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Sunday, July 31, 2016

StyleArc Amber Woven Top

Have you seen this pattern?  I've had it in my stash for over a year and finally got around to stitching it up!

Fashionable slip on top featuring interesting details

Can you see all the details?  Darts, piping or trim along the front band and front and back neckbands. It also has darts at the shoulder seam making it a 'real' raglan sleeve.  What makes this top special is the finishings on the inside.  Everything is so tidy and neat!

The best thing to do is just show you what it looks like and then explain

This is the inside at the neckline.  There are no facings!  The facings are made with the front and back neckbands and also the front panel.  Those decorative pieces are sewn wrong sides together and then flipped to the right sides.  You stitch down those panels on the front and that is how the neckline is clean finished.  At the shoulder seams you use bias strips made from the fabric and everything is just gorgeous inside!  

This fabric was from my stash and I believe it is a rayon challis.  It looked so different on the right and wrong side I decided to turn the fabric to the wrong side for the garment and the right side for the panels.  The rick-rack is from my stash as well.  I purchased an entire box of it at an antique store several years.  The price tag on the package was 15 cents.  I should have done a better job matching the zig and zag part of the trim to it was even all the way down.  

I was showing the hubby where i wanted him to focus the camera.  It was on the topstitching, not on my chest.  I think he's hopeless.

I like that the design wraps around the back of the top.  

This is pretty boxy but overly so.

From the side, you can see that I made an FBA and a swayback adjustment and it was needed.

I like this top.  It isn't my favorite but it was a fun sew just because of the way the the panels create a clean finish.  Fabric choice is critical.  I think my rayon may have been a bit too heavy.

Thanks for reading!