Another Style Arc Sunny top – I think that this is my third.
I don’t think that I got the most “flattering” lot of photos of this one! Anyway, it’s another remnant top. The chain jacquard knit used for the front and upper back was in the remnant bin at Darn Cheap Fabrics, and the navy is a soft double-knit that was in stash – it’s the same knit I used for the sleeves of Clare’s Groove top in the last blog post.
The secret of success with this pattern is that you MUST use fabric with loads of stretch for the sleeves. They are very narrow, to balance out the cocoon shape of the body of the top, and if the fabric isn’t stretchy enough they will not be at all comfortable. Fortunately this double knit worked out fine – maybe it’s more of a rib? – but many wouldn’t.
From the Style Arc website: SUNNY KNIT TOP: This is a new shape for a knit top. The oversized look becomes very flattering because of pattern drafting and the cocoon shape which is the new on trend look. Try it, you will love it!! FABRIC SUGGESTION: Slinky knit, any drapery knit.
My previous versions were both sewn in very stretchy and drapey fabric, and I really do recommend it. I wear both heaps. A viscose knit would be perfect as well. I have already been getting quite a lot of wear out of this new version too. It definitely won’t be the last time I sew this pattern.