Sunday, September 22, 2013

Elizabeth Top in Stripes

Pattern: StyleArc Elizabeth Top
Fabric: Khaki and Black Striped Cotton Jersey Knit - Mood Fabrics


Whoa, I am loving my new top! This is the Elizabeth Top from StyleArc (free pattern for July - Woo-hoo!) and it is a winner for sure! I haven't found a single other version on the interwebs, which means you guys are missing out! This is a great pattern and can be made in a knit or a woven.  My favorite part of this design is the overlapping asymmetrical flap on the front - very cool and flattering! The panels skim over the waist and hips while maintaining a nice fit. Also love the length of the sleeves and the button loop closure at the neckline in the back.




Here are the details:

Pattern: StyleArc Elizabeth Top

Size: 8

My Shape: Tall (6'0), pear shape, narrow shoulders, long torso

Fabric: Khaki and Black Striped Cotton Jersey Knit - Mood Fabrics

Size Alterations:

- None! And it fits perfectly!

Design Changes:

- Sleeves may be an inch or two shorter than originally intended, after much fiddling with the finishing (no sleeve band, wait add a sleeve band, didn't line it up right, adjust sleeve band, don't like it, hem as originally instructed ;)

Construction Notes:

- Squeezed out of one yard of fabric- would NOT recommend. One of the side seams does not have matching stripes and the underneath front layer is actually patched together with two pieces of fabric :/
- In a knit, cut the neckband on the grain, and shorten slightly
- The two front pieces are basted across the shoulders and neckline, and top-stitched down part way
- Zig zag stitch on sewing machine for most of construction (occasional serging or straight stitch...)
- Oh, and I almost forgot - I used tan thread and colored it black with a sharpie on the black stripes ;)




In conclusion... I totally love this top, I have worn it many times since finishing it last weekend, and I can't wait to try it in a woven! :)  Well, Style Arc is now 2 for 2 in my book - what do you think? Are you tempted to try this pattern?

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