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Posted on:4/19/14 1:12 AM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Pattern Description:
From StyleArc: This gorgeous layered top is perfect for wearing over your narrow legged pant. It has an interesting darted neckline and a flattering dropped shoulder. Use two different textured fabrics for an on-trend look or a beautiful coloured silk for a total luxe feel.
Rated medium to challenging.

I agree with the description and add that it has a side split and the back is longer than the front.

Pattern Sizing:
Single sized pattern ranging from 4 to 30 (corresponding bust 77cm/30.3" to 148cm/58.25").
I made the 6, based on bust measurement.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The basic shape is the same however the proportions are not quite right on mine. The hem of the upper bodice finishes just below my waistline instead of high hip. However I believe this is my fault, not the fault of the pattern. In my mind there was a band between the bodice and skirt sections so I factored an extra 3 or so cm into the bodice length. This 'band' piece is actually a facing for the bodice hem, so I lost that 3cm. In no way at all do the pattern pictures or instructions suggest that there is a separate band, in fact the 'band' is even labelled 'hem facing'! Sometimes my mind is a curious place.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Standard Style Arc: prior knowledge of techniques (including finishing) are expected. I found them to be ok but it did take a bit of head scratching to work out the bindings. Mostly because of the terminology (top edge, outer edge, inner edge, flat stitch). In the end I went with what seemed logical (ie match the notches!) and it seemed to work.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. The neckline has a tiny dart near each shoulder. These help it to sit flat.
2. The skirt is a separate piece of fabric which allows for colour blocking, my ultimate intention.
3. The wide hem has a mitred corner, which I adore and will incorporate into future projects wherever possible. I kept showing my husband my 'perfect mitre' which he graciously pretended to be excited about. I did not show him the 3 other not-quite-perfect-but-perfectly-acceptable mitres.
4. Full-view pattern pieces (no cut-on-the-fold pieces) . I'd never really thought of this as an issue until I used Style Arc. It makes it so much easier to position the fabric, particularly if using a print.
Dislikes: none

Fabric Used:
I used a strange black, grey and white hounds tooth fabric of unknown composition which is considerably thicker than the crepe, silk or rayon recommended by Style Arc.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No major design changes except to use a fabric which was heavier than the recommended fabrics. I also cut the bottom skirt on the bias. Hey, it seemed like a good idea at the time, but stretched out of shape as I went along. I lengthened the upper bodice 3cm this was still not enough length for me.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I will definitely make it again. My original intention was to make a colour-block top in charcoal and lemon linen. How I ended up with weird cotton/wool/synthetic? houndstooth is anyone's guess.

Do I recommend it?
Yes. Although it is graded as medium to challenging I didn't find it too difficult. The challenging part for me was the arm binding which ends in a V under the arm. Mine turned out pretty wonky but I put that down to inappropriately thick fabric.

StyleArc say it all: 'This gorgeous layered top is perfect for wearing over your narrow legged pant. It has an interesting darted neckline and a flattering dropped shoulder. Use two different textured fabrics for an on-trend look or a beautiful coloured silk for a total luxe feel'.
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Dilliander said...
Lovely to see this made up and it looks great!
4/19/14 1:39 AM
Baja Susana said...
Interesting top. Yours looks good.
4/19/14 2:10 AM
wendyrb said...
Looks terrific on you! I wanna see your "perfect mitre"- no joking. Somehow I hadn't noticed this one, so thanks for making it up.
4/19/14 2:14 AM
supizoo said...
Wendy, your wish is my command! I have replaced the sleeve photo with my perfect mitre ;) The photo seems to be taking a while to catch up though. If it doesn't change over, I'll work out how to link within the review.
4/19/14 3:02 AM
Jstarr4250 said...
Very cute, especially the bias skirt. I received this as a freebie with my last Style Arc order so I'm happy to see it sewn up. Thanks for your review.
4/19/14 7:32 AM
Stitchmaker said...
Thank you for an excellent review that provides useful perspectives on the pattern. It's a really cute result, even with whatever hiccups you cite, so the successive versions will surely be perfect.
4/19/14 9:28 AM
Patti B said...
That is a lovely mitre! The style suits you very well and your review is very helpful -- thanks.
4/19/14 11:48 AM
grey ann said...
This looks so nice on you. Can't wait to see you color-blocked linen version. Please post that!
4/20/14 8:15 AM
Stitchmaker said...
I'm having a difficult time fitting the arm and neck bands into the neckline and armholes. Did you have difficulty easing them into place? The bands on my size 10 seem way too small!
4/22/14 5:49 PM
supizoo said...
**I have amended this comment with more accurate info as I was at work and doing it from memory with the first comment**Hello Stitchmaker, I don't remember having trouble with bands easing but one thing to note is that some seam allowances are 0.5cm and some are 1cm. Both allowances are present on the bands so check that out (I now make a nick on the fabric so I know which seam allowance to use). It was definitely not intuitive to me which was the inside (joining to the bodice) and which was the outside of the band. This was a major head-scratching moment. In the end I matched up the notches and it worked. Please forgive my terminology in the following (I really need to learn the correct construction terms). The longer edge of the binding (i.e. outside of the curve) attaches to the bodice, the shorter edge (inside of curve) hangs free down your arm ('cuff'?). The back binding has two notches and front has one. The pointy bit goes to the armpit of the bodice and the notches on the band should match the bodice arm hole. I do hope this helps. Let me know how it goes. PS I'm currently working on my second LuLu and I'm still making mistakes!
4/23/14 3:19 AM
schmammy said...
You did a terrific job on this tunic. What a great fit. What are your thoughts on this design on a full bust? I don't see any bust darts and it is made from a woven fabric.
4/26/14 9:23 AM
supizoo said...
Hi Schmammy, sorry I missed your comment. There are no darts what-so-ever, except for the tiny shoulder dart. It is very boxy in shape, not fitted at all, basically a big rectangle. One thing to not is that it has pretty skinny armholes. Much to my sadness, I am not equipped (literally!) to advise on full bust fitting (or any bust for that matter!) so can't advise you. However, StyleArc are pretty good at getting back to people who email with queries so it would be worthwhile dropping Chloe a line and getting her opinion: Hope this helps.
4/27/14 2:24 AM
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