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Style Arc: Issy


With the warm weather we’ve been having, the wardrobe called out for another summer top.

Along came a sleeveless Issy.  Style Arc shows a line drawing of the top sleeveless on the pattern envelope, so why not give it a try?

This was the last of this fabric.  Given the single-layer layout for Issy, and the odd angles of the front, there was just enough. Whew!

It has been a while since I made this pattern, so  I had to get one of the sleeved versions out to remember how the front folds went.

Catching the folded cowl into the armhole seam required some concentration – best not done at the end of a long day at the office (or after a beer or two).  Once that was figured out, the rest was simple stitching on the serger.

Ta da!



Hot Patterns: Riviera Cote d’Azur Tunic


Another Hot Patterns Cote D’Azur rendition, this time the tunic length.  The fabric is a nice soft rayon knit, which has been aging in stash for a while.  Some fabrics are like fine wine, they just need to age.  Others are more like armagnac – they need to age for ages.

The pattern is printed so the fuller bottom pieces attach midway to the top.  It took several tries, and looking (but not registering) at the drawings before I figured out that the way I had the traced pieces taped together was not how they were supposed to go.  I had the bottom back attached to the top front.  Sooo not going to work that way.

Once my taping faux pas was fixed (say that 3 times fast) everything went together nicely.

The top was sewn on the serger, and hemmed on the cover stitch.  Easy peasy.

Now, you see those sequins on the fabric.  They didn’t come off in the wash, which is what I expected.  However they did come off during ironing.  The iron had sparkles on it for ages!

Style Arc: La La Laura


The last of the pin-up fabric has finally found it’s pattern match!  Whew!

Not so much “Whew!” in construction, but more in terms of auditioning various patterns.  Trying to figure out which one would make the best use of the remaining fabric proved to be more work than I expected.

It didn’t help that I only had one full pin-up panel left!  Did I mention she was only printed down the center of the fabric?  Who wants to wear someone’s legs, with no head or torso?  Not I!

Digging through the accent knits – you know, those bits and pieces you keep because there’s no telling when they may come in handy.  Solids.  Polka dots.  Stripes.  Small prints.  Anyway, hiding down at the bottom of the bin was a black & white dot, which works perfectly.

Like the Kim Swing Top in this fabric, I added more sparkles to the girl, then some to the accent fabric.  While adding rhinestones not difficult, it was tiresome, as my able pawed assistants decided jumping to and from the table was the order of the day.

Scattered rhinestones everywhere!

Style Arc: Kaleidoscope Kim


Another quick sew, the Style Arc Kim swing top.  This one in a riotous kaleidoscope of colors.

Since I’ve made this top before, there’s were no fitting adjustments.  Sewn on the serger.  It took me longer to cut it out, since it’s cut single layer than it took to sew it.

It’s comfy.  It’s cool.  I’ll wear it with leggings.

Hot Patterns: Riviera Cote d’Azur


This is a classic from Hot Patterns, the Riviera Cote D’Azur top, tunic and dress.  Designed for drapey knits, it’s one of those go-to styles that I have finally gotten around to going to.  Dressier than a regular t-shirt.  Versatile, as you can make make it with or without sleeves, as well as different lengths.  I think the pattern has been in stash for several years.  Hot Patterns, if you’re listening – don’t discontinue this one!

The top above was my fitting muslin, and it fits quite nicely, thank you very much.  Rather than go through the whole process of tissue fitting, I just compared the paper pattern with a regular t-shirt, highlighted the appropriate sizes, and traced it off.  After adjusting for my computer-caused forward shoulders, away I went!

The sewing was straight forward.  All done on the serger, until it came time to hem on the cover stitch.  I will offer this caution – that V neck is deep.  I took it in an inch, and it is still youthful.  I was going to say revealing, but it’s not, it’s just lower than I usually wear.

The fabric is from one of the knit bundles that Fabric Mart Fabrics offered ages ago.  It’s an ITY knit.  I liked the boldness of the stripes with the impressionist flowers.  Liked it enough to use it, not enough that I would have been upset if this turned into a wadder.  I am glad it didn’t.

Style Arc: Brooklyn


Now that I’m back to sewing, I’ve been making an effort to use some of the nicer fabrics I’ve acquired.  I mean, really? What am I waiting for?  Why not enjoy them now, instead of saving them “for later” or “for good”.

I’m sure we all have the apocryphal story of saving something “for nice” only to find when you went to wear / use / unfold it that it was no longer any good.

To that end, this is a fabric panel from the Tilton sisters Art Barn up in Oregon. I got it when they were having their eclipse sale last year.  It’s a very soft french terry.  Once in hand, there was just finding the right pattern.

Enter one of Style Arc’s Amazon sales, and here we have the Brooklyn top.  It’s great to wear with leggings and skinny jeans.  The fabric is so soft, it feels like wearing pajamas.  There wasn’t enough of the panel print to do the sleeves and collar, so I opted for a contrasting gray.

Even better, it has pockets.  A girl should never be without pockets.

McCalls: 7472


Not quite fabric scraps, the grape printed challis was barely a yard, acquired from the ASG Garage Sale back in May.  I walked past the bundles of fabric, trailing my hand along then stopped when I touched this one.  Ohhh!  Score!

It’s an old-style challis.  One of the softer more fluid ones.  The accent fabric on the sleeves and collar are also from the garage sale.  It’s a sueded challis in a bluish grey color.  The photo above doesn’t do the colors justice.  They are much more saturated in real life.

The pattern is a new one for me.  I liked the raglan sleeves so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining up a shoulder seam to my non-aligned shoulders.  I added a pleat to the back for a bit more fullness.

Otherwise there were no pattern alterations.  The sewing was very direct.  Sew seam.  Overlock seam.  Next!  I used Louise Cutting’s method for attaching the collar band.  She has a great tutorial on doing this which cuts down on bulk and insures the curves match.

Once the weather cools down, I plan on wearing this with grey leggings.