This review is very late coming – I sewed (and photographed) this some time around August 2016. Looks like Style Arc were very on trend with this pattern – because patterns like this are everywhere now, a year later!
Style Arc describe the Cold Shoulder knit top as follows: Embrace the trend this season and wear the fashionable “Cold Shoulder Top” with its cut out shoulders this top is designed to hug the body and looks great with your jeans. Make it with a long or short sleeve. FABRIC SUGGESTION Jersey, Knit, Merino knit, Light Ponte or any fabric with stretch.
I sewed size 4 for Clare, but straightened out the waist shaping through the body. I used narrow (6mm? 1cm? Can’t remember which) Vliesofix tape to secure the armhole openings and the neckline in place before stitching them down. It was a simple fold once to the inside, and the neckline curve was just right for this finishing treatment to sit nicely.
Clare could probably have done with a sway back alteration, but I’m a bit wary to alter patterns too much at the moment because she is still growing and her proportions keep shifting. She’s worn this top quite a lot this winter actually and those folds at the back have reduced substantially.
I used the overlocker for construction but the twin needle to secure all the edges. The fabric is a beautiful quality cotton/lycra knit from Crafty Mamas Fabrics. I know that I’m repeating myself, but her fabrics are such lovely quality. They are expensive, let’s not pretend otherwise, but they are extremely good value as they sew and wear beautifully. Definitely worth the price.
I’m adding a couple more photos to show off the vest that I crocheted myself a few years ago but has now taken firm residence in Clare’s wardrobe. It looks great with this top! It’s blogged here.
If you’re looking for a cold shoulder top there are patterns for them everywhere, but as usual Style Arc have done a terrific job with their drafting. This was fast to sew and definitely fits into current trends without being too out there.