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|StyleArc: Demi Drape Top (Demi Drape Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Pattern Description: Cowl neck top with build-in cami.|
Pattern Sizing:6-30. I made a 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow?I didn't use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: the camisole is completely attached, at the shoulder, armhole and side seams, as well as the hem. So it is easy to put on, no getting the layers mixed up. I also think this is a great top if you want to coordinate a print with a solid. The layering effect makes it look "finished" without the bulk of two actual layers. Style Arc also was very intelligent about the shoulder seam, the camisole isn't attached until you're about 1.5" away from the inside neckline. This greatly reduces bulk at the shoulder seam.
Dislikes: Since there's no facing for the cowl layer, unlike with the Creative Cate, it is probably best to stick to a solid for this layer. The inside edge does tend to flip outward and display the wrong side during the day, so if you coverstitch make sure you use a matching thread for your bottom thread.
Fabric Used: The turquoise fabric I used for the outside cowl layer is a rayon/silk blend from Mood Fabrics. The inside camisole is a cotton/lycra jersey from The Fabric Fairy. While you need a fabric with a lot of drape for the outside layer you can get away with a thicker, stiffer knit for the inside layer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't agree with the Style Arc suggestion of using the included pattern pieces to cut a tear-away stabilizer "stay" for the camisole neckline and back neck. I tried out this method on a not-too-precious knit I wanted to get out of my stash and it was as bad as I thought it would be. The stabilized edges were very difficult to fold back and as soon as I tore away the stabilizer the neckline stretched and gaped. So for this version I trimmed away the camisole neckline seam allowance, cut a piece of self binding 1" wide and 90% the length of the neckline, and used that to bind the neckline edge. It does a much better job keeping the neckline from getting stretched out.
Aside from my normal fitting adjustments, which you can read about in the blog post if you're interested, I shortened the length by 1". I also pinched out 5/8" of the length from the camisole neckline at the shoulder seam and 3/8" for the cowl layer to eliminate gaping. This is a normal Style Arc adjustment for me when making a deep scoop or V-neck knit top.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely!
Conclusion: View the blog post here
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