|Envelope picture and line drawing|
Flattering fitted top featuring a fashionable square neckline, extended shoulders & zip back, this top is a great piece to have in your wardrobe. Sew it in Linen for summer or wool for winter.
6-30, it is not a multisized pattern, you buy 1 size. I bought a size 12, based on bust measurement, which was right.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Basic instructions, fine with me. It's an easy enough top.
Important in StyleArc patterns is that they use only 1cm seam allowances (3/8") in general, and even very narrow seam allowances for the neckline and facings. Something to be aware of while sewing, but I like it. At the neckline for example it isn't necessary to trim afterwards.
What I like about the pattern
The general style, nice top for woven fabrics.
Cotton, a remnant piece of fabric used for a dress I made during the summer. This top will only take 1 meter of fabric.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made
I made the top without any alterations at first, as I wanted to try the pattern. There is only one review yet of this top and SueT lowered the neckline. Even though I did read this review when published I had forgotten that she lowered the neckline by 1 inch. My neckline is made without alteration and could be a bit lower. It is definitely higher than the envelope picture suggests.
When I tried it on, I found the waist shaping not enough for me and took in all darts at the front and the back. Figure issue, not a pattern problem.
This top has a very high vertical front dart, which goes to the bust point. This was the same in the Jenny blouse I made a few months ago (also from StyleArc). Personally I would prefer this dart to end a bit below the bust point, so next time I will change that. The dart is hardly visible in this printed fabric, not a real issue now.
At the back is an invisible zipper. The top of the zipper ends a few centimeters below the center back neckline. This is the first time I've seen this in a pattern and I love it. I will certainly remember this method a next time in similar tops and dresses. When the neckline is wide enough to get the top or dress over your head, this method makes construction a lot easier in finishing the neckling. No difficult zipper ends to deal with.
That said I must say that even after taking in the darts at the waist I still could get in and out of the top without opening the zipper!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will sew this again. It's a nice top for a woven fabric, easy to construct and still a bit different. I do recommend the pattern.
Nice top, the general style is more suitable for summer to me. But when spring/summer comes in a few months I will sew one or two more.