"This lovely feminine top has a gathered front bodice creating a soft V neckline and rouched sleeves."
Style Arc sizes 6-30 (similar to Australian RTW sizes). Note that StyleArc patterns are hand-drawn and only available in one size per envelope.
My current measurements are very close to the StyleArc size 24, so that's the size that I chose for this pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Although note that whether or not you see the little indent at the sleeve bottom shown in the line drawing depends on how far down you extend the elastic when you do the rouching step. The guide on the pattern piece actually does not extend it into the hem allowance, which I think you'd need to do to get the indent effect.
StyleArc instructions are more in the style of a list providing an order of construction than a sewing lesson. This was such an easy top to make that I think most seamstresses who are comfortable sewing a t-shirt will be fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: It's a nice twist on a basic short-sleeved t-shirt with the rouched neckline and sleeves. I love that I was able to choose a size based on my full bust and still have this fit fine through the neck and shoulders (no FBA!). It sews up fast and easily. The fit is true-to-size, and I see this becoming a quick go-to pattern for stashbusting when I want a new short-sleeved knit top. DH also says that the rouching at the neckline makes things look...perkier. Can't complain about that.
Dislikes: Not so much a dislike, but more a word of caution...if you're using a stretchy knit for this top, you might want to shorten the neck binding length. On my first version of this top (not the one pictured), I had to fiddle with the neckband length so that the neckline wouldn't be stretched out.
I made a wearable muslin (that I actually wear an awful lot) from a rayon jersey from fabric.com. The version pictured is in a nice quality cotton-lycra jersey from fabric.com. Both fabrics were fine for this top. Given that you don't need a super-drapey knit for this pattern, I think that a variety of light-to-midweight knits will work for this pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The pattern instructions have you flip the neck binding to the inside and stitch it down. I tried that on my wearable muslin but felt that it added to the risk of the neckline stretching out. For the second version, I just did a traditional neck binding.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've already sewn it twice and would definitely sew it again. You can easily sew this up in a few hours. I would definitely recommend it to others who have sewn a few knit tops.