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Pattern Reviews> StyleArc> Olive Spliced Tee (Olive Spliced Tee)

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Posted on:3/17/14 5:26 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:StyleArc: Olive Spliced Tee by michellep74

StyleArc: Olive Spliced Tee by michellep74  
Pattern Photo:StyleArc Olive Spliced Tee

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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Fabric:Double Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: From the StyleArc web site:

"Use your imagination & splice this top using multi colours, print & plain… the choices are endless. This square cut “T” features a cute pocket also has the fashionable extended back hemline and dropped shoulder. Choose your sleeve length, cap or full length."

Pattern Sizing:

StyleArc sizes 6-30. Note that with StyleArc, you select and receive one size for each pattern. My understanding is that StyleArc sizes are close to Australian RTW.

I had this pattern sitting in my stash from when I was a little heavier than I am now, so rather than grading down a size, I used a Sophia knit fabric, which has a decent amount of body and little stretch, compared to a t-shirt knit, which would normally be the recommended knit for this pattern.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes--it looks like the technical drawing. Note that the pattern itself is more like the technical drawing (with little waist shaping) than like the fashion illustration.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Given that this was a basic t-shirt, I almost didn't look at them. However, when I pulled out the pattern pieces, I became curious because both the top and bottom parts of the t-shirt front had markings on them for the pocket. (From the line drawing, I had assumed that this was your typical t-shirt patch pocket.) It turns out that for this top, the pocket is actually an inseam pocket that you topstitch down to the front of the tee. (I omitted the pocket from my version.)

Beyond that, I was a Bad Reviewer and only glanced at the instructions, but they seem fine, in typical-StyleArc-order-of-construction way, if you're familiar with sewing knits, t-shirts, etc.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Likes: The splicing in multiple places provides a number of options for creative colorblocking and/or playing with grainlines.

I could see the inseam pocket being an interesting design detail if you used it.

When you consider the high-low hem, this is a basic t-shirt that incorporates a lot of trends an interesting design features.

Dislikes: None.

Fabric Used:

Black and turquoise Sophia doubleknit, originally purchased for another project, which I chose not to proceed with. I used them for this top because I knew the top pattern was once size larger than I'd normally wear, but that the Sophia didn't have much stretch. Plus, I wanted a warm, comfy long-sleeved t-shirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Not too many alternations/changes:

* Shortened the sleeves by 1.5" (StyleArc's sleeves usually run pretty long for me--I'm 5'2".)
* Omitted the inseam pocket.
* Shortened the neckband by ~2" to avoid gaping.
* I originally had an excess fold of fabric that formed just above the horizontal seam line on the front. I used a horizontal fisheye dart to take up the excess. This worked well, and you can barely notice it on the finished top.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might sew it again if I feel the need for another colorblocked top. I'd recommend it to others. It's a pretty straightforward top.


While not terribly exciting, this top accomplished my goal of making a top with the comfort of a sweatshirt, but that looks nicer than a sweatshirt.

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Dee2 said...
I love your version of this shirt--the colors look great together. I have this pattern & did not notice the interesting pocket detail either. Thanks for reviewing!
3/17/14 8:43 PM
nothy lane said...
What a great picture of you. I love the shirt with the two contrasting fabrics. Nice job.
3/17/14 9:27 PM
PattyE said...
And I was going to ask you about the pocket! LOL. Looks great without it. Have had this pattern for awhile...waiting for warmer weather.
3/17/14 9:28 PM
Quickie said...
Hi, Michelle, I am s relieved to see you with this happy face in this joyful shirt. You need not wait for colourblocking...I think solid with some topstitching is also nice or even a print.... L
3/18/14 3:06 AM
Couturemum said...
Great top, the colours work really well and looks very comfortable but smart. Might just have to get this pattern!
3/18/14 3:32 AM
Couturemum said...
Great top, the colours work really well and looks very comfortable but smart. Might just have to get this pattern!
3/18/14 3:35 AM
AnneM said...
Nice top, I like knowing about the pocket as well. Definitely nicer than a sweatshirt!
3/18/14 6:45 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Love the color blocking! Looking good!!
3/18/14 10:50 AM
SewWil said...
Great looking top!
3/18/14 10:34 PM
chebre said...
Great the colors!
3/25/14 3:58 AM
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