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Style Arc Melinda knit tunic

First things first.  This was intended as a wearable muslin.  I’m never going to wear it, and it’s going into the op shop bag.  But that doesn’t mean it was a failure.

Style Arc Melinda tunic in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics - not very wearable muslin

This is the Style Arc Melinda knit tunic. The line drawing and description from their website is as follows:

MELINDA KNIT TUNIC: The boat neck on this style gives this tunic length top a sophisticated look. The band treatment at the neck is both interesting and clever. The sliced bodice allows you to create your own version by mixing colours or textures. This tunic will become one of your favourite go to garments.


I used a linen knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics as my muslin, and it wasn’t a good choice. This would have been better in a fabric with more structure and stretch – such as the jersey knit and slinky suggested! I made straight size 12.

Style Arc Melinda tunic in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics - not very wearable muslin

The fit overall is not too bad – although I have gained quite a winter coat this year, even since these photos were taken, and by now it would probably even be a bit too tight around my middle. I really liked the way that the boat neckline was constructed. It was quite unusual, with folded bands attached to the upper front and back. The bands are straight but the neckline on the upper front dips which makes the bands dip with it. However, the dip wasn’t enough for me and I felt strangled. If I make this again I’ll need to remember to scoop out the front neckline more before attaching the bands. I’d also sew the two bands further in at the shoulders to narrow the boat neckline a little. It felt much too wide on me and exposed my bra straps. That said, my shoulders are more narrow and sloped than broad and substantial.

Style Arc Melinda tunic in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics - not very wearable muslin

So for me this was a classic example of a bad fabric and pattern match. I do like the lines of the pattern, with the above modifications. I’ve seen some rather lovely versions of it on the internet, so don’t let my review put you off entirely. Just consider the neckline depth and width before you sew – and don’t sew it in a linen knit.


3 thoughts on “Style Arc Melinda knit tunic

  1. I actually really like it! The fit looks spot on pretty much and wouldn’t be difficult to alter if you did find it a little fitting in places. I really like the grey as well. It is a shame you are not so happy with it!

  2. Thanks for this post. StyleArc just put the Etsy downloadable versions on sale. Melinda appealed to me for some funky slashed jersey I bought in SF two years ago. The combo of pattern and fabric will be perfect for my superchic DIL once I carve out the dip a little. I appreciate the tip.

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