Style Arc Embellished

04 Apr 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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  • Carol
    Posted at 10:43h, 04 April Reply

    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.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:56h, 04 April Reply

      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
        Posted at 17:06h, 06 April Reply

        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.

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 10:50h, 04 April Reply

    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.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:59h, 04 April Reply

      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! 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 12:32h, 04 April Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:00h, 04 April Reply

      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!! 🙂

  • sewingaddict
    Posted at 13:09h, 04 April Reply

    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!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:02h, 04 April Reply

      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!

  • Susan - Knitters Delight
    Posted at 15:24h, 04 April Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:03h, 04 April Reply

      Thanks so much Susan. I can’t and couldn’t resist a ruffle! I’m so glad the fabric didn’t end up being used as a muslin 🙂

  • Pauline Droy
    Posted at 15:42h, 04 April Reply

    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?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:04h, 04 April Reply

      Hi Pauline! Thanks for the nice comment. When my year runs out I’m going to buy a bathing suit!!!!

  • Valerie
    Posted at 17:17h, 04 April Reply

    Very pretty top. The ruffle adds that couture touch.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:08h, 04 April Reply

      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 🙂

  • robindenning
    Posted at 22:36h, 04 April Reply

    Sing it, sister!
    Looks great!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:14h, 06 April Reply

      Thanks, Robin. A reader just sent me one of your neckline alterations……. can’t wait to try it 🙂

  • Lori
    Posted at 00:36h, 05 April Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:12h, 06 April Reply

      Thank you, Lor! I was surprised by how nice the ruffle turned out and will try it again sometime 🙂

  • Irene
    Posted at 09:41h, 05 April Reply

    Wonderful top! Looks lovely on you.

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 12:40h, 05 April Reply

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

  • Myra
    Posted at 07:43h, 06 April Reply

    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!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:09h, 06 April Reply

      Thank you, Myra. For me Style Arc patterns are worth the price, the postage and the wait!!

  • sewing galaxy
    Posted at 08:34h, 06 April Reply

    OMG! Your fitting ist amazing! Great top!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:09h, 06 April Reply

      Many thanks for the nice comment! I was pleased with the end result 🙂

  • Sophia
    Posted at 15:05h, 22 April Reply

    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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