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Friday, May 6, 2016

Loving StyleArc!

I know, I know....I have a thing for StyleArc that I just can't help but instead of apologizing, I am going to show you my makes!  I haven't been blogging much simply because I've been busy.  This time of year is always nuts at work and my second grandson was born four weeks ago so life has been a little crazy!  But, I love it!  Would you just look at this picture?  Grandson number one, who is 2.5, is holding and kissing his little brother, 2 days old.  I just love this photo!
























I know you aren't here to tell me how beautiful my grandchildren are, so let's get back to sewing.  :)

Here is an outfit made from 2 StyleArc patterns.  The first is the Kim Swing Top.  Here is what it looks like:

Jersey swing top with an asymmetrical hemline and short sleeve

This is a newer pattern from StyleArc.  It is described as a Great everyday jersey top with style.  Featuring an asymmetrical hemline, round neck and short sleeve, a staple piece for your wardrobe.  
Directions for this top are very straight forward and there is only four pieces to the pattern.  If you've made a tee-shirt, you can tackle this top.  I do feel like StyleArc is attempting to upgrade their directions.  There is even a helpful diagram included with this pattern.  '



Next is the Barb Stretch Pant.  I've made this pattern twice now, once in stretch Bengaline, that I ordered from StyleArc, and the second time in a beefy ponte that worked great!  I had read somewhere that StyleArc patterns were known for their fit and drafting on their pants patterns and I thought, "What?"  I have only tried one pant pattern from them and I really liked it for some reason the lights didn't blink at me nor did any bells go off to say, "Try more of the pants patterns!"  Sometimes I am really dense!

Pull on woven stretch pant with wide waistband and the perfect leg shape

Both garments were fun and quick to put together.  For the pants, I made ZERO alterations to the pattern.  I love how these fit and I love the stretch bengaline I ordered from SA.  The Kim top was made from fabric from my stash and I love the movement of the wavy lines.  DH also gave his stamp of approval.


My only deviation from both patterns was to use my regular sewing machine on the top's hemline.  I put my coverstitch in time-out for the next couple of days so I used a single needle stretch stitch and honestly, it works just great!

Any alterations I made to the patterns were confined to the top.  BTW, I love how it falls from the shoulders.  I love the folds it naturally makes; it feels graceful and fun when wearing.





Typically, I make a swayback adjustment, a sloping shoulder adjustment and also an FBA.  I did that with this pattern as well and am pleased with the results.

I love my outfit.  It is comfortable to wear, washes beautifully and is so darn comfortable!


Sorry for the close-up of my side, but I wanted to show you the design lines on the pants!  
Thanks for reading!
Sue





13 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful photo. Congratulations! Love your new outfit

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    1. Thanks Lori! I appreciate your kind words!

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  2. I only cut out a Beth today, so it was good to read about your success.
    I do agree that Style Arc seems to be putting a little more detail in its instructions these days.
    And congratulations on becoming a grandmother again.

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    1. Thank you Beth! I hope you like the Beth. It is a great pattern!

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    2. Thank you Paola, where did I get Beth? :)

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  3. OMG, Sue, your grandchildren are beautiful! I have 2 and I never knew you could love two little people so much. Congratulations on your new arrival.
    I'm going to try the StyleArc pants.....I've had the pattern awhile now so time to bite the bullet. I've learned to post on PR (:-) now so you'll see my projects soon!
    Mary Taylor
    Taylormade

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    1. oh yay Mary! I can't wait to see your creations! Thanks, I so know what you mean on loving the grandchildren. They are so precious and just so delightful!

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  4. Nice top and pants. Cute, cute grandsons.

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    1. Thank you Linda! I think they are pretty cute as well!

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  5. Congratulations on your new Grandson! Your new top and pants look wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Ann! Grandchildren are so much fun!

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  6. Sue, I like your new top and pants. Great job. Congratulations on your newest grandson. What a beautiful photo!

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  7. Fabulous outfit! I love the lines of the pants, and your fabric choice for the top! Congratulations on your new grandson, too--that photo is just darling. =)

    -Abbey

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