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Esme the third

This is the third time I’ve sewn the Style Arc Esme top, but it’s quite different to the last two.  This time around it’s sleeveless, without the collar.

Style Arc Esme top in poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I had a small amount of this poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics left over after sewing a cardigan, and wanted to use it up. I did consider a sleeveless version of the Tessuti Mandy boat tee, but remembered that the Esme top has a nice high-low hemline with side slits, so just that little bit more detail.

Style Arc Esme top in poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

From the Style Arc website: Square cut top with funnel or band neck options, sleeved or sleeveless, with a high/low hem. “The Wanted” garment of the season. This knit top has a fabulous bias cut collar that can stand fashionably high or turned over. Make it sleeveless or with sleeves for the cooler months. FABRIC SUGGESTION & DESCRIPTION: Ponte, Scuba or any fabric with a stretch component.

esme-top

Most of the versions I’ve seen of this top on the internet have the collar (most are the long sleeved versions too).  I think that the sleeveless version with neckband is definitely worth keeping in mind as well.  I love some pattern versatility!

Style Arc Esme top in poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I’m happy with the fit across my rounded forward shoulders (that’s another alteration I should consider adding to my list) and there is plenty of ease through the body – most of you know that is my preference. I sewed size 12 without alterations.  Construction for this one was mostly on the machine, with the overlocker used for the shoulder seams and to attach the neckband.  I needed to be able to press the side seams open so that I could hem the sleeves effectively and sew the side slits.

Style Arc Esme top in poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

It’s really more of a winter top than a summer one despite being sleeveless, because it definitely is polyester. I have worn it a bit as part of a twin-set, with the aforementioned cardigan (the pattern is the Style Arc Coral cardigan). I rather like it in this combination! Definitely an outfit for those days when I need a bit of psychological armour – plenty of colour and print. It gives me confidence!

Style Arc Esme top in poly Anna Sui double knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

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16 thoughts on “Esme the third

  1. My goodness, how I love this fabric! Im not much of a print person but I would have bought every yard of this one. Is it just me or does it remind anyone else of the artist Clarice Cliff?

  2. Fantastic top – especially pleased to see it work so well as I was second guessing myself on a similarly conspicuous fabric for this pattern that I have cut out to sew.

  3. What a great combination – pattern, colours, top and jacket. Absolutely stunning in and of each piece itself and together – whooo boy! Even though I have a hard time wearing polyester, I know I would have been very tempted to purchase that fabric. It’s stunning. Wish I’d seen it here in Vancouver. The colours suit you so beautifully. Well done. Brava!

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