Let's start with my Style Arc tops.
I really have a huge backlog of Patternreviews to do but first of all I want to just show you how these patterns are working out on me.
I think it would be helpful to know more about the body shape I am sewing with so you can put the fit into perspective. I really have no shame:
- I am 5'9". Some of the tops I have lengthened, but realizing how long this patterns already are I have cut off that amount in many cases and will tell you if I have made the out of the envelope version or not.
- I am about 20 pounds heavier than I was 10 years ago, and I am 58 now. How do you spell menopause? What I am saying is that I am carrying excess on the middle. Consider that. My photographer has been well-trained to say "you look slimmer in that" even before he really looks at what I have made.
- I have a D cup and usually do a FBA. I didn't do that in most of my tops but will have to do it again in one, you will see that in the next couple of days as I work my way through these.
The Adele top:
Nice rayon knit from Fabricmart. I am kicking myself for not bringing more of my stash with me. The print is a little loud but I think the diagonal lines are slimming.
Pattern alterations: None except for 2" added on that I wouldn't do again - these patterns are already pretty long. Note I did not do a FBA and am pleased with the fit, fitted through the chest (I made a size 12) but full enough through the bust. I suspect Style Arc grades more intelligently than some other pattern makers. Note the narrow sleeves, not an issue for me since I have a weak upper body but might be for you.
OK did as suggested but scrapped the overly complex, in my view, instructions for stabilizing the neckline. Why do this? I have a head.
Instead I measured the neck opening, cut a 3" wide piece with the stretch knit as long as 3/4 the opening and used my now favourite method of applying neck binding:
- Stitch the short ends of the neckband together making a ring.
- Fold the band, wrong sides together and lightly press. This will give you a double layer neck ring of fabric.
- Pin the neckband to the wrong side of the top, which will then be the folded neckband right sides up against the wrong side of the top.
- Stitch using a tiny zig zag for stretch (I left my serger at home).
- Flip the neckband to the right side and stitch close to the folded edge to secure.
With a light knit this gives a good clean neck binding that is nice on both sides. I also use the same treatment for woven bands and will take some pictures of that up close.
I will definitely make this top again. Five stars.