I honestly do not know what took me this long to sew a Style Arc pattern! I’ve heard people say how beautiful the fit is and how well drafted the patterns are. I guess it took a Black Friday Sale for me to final give in and purchase my very first pattern. This is the Kristy Woven Top Pattern by Style Arc.
When you purchase a PDF pattern from Style Arc, you only receive one size. I picked a size 10 based on my measurements and their measurement chart. I’m really happy with the fit of the size 10.
I used a textured dotted viscose fabric from my local fabric store. This is the very first fabric that I purchased when the fabric shops were allowed to re-open back in June. Unfortunately, right now as I type this, our fabric shops are closed. In fact, one store actually stopped providing the curbside pick up service. I’m not too sure why. But anyways, this fabric will always remind me of how excited I was to go back into a fabric store…it was amazing. I can’t wait to be able to do that again!
This was my very first time sewing a rouleau loop, and I’m pretty sure I sewed the loop to the facing and the back facing to the blouse wrong. But it looks fine. I’m definitely going to be sewing this top again very soon and I will try another way of attaching the loop to the facing and the back facing to the top. I tried to find a pink or purple button, but was unsuccessful, so I used this black button. I think the black button looks beautiful.
Some things to note about this pattern:
- The pattern instructions are similar to Burda Style – very minimal and maybe 1 photo (of a tricky step). There was a total of 14 instructions for this top.
- The sleeves have a dart, but the instructions do not instruct you to sew the dart, so don’t forget about the sleeve dart if you do end up sewing this pattern.
- Pattern does not instruct you to stay-stitch the neck or the arm holes. With this lightweight fabric, I would suggest stay-stitching. I didn’t on this make, but I will for my future makes.
- On the styled pattern photo – the sleeves look a bit longer. I even lengthened my sleeves by one inch.
Will I make this pattern again? Absolutely, right away actually. I really enjoyed sewing this. The pattern pieces came together beautifully. I haven’t had that happen in a long time! It was simply beautiful the way they all came together. For my next make, I will lengthen the sleeves again (I’m not too sure by how much yet), I will stay-stitch the neck line for sure and I’m even considered doing a double flounce – I will need to see how much fabric I have!
I hope you enjoyed this make as much as I did!
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