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StyleARC Tootsie knit top

Another StyleARC make.  The Tootsie knit top was last month’s free pattern.  I sewed it up in size 12 straight out of the package.  Luckily for me Anne had already made it, so I used her tips to finish the back neckline.

StyleARC Tootsie top

Although the front of this top looks as though there are pieces that wrap across one another, it is actually cut out in pieces and assembled a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. In addition, there are tucks at each of the seams. I took it slowly, and managed to have it come together very nicely. The judicious application of Vliesofix tape to fix each of the tucks and seams before they were topstitched helped a lot too.

StyleARC Tootsie top

I considered narrowing the shoulders before sewing this up, but have decided that with knits I often like to sew a pattern as is for the first try. They really do vary in cut, even within one brand, and if I treat each first version as a wearable muslin (or give it away after construction) then I can work out what will be best for that pattern. As this one stands, I don’t think that it requires much alteration, if any.

StyleARC Tootsie top

You can see the tuck lines along each seam a little better in this photo. The front neckline is nicely finished by the tucks, and by using a binding along the back neckline and wrapping it around the front edges when the shoulders are seamed, you get a very neat finish all around. I’m not entirely convinced about this sleeve length. I didn’t want the sleeves to finish at boob level, but wasn’t sure that a sleeve finishing right across the widest part of my arm would be flattering either. These may be a little long.

StyleARC Tootsie top with Linda stretch pant

All the hems were finished with a twin needle. The fabric was lovely to work with – a beautiful cotton/lycra navy and white stripe from Darn Cheap Fabrics. Stripes work beautifully with this pattern. Because the weather is still cold here, I styled it with a purchased red cardigan and one of my many pairs of StyleARC Linda pants for work.

StyleARC Tootsie top

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19 thoughts on “StyleARC Tootsie knit top

  1. Awesome! I think the sleeves work well that length on you, and if you made it again, long or 3/4 sleeves would be good too. Shorter might throw out the balance of the cross front?

  2. I love this on you. It’s one of those wow! moments I get every now and then when a special one comes across the screen. I love everything about it and I think the sleeves are a perfect length. The material is very smart and it really flatters your figure the way the stripes run.

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