StyleArc Tessa Top


Tessa Top


Boy, do I like this shirt!


It’s a simple oversized top with interesting seaming and facings, plus, the asymmetrical front-to-back hem.


In the interest of fabric shortage, I chose a color block scheme, haha!





This is the second StyleArc pattern I’ve made, downloaded PDF from the Etsy website.  I used some linen twill from my stash consisting of blue and black threads woven in the twill pattern.  For the facings, I used the other side of the fabric just for fun!  The black solid on the back is a recycled dress shirt. 


The linen is a very loose weave, and got off-grain quite easily.  The seaming and topstitching are wonky in some places.


I’m trying to show the hi-low hem here.

As others have said, StyleArc instructions are very minimal.  I had to really think hard when getting the facings done the way I wanted.  I used a fusible interfacing called Pro-Tailor Deluxe for the facings in the neck, hem, and sleeve finishes.  I did my own thing, finishing the facings to the right side, using the other side of the linen.  You could finish them to the inside if you wanted.  The pattern calls for side inseam pockets, but I didn’t use them. 

I had to get used to the different seam allowances on the pieces.  Depending on the pattern pieces, there was 1 centimeter allowances on one side, and 1/4” on the other side.   I’m still not a big fan of the 1/4” seam allowances; old habits die hard!  I used French seams, so my seam allowances are more like 1/2”.  This is a size 10, and I really like the fit.  This is meant to be loose and somewhat boxy.  The bottom hem turns in slightly, creating a slight cocoon effect.

This is a great top!  Use it as a backdrop for some fabulous statement jewelry, or try your hand at color blocking.  Either way, it’s fairly easy to put together, and very well drafted.  It’s a great pull-over top, but still bra-strap friendly.  I’ll be making another one of these for sure!


Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug…


Simplicity 2369 

This dress had problems from the start…


The chosen fabric, while really pretty, was a bit too beefy.  I couldn’t get the correct setting on the serger, so every seam is a too-thick wavy mess.

I didn’t like the way it fit through the back either.

Then, while making the final seam finish, this happened…



I put it aside yesterday and taped together a new pattern, the StyleArc Tessa Top.


I have some linen from my stash, so we’ll see how this one goes.  When you get ready to put together one of these downloadable patterns, make sure you have a few extra rolls of tape handy.

Vogue 8534


Time for some easy stash bustin’!  This RPL remnant languished in my stash since making this dress.  It’s a great little border print, and fun way to use it up.  Vogue 8534 is super easy, only two pieces.  There are a couple of different views, I made view A, but as a longer tunic.  There’s not much to this top, just cut-on sleeves, and center-front pleat detail.



The instructions call for leaving the neck unfinished, but I decided to finish it with a strip of knit binding.


A fun use of the border!  I think this top could make a pretty dress.  Just lengthen it a bit.

BurdaStyle 2/2009 120


It’s taken me a while to finish up this blouse, but I think this is the pattern I’ll be using for my LOL print.

This is a fairly simple pattern, nice and blousy.  I made up my usual size 40 with some silk chiffon from Gorgeous Fabrics. 


For the placket, I used my TNT method of placket insertion from David  Page Coffin’s book on shirt tailoring.  I eliminated the sleeve placket and just did a gathered cuff, making sure that it would fit over my hand.  For the back yoke, I used two layers.


French seams everywhere, as well as small rolled hems.  Yes, chiffon is a terribly delicate fabric.  I pre-treated the fabric with a spray stabilizer, Cut each pattern flat, one piece at a time, using stabilizing paper under the fabric, and using my special shears meant for cutting delicate fabrics.  It’s much more time consuming, but the end results are worth it.  The delicate fabric requires delicate treatment. 



The fit is fairly long and blousy.  The front and back are gathered into the one piece yoke.  My gathers aren’t perfect, you can see a few pleats rather than gathers, but this fabric practically frays when you breath on it.  The less handling of the fabric (i.e., ripping out stitching), the better.


For my Liberty Fabric, I think I’ll shorten it just a bit, maybe do the button cuffs and add a tab so that I can roll the sleeves up.  Happy Sewing!

Vogue 1300


Hiya!  I finally finished up a dress I had started last Summer, this is Vogue 1300.  It appears to now be out of print.  It’s classified as Average, probably because you have to finish that drapey flounce with a very narrow hem.  Once you get that done, the rest is pretty easy.  There’s no hard fitting involved, no zips, no collars.  The pattern calls for side pockets, but I omitted them.



Time-consuming pressing/hemming required!








There’s no center back seam, so careful marking of your slit is needed for your loop/button closure.  This is a great little sack dress, the pattern includes a slip also (I used a RTW one).  Use a very thin fabric with a lot of drape.  This fabric came from Pacific Fabrics in Downtown Seattle.  It’s a fun little stretch poly.   It was labeled as White House Black Market, but who knows?  I’m trying to clear out a few unfinished projects to I can start on a Wrap Dress.  I joined the Sew-a-long over at McCalls.  Happy Sewing!!

Style Arc Ann Tee


Well hey there!  Recognize this shirt?  We all have them, don’t we?  Those race shirts that are too floppy and big to wear anywhere else but to do house work?  I thought I would take one of these shirts and test out my first ever Style Arc Pattern!  This Ann Tee pattern was a free download I got some time ago.  I had downloaded sizes 10 and 12, not really sure which one was for me. 


This is the size 10 and it’s pretty much perfect!  There is an elastic ruching that is done on the side seams of the front pattern only, but I didn’t do that here,


Here’s a crappy indoor picture because it has rained solid for the last two weeks!  The neckband is also wonky because I was trying to recycle the existing band and had to piece it together; not the best job, I’ll admit. 


You know the drill.  These downloadable patterns have to be printed out and taped together.  It’s not difficult.  Personally, I’m not a fan of the tiny 1/4” seams.  Not much wiggle room for alterations.  I like the fit of this tee shirt, not too tight, pretty feminine neckline, good fit on my shoulders.  I’m looking forward to trying the long-sleeved version, along with the elastic ruching.



Happy February!  Not a lot of sewing going on here, but more knitting.  This is a quick sweater that I started in January.  This is an older pattern called Naragansett, quick and easy.  I used (of course) another of my Madelinetosh yarns from stash called pashmina worsted in a color called Steam Age.


This is knitted from the top down and includes a cute little detail pattern at the raglan seams.


BRRR!! Stay warm, everyone!

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