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|Reviewed by:||supizoo|| |
|Posted on:||4/19/14 1:12 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 5 people |
|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.
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.
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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