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Style Arc’s May Top




Finally! I went to the sewing room and just said – get over it and make something! And today I have cut this top out of a wonderful printed crinkled knit – in all sorts of bright colors (pictures later).

This top, like all of the Style Arc patterns, is very simple. The only thing I’m the teensiest bit worried about is the under-bust seam which is just a slash/gather/sew proposition. I’m supposed to begin the seam at zero and go to 1/4 inch. I hope I can start at zero! I don’t want any little pointed seams here at all. I think I can handle this.

There are only four pattern pieces. Chloe at Style Arc drafts these patterns (and the fit is fantastic!) on large pieces of blueprint type paper. There’s no cut on fold stuff going on with these patterns. I already have 6 more in my shopping cart. I will weed them out and get the two or three I absolutely must have next time I have any appreciable cash.

The nasty sewing block from hell has been broken – photos as soon as I finish!


Author: Jennifer

I came from a family who made things. My father was a carpenter with a passion for making furniture. My mother sewed, crocheted, cooked and made a home on a shoestring. My grandmothers both quilted. As a teenager, I found batik through a wonderful art teacher who allowed me the freedom to batik yards of fabric. I then cut them up into a pattern and wore the item I made. I was ecstatic. I painted in my teens and twenties and my parents gracefully supplied me with oil paints and turpentine. When I needed an easel, my father took me to the shop where he worked and made me one. When he found unused and unwanted canvas, he brought it home and stretched it for me with wood from his shop at home. I was indulged at every step of the way. I wasn't ever told that I could not do something or that I should not do something. I was given freedom to chose my path in life. A blessed life I have lived, for sure.

9 thoughts on “Style Arc’s May Top

  1. Check this page out to fine out all about italian fashion! 😉

  2. Great to see you got over your sewing block.

  3. Let me know how the under-bust seam goes. I have a dress with an under-bust seam that gathers the fabric just enough to make my slightly protruding belly disappear. If this top does this too, I may need to make one or two of them myself!

    • This is still a wonderful pattern and I’m going to cut it out using a nicer rayon/viscose knit. I will keep you posted. Sadly that belly hiding stuff looked real good to me too!

    • It’s cool and all done – see the pictures – I think you’ll like it too. It really is slimming. I need that more than you!

      • I’ve seen the pictures and am trying to work out the shape of the front. Is it one piece of fabric with a wide asymmetric neck (left shoulder higher than right) and the under bust seam gathers the excess down?

        It’s the translation of the idea into a pattern into a garment that I’ve always struggled with and why I decided to study fashion and learn pattern making.

      • No – it’s just one piece of fabric which is really wide and in a v-neck. Then you cut 6.25″ across each direction from the v so you have two triangles of cloth and a seam. After you put on the neckband, you cross the right triangle over the left and stitch that down (that was the hardest for me just getting into the space) and then you gather the bottom front to 6″. Then you sew the bottom front and top front together. She says to start at zero and taper it to 1/4″. Well jeez starting at zero is tough. I started at almost zero!

      • thanks – I can visualise that and may give it a go sometime 🙂

      • I think it could be done easier! Play with it and let me know.

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