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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Stash Buster Style Arc Tamara Top!

So today, I am still under the weather with this nagging cough and cold that I've had for at least three weeks.  Argh and grrr...but that's neither here or there so on with the review.  

I've had this fabric for months and just couldn't decide what to do with it although I do like it a lot. And then I found out that Style Arc patterns are on Etsy so what's a girl to do but check them out and I came across this little number.  

Interesting spliced knit top
And, here is a description from Style Arc's site: 
T” Top with interesting design lines allowing you to create your own look - colour block or use a lace or a sheer fabric to dress it up.  A great basic “T” a must have wardrobe builder.

I have quite a few knit tops, but none with this detailing and I just had to have it, even though it is a pdf and in theory pdf's are great, but then the work begins of taping, cutting, cutting, and taping...need I say more?  

This was easy to put together and even though the instructions are sparse, they were easy to follow.  I did deviate from the directions however and the results were just fine.  

I made a straight size 12 and look at that, no pulling at the bust!  What is up with that!  There are no darts nor shaping in that area, so I suspected this wearable muslin would be given to DD1 or 2, whichever wanted it.  Wow, was I wrong! 

I mentioned that I deviated from the directions and here's what I did, nothing major mind you, just some tweaks.  

The directions call for putting interfacing at the insets and front neckline to stabilize it.  I decided my ivory colored interfacing would show through so I decided to use staytape and know what?  It worked!  My other deviation was to add bands to the sleeves and lower hem simply because I didn't want to mess with my coverstitch on lace, I just couldn't fathom how that would end well for me. 

I thought for about 15 seconds about sewing the sleeves in flat but that just didn't work since they are two piece sleeves, see the bottom?  That's why I have my hand behind my head, so you can see the detailing, not my arm pits!

It is very important the inset and upper sleeve seam match or this top won't look right.  I am sometimes very lazy (like today) and don't always mark all my notches but luckily this was a detail I figured out...the directions tell you to line up the notches which would guarantee they'd match but like I said, I was lazy...

My only other alteration was to make my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment.  

I really love this top and it is a nice alternative from a regular tee!  

Thanks for reading!


  1. I love it,I want right to Style Arc website and ordered the pattern.You did a great job!!!

  2. I love it,I want right to Style Arc website and ordered the pattern.You did a great job!!!

  3. Oh my gosh! I love how you used your fabric. So great!!

  4. Lovely fit Sue. I can see why you are so pleased with this pattern.

  5. Thanks for this review! I looks great on you, and I can see that it would be a fun alternative to an ordinary T.

  6. What a fun top. I love the lac detail. Nice work.

  7. I really like the style lines of this top. Your fabric choices really are great. I have not tried Style Arc yet, because I was not sure what size to purchase. I may have to do some homework in that area, so I can get this pattern.

    1. I think you'll like these pattern Dharma!