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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kylie Knit top

What is wrong with me?  I simply can't stop sewing with StyleArc patterns!  I love them so!  Here is my latest make:


I know my print is busy, but it is Jungle January and I had to participate!  What gets a little lost are the design lines so here is a pic of the pattern from the StyleArc site: Knit top with an open back overlay

That front and back overlay is just so stinking cute!  Here is a description from the StyleArc site: Fashionable and functional top. The overlay has a high low hemline and an opening down the back. This top can be made long or short sleeves therefore suitable for all seasons. Need a basic tee? - Just leave the overlay off.


My fabric is from FM.  Where I purchase a vast majority of my fabrics.  


I really like the neckline on this.  The band is sandwiched between the overlay and the main portion of the garment.  You'll want to make sure everything lines up precisely or the overlay will look and lay funny.  


A little breeze caught a portion of the back overlay and you can see it swinging in the wind here! 




And here is another slight breeze to blow the other side of the back overlay a bit!


Look how nice those sleeves are!  They are the perfect length.  Is it any wonder I love StyleArc patterns so much?  It seems as though they were drafted for me, personally!
I do have to admit I make a few minor adjustments to the pieces and here they are: 1/2" swayback adjustment and 1/4" sloping shoulder adjustment.  Not bad, eh?




I love this top!  It went together well and is a newer pattern that I enjoyed trying.  One thing I did note is that the neckband doesn't have any markings on the pattern piece.  Just play with it before you stitch your neckband down to make sure you like how all three layers are lining up.  

Thanks for reading!
Sue 

12 comments:

  1. I've been looking at that one, and just happen to have some print from FM similar to yours. Hummm.

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    1. Go for it patsijean! I think it will be super cute!

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  2. That is a great looking top and fun pattern.

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    1. Thanks Lori, this is a very fun pattern!

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  3. Really nice pattern! looks great! Did you use a knit? It hangs so nicely--I can never get the bottom of knit tops to hang so well, they always look kind of pulled out at the bottom. Also the overlay looks like the bottom is nice and flowing. I would like to try this top, (or any Style Arc, just haven't gotten to it) but wonder about the fabric choice and how you get the bottom to look so good. thanks for any tips!

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    1. Hi Julie, yes, I did use a knit for this. Here are my tips for softer knits and getting the hems to hang nicely. I used two different techniques as the overlay needed to hang differently than the main body of the top.
      For the overlay--I hemmed this with my coverstitch machine and put one-inch strips of tear-away embroidery stabilizer between the fabric and the dog feeds. Gently tear away the stabilizer when done and you have a nice hem with no tunneling!
      For the tops main body, I did some experimenting as I wanted this hemline to not have the floaty characteristics of the overlay. I cut about 1" strips of the same knit as the top. I folded the hemline of the top, pressed and slipped the strips in between the folded hem. After that, I also used the coverstich and then trimmed away any excess with a pair of applique scissors. Someday soon, I will show how I do this on my blog. Happy sewing!
      Sue

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    2. I have some stabilizer and will give it a try. The second tip about the 1" strips is also interesting--will also try that on some scraps to see how it looks. I have made a few knit tops and I always think the bottom hems make them look odd and just not professional--kind of pulled, so I appreciate learning this and thank you for your response! Your blog is inspiring!

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    3. I hope this works for you Julie! Let me know--everyone has a technique they prefer and I hope you like mine!

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  4. It really does fit you so nicely. It's great when you find patterns that fit without a lot of alteration.

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    1. Thank you Beverly and YES!!! Not many alterations are super!

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  5. Really nice job !! It's very flattering on you

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