The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!
This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return. It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.
Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own. I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.
I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom. The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit. No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment. This gives a nice swish to everything.
Colder weather is here, and that means time for long sleeves. Not yet cold enough for sweaters, but certainly sleeves.
To that end, I present the Style Arc Issy top.
I agree, making it in a stripe does create a certain visual vibration.
The pattern was on sale in the Style Arc Amazon shop several months back. While it looks crazy complicated (ruching! pleats! cowl!) it is actually pretty simple. There are only 8 match points to get all this extravagance. Who’d have thought to tuck in part of the neck pleating into the armhole seam? Pretty cool!
Style Arc and I have a love/hate relationship with their sizing, so I wasn’t at all sure this would fit, but it does! I love it when a muslin becomes wearable rather than a wadder. On their more recent releases, they tell you what the ease difference is between sizes, which helps tremendously.
I will make one change on the next one, which will be leveling out the bottom. The pattern calls for it to be canted to the right, but my figure isn’t canted-bottom friendly. Certain parts should not be accented.
There was just a smidge of fabric left over from making the Floribunda Angry Milkmaid top, but I was loathe to toss it.
That’s what’s so great about the Style Arc Lotti – the color blocking uses up all the leftover knit scraps. The only caution is the scraps should be of the same weight, otherwise things wobble, and pull and well…look hodge podge and askew. Don’t ask me how I know…
Of course, when the color blocking craze runs it’s course, and is no longer fashionable, who knows what I’ll do with the leftovers. Perhaps it will become my style.
Fashion is Fleeting. Style Lasts Forever.
I made a resolution with myself to clear the cutting table this summer. All the fabric piled around the edges waiting, waiting, waiting.
A second rendition of the Style Arc Maggie was just the ticket. Both pieces of fabric were from the Phoenix Sew-In RumMage sale. It’s been five years since I attended, so that will give you an idea of how long this has hidden in the stash. It’s reached an age of being wearable (similar to wines that are drinkable).
The fabric is a rayon woven. Quite drapy, and most suitable for Maggie.
I made two changes this time around.
The band collar is 1/4 inch larger than the original pattern. I attached it using a modification of the Louise Cutting collar technique: it was sewn to the blouse body before the band top was stitched. I know, that doesn’t make sense, but it’s really a much easier way to do this. I’m also pretty sure there’s a tutorial on youtube somewhere.
The second change was adding more width to the back, having the pleat be fuller. I wanted more floatiness.
I wore this with leggings and ballet flats. There were many compliments.
Ever since I’ve made this, I simply cannot get the Bob Dylan song out of my mind…”Don’t want to work on Maggie’s Farm No More”
Maybe if we all sing a few bars, that’ll get it out of my head?
Another acquisition from the Style Arc pattern sale. This one is definitely a winner. I was looking for something comfy to wear with leggings, for those days when you have to get dressed, but would really rather stay in your bath robe and ducky slippers.
Maggie fits the bill perfectly. I checked the sizing on the patterns, and let the finished width determine what size I cut. Since this is a fairly loose, flowy design, I decided to try the first one with no pattern alterations. Fit perfect right out off the paper.
One caveat. The instructions for stitching the front placket are minimal at best. I suppose this is in keeping with Style Arc’s assumption that we all know what we’re doing. Sometimes. Sometimes, not so much. Thankfully there are three images on the Etsy web site section for this pattern that shows how to fold the front placket. Mark your fold lines!
I used those as a guide, and everything turned out. The fabric is an I-don’t-know-what which I picked up several years back at the Phoenix Sew-In RuMmage table. It feels like a challis, which is what the pattern calls for.
I see more Maggie’s in my future.
Just as I was starting to think about what to make for sewing camp, Style Arc had a sale on their on-line patterns.
These are PDF downloads from their Etsy store. I admit to being an old-school sewist, and don’t much care for the PDFs. All that taping and matching before you even get to fitting and sewing? Just not the way I roll.
But… Lotti caught my eye. I liked the color blocking, as well as the fact that it took so little fabric. Hmmm, maybe those leftover favorites I’ve been hanging onto could still be used?
I checked their measurements against my own, then printed off only the size I needed (the download comes as a sizing 3-pack). Rummaged around in the knit bit auditioning fabrics, until I came up with this combo. The print is the very last bit. I think there may be a 2 inch strip left over. And if you’re wondering, yes, I still kept it. It could be binding!
The solid colors are from stash. I keep a variety of solids around “just in case”. You never know when you’ll need a pop of color.
I didn’t have enough of the print to attempt matching the stripes (throw caution to the winds!). The sewing was straight forward. The fit is great. A scrappy stylish summer top!
I did so much tweaking on the first Lana top, I had to make another. If only to see that I could (A) understand all my changes, (B) still have all seams, notches and markings line up and lastly, continue to have the pattern fit as expected.
Here’s the result: a resounding YES! It fits much better than the original. Everything lines up appropriately. My notes were not as cryptic as I feared. Whew! What a relief!
Now, to the important, pressing question – why are the sleeves a solid color? Nudge, nudge, wink wink answer – I ran out of fabric. I’ve already made another top from this knit, and there was simply not enough left over for sleeves. Creating an edging ties everything together, so my lack of fabric becomes a design feature. Nifty, don’t you think? Design feature.