of adding 4 3/4 inches in length, I added it as a band.
Everything else remains the same.
Pattern Description: (From website)
CREATIVE CATE TOP: This is such a great versatile top that can be worn in lots of different ways - just leave it up to your creative imagination. Simple to make and simple to wear.
StyleArc uses single pattern sizing. I sewed a size 28. Please note that the website lists this pattern up to size 24, however Chloe (from StyleArc) said they will do any of their patterns up to size 30 - just to put my size in the comments on the order and they will do it - Can not fault their customer service at all. They really are the benchmark for dealing with customers.
Another point regarding StyleArc sizing. There have been many reports on how SA patterns fit right out of the envelope. This may work for the average busted of us sewists. However if you normally do a FBA adjustment for other patterns you may need to do one for SA patterns too. Now this might seem obvious, however when I first started sewing I read about how great the fit was - just go by your measurements -which I did - and I came out a size 32. The shoulders of this size swum on me. Once I realised what a full bust adjustment was I realised that I need to go by my high bust measurement and adjust the pattern accordingly. Just letting you know. Maybe the hint to this is SA's shoulder breath measurement - I just find the bust easier to measure.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes (Yippidy do da!!) - well let me qualify that - The pattern picture is a drawing and a thin person drawing at that - but I am incredibly happy ( see happy dance happening).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a very easy top to sew. It practically sews itself - luckily for me -I need all the help I can get!! The instructions for this were fine for me. I did add some stay tape to the shoulders though - which wasn't in the instructions but I thought it best because of the knit material.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- it is a very flattering pattern
- it is so easy to sew
- it takes no time at all (took me two and a half hours including cutting the fabric)
- all of the above again and again and again!!!!!!
Nothing at all to dislike.
A cotton poly jersey from Fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Added 2¾ inches to the sleeves (need to cover those tuckshop arms)
- Added 4¾ inches to the length - I did this by using a band of fabric rather than hemming.
I sewed a toile and it fit but stretched a little across the bust - of course so I added about a centimetre on the sides. This worked fine. The pattern doesn't need a full bust adjustment (as per above notes) - it is not that kind of pattern - it is very forgiving - just add a bit to the sides.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am going to sew this again and again and again. I might even make it into a dress!. I would make it into slacks too if I could - Can you tell I love this pattern! I love it so much it is going to be my entry for one pattern many looks.
A great quick win. If you have had some wadders lately - I recommend sewing this. It certainly picked up my spirits. It will become a staple in my wardrobe.
This will be an entry into one pattern many looks contest