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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Pearl top from StyleArc

The Pearl Knit top was a freebie in October and I had to order anyway so....

Draped side knit top with long or short sleeves
Isn't this just comfortable cute?  It looks like a sweatshirt you can't wait to pop on at the end of the day or hang out in for the weekend.  I found it to be a tad dressier than it is pictured above...we will see what you think!

Here is how it is described on StyleArc's site: The gorgeous draped side panel cleverly creates an interesting pocket detail.  The asymmetrical hemline adds a stylish effect to this on trend top.  Mix it up by using different textures or colours.


  I used a lovely knit I purchased from a local quilt shop which decided to sell off all their fabric and focus on software, machines, notions.  Anyway, I bought the entire dang bolt of this Michael Miller that has a bit of lycra in it.  


Can you see the construction process I messed up on?
That's right, the pocket should be on the other side.  You cut each piece individually and I had the fabric wrong-side up and therefore everything was reversed.  



I found this top to be much more asymmetrical  than shown in the line drawing.  I also found it longer than expected.  I am 5'7".  StyleArc patterns are usually the perfect length for me, both in sleeves and in the torso and this was no exception.  I love it when that happens!


As you can see, there really aren't many seams to this tunic.  There really aren't that many steps to this top either.  And for StyleArc, the directions are adequate even for them!  If you have some knowledge of putting together knits and have put together basic tees or a sweatshirt, you'll be able to figure this out.


Don't stress over the dropped pocket.  Just read the steps and make sure you have carefully clipped your notches, match up the corresponding letters and you'll be fine.   To reinforce that bit of stress on that part of the top, I reinforced it with a small piece of silk organza sewn to the seamline prior to attaching the dropped pocket piece.  I just felt better about putting this together if I reinforced the area. Maybe I am an over-anxious seamstress?


I made a straight up size 12 and the fit is spot on.  No FBA was needed for me.


I taped the shoulder seams with stay tape and it worked beautifully.  A few things I really appreciate about StyleArc is the drafting of the shoulders and necklines.  The neckband went in perfectly....just perfectly!  It lays nice on your neckline...can you tell I love the drafting of this?

Another winner from StyleArc!

Thanks for reading!
Sue

17 comments:

  1. Another great top, you are on a roll with great new garments.

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    1. Thank you Lori! I appreciate your kind words!

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  2. Very nice -- looks much more attractive made up than the illustration.

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    1. Thank you Karen, I was surprised at how much more i like it after it was made up!

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  3. You know, I didn't even give this one a second glance when I saw it in their email. But seeing it on you-- it looks so comfy cozy! Now I I'm thinking I want one. Another to add to the queue! :)

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    1. Lol Robin! I totally get the stash additions!

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  4. It's very cute Sue and perfect for fall! I like that pocket. It's interesting but not overly dramatic.

    Style Arc can be lacking in directions but man do they make up for it so many other ways.

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    1. Thanks Nakisha! I agree- with SA's challenges, they do achieve awesome results!

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  5. That's really cute, and I love the leopard leggings with it! The pocket has me intrigued as to how they did it.

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    1. Thanks Ann! The pocket is so creatively made with folding fabric. :)

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  6. Amazing post! You have a wonderful blog:)
    What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?..

    www.bloglovin.com/blog/3880191

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    1. Thanks Irene and yes, I'll follow you!

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  7. I've just cut this top out, so it was very reassuring to read your review as I'm that same size and similar height. Thanks for posting!

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    1. Glad to be of help! I hope you love your as much as I do mine!

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  8. Lovely to see this made up Sue. I got this pattern with my October order too.

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