A (minor) miracle has occurred. There is no longer anything in my already-cut-out-and-ready-to-sew box. Nothing. Nada. Not one item. That’s a big thing for me! I tend to have cutting out frenzies, especially before I go away on a sewing weekend. There can be up to twenty garments in that box at one time! But no more. It actually feels really freeing. Until the next time I am prepping for a Sewjourn, that is.
Anyway, this top had been sitting in that box for a little while. And as with many of the other garments that were sitting in the box, once I sewed it up I wondered why I’d waited for so long!
This is my second time sewing the Style Arc Kylie top. And co-incidentally my first one was recently the inspiration for a #sewcialists tribute challenge! Claire of Belle Citadel just sewed one for herself inspired by my striped version, which was very lovely (and flattering) of her. Well, here’s another.
Style Arc describe this pattern as follows: Fashionable and functional top. The overlay has a high low hemline and an opening down the back. This top can be made long or short sleeves therefore suitable for all seasons. Need a basic tee? – Just leave the overlay off.
I sewed size 12, but removed most of the waist shaping. I especially like the overlay on this top. It’s a lovely point of difference, and works really nicely on my shape. The fabric is a soft, almost-but-not-quite sheer printed knit that I bought at Super Cheap Fabrics. It doesn’t even require ironing – I should have bought more of it! Great colours. My only regret with this top is that I didn’t pay more attention to the fabric placement on the front – I don’t love that repeat of the blue and green target so close to one another.
This is an easy top to sew. The overlay piece is sewn first – shoulder seams, side seams, top centre back seam, then it’s all hemmed. The body of the top comes next; shoulder seams and side seams. Then I placed the overlay on top and treated it as one with the main body to apply the neckband. I had done it according to the instructions last time and had decided then that it would work just fine if I put the two layers together then attached the neckband. It means that the neckband seam allowance isn’t hidden between the two layers, but it sits better on me during wear.
I used lime green thread in the twin needle for securing all the hems and the neckband. Otherwise, construction was on the overlocker. This is a lovely style – I’m sure that I haven’t finished with this pattern just yet!