Style Arc Embellished

Since completing the “Kate Spade” dress last week I took a short break from the sewing machine and eased back in to the eighth month of sewing my clothes for a year with something super simple. For a moment I thought this project was so easy it didn’t deserve a post, but then I decided it certainly deserved a post just because it was so easy.

After several successful experiences with Style Arc patterns, I placed another order which included the Diana top pattern.

 The top would have taken one hour to make but I decided to add a neckline ruffle – surprise, surprise.

To my great delight the ruffle only added another two hours to the project, and now I’m glad I took the time to embellish this basic pattern. I used the ruffle that came with this Simplicity pattern because it had a nice taper.  I cut two tapered ruffle pattern pieces and sewed both ends together, folded in half and gathered before attaching to the top. Then I cut a bias strip to use as a facing.

This top was made using a cotton jersey in my stash. It began as a muslin but was quickly transformed into a fun warm-weather top that I can wear with skirts, pants and shorts. Style Arc did it again and I sincerely recommend this pattern company because the patterns are cut and shaped so well.

LOOK MA’  NO DARTS!So……. here’s to

s i m p l i c i t y

g o o d   p a t t e r n s

a n d

e a s y   s e w i n g  !

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27 Responses to Style Arc Embellished

  1. Carol says:

    Great top! You did it again…I just ordered my first Style Arc pattern last week. I can’t wait for it to arrive and give it a try. 8 months…my how time flies.

    • Hi Carol,
      Thanks for the comment! Which pattern did you order? Because I live in South Carolina, the postage is expensive and it takes a lonnnnnngggg time for the patterns to arrive, so I order several…… then the pressure is on to get busy and sew :)

      • Carol says:

        I actually received my pattern today!! They mailed it the next day which was April 2nd and I received it today!! I can’t believe how quick that was. I’m in Louisiana. I ordered the Leah Lounge pant and the free Amy knit top came with it. I’ll be cutting those out tonight. I wanted to see how close they were to my recreated pair of Talbot’s pants that I copied as my pants for the Kenneth King Jeanius class on Craftsy. They fit almost perfect, I just had to adjust the waist on them so I’ll see how close this Style Arc pattern is to them.

  2. Art Attack says:

    Very cute, indeed. I love it that you love orange as much as I do. I wish I could find a tee shirt pattern with cup sizes and no darts…not sure such a thing exists. This is adorable on you…great work.

    • Thanks, Dorcas! I have always loved coral and its variations both on the pink and orange side. It goes with my skin! I don’t know about the tee shirt with cup sizes but let me (or the world) know when you find it! :)

  3. Carolyn says:

    This is soooo you! I love how you interpreted the pattern to make it your own…and I love the color!

    • Ah…… thanks, Carolyn! That’s the key to successful sewing isn’t it – learning how to make a pattern your own . You do this soooooo well and I love the appliques on the new dress!! :)

  4. sewingaddict says:

    Well done! I am so impressed with your creativity. I would never have thought to add a ruffle to this pattern, but now that you have done so, I cannot imagine it any other way! Keep up the good work!!!

    • I guess you could say I’m addicted to ruffles and that I just love making things complicated! Taking the easy route just doesn’t compute with me :) Many thanks for your nice comments!

  5. Oh my goodness – what a beautiful, classic top. It is an amazing color and the ruffle was the perfect touch.

  6. Pauline Droy says:

    lovely looking top and it really suits you. The question is what happens after your year runs out – surely you can’t go back to buying RTW again?

  7. Valerie says:

    Very pretty top. The ruffle adds that couture touch.

    • Hi Valerie,
      Thank you!
      I love the new header on your blog along with the new tunic! Somehow……. I never joined your blog until today, but I’m so glad I’ll get your posts now. You look very happy in Australia :)

  8. robindenning says:

    Sing it, sister!
    Looks great!

  9. Lori says:

    Great job, I really like the ruffled neckline, I need to remember that. Orange looks fantastic on you.

  10. Irene says:

    Wonderful top! Looks lovely on you.

  11. Maggie Edger says:

    You make me want to sew again. The top is really nice. A. Maggie

  12. Myra says:

    You did a phenomenal job on this top! Love the color and style! I’ve never used these patterns, but will definitely take a look now!

  13. OMG! Your fitting ist amazing! Great top!

  14. Sophia says:

    Beautiful top. It looks so springy/summery! Oh yes, I love simplicity, good patterns, and easy sewing also. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the patterns I’ve been taking on lately have had any of these features!

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