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Fifi and Vicki

Style Arc Fifi and Style Arc Vicki are both patterns that I’ve sewn before.  It’s always a good sign when I use a pattern more than once!

Style Arc Vicki top in cotton pique remnant from The Cloth Shop

Maybe I’ll start with the Fifi pants! It’s not long since I sewed my first pair. I learned from that experience and cut off the pattern at the ‘cropped’ length. Which you can tell isn’t all that cropped on me.

Style Arc Fifi pants in linen

The front waistband is flat, and the pocket curve aligns with the waistband seamlines.

Style Arc Fifi pants in linen - detail

At the back there is wide elastic stitched to the inside of the waistband using a zig-zag stitch. I used pretty wide elastic – maybe a couple of inches? – and because I don’t have much difference between my hip and waist measurements, this means that the pants fit me without much bulky gathering at the back. The darts at the back also provide nice shaping.

Style Arc Fifi pants in linen

I sewed these in linen, primarily on the sewing machine with the overlocker being used to finish seam allowances. I think that this is a wonderful wide leg pant pattern for me. By the way, this is size 12. So, on to the Vicki top.

Style Arc Vicki top in cotton pique remnant from The Cloth Shop

I have sewn this in linen in size 12, and found it just a fraction too tight across the bust. This time I reprinted and cut size 14, and I reckon that the fit is just right.

Style Arc Vicki top in cotton pique remnant from The Cloth Shop


The fabric is a textured cotton pique remnant that I picked up from The Cloth Shop. There was just enough of it for me to eke out the top, with a little bit of off-grain cutting. One of the things that I really like about this pattern is that the front pieces wrap across the shoulders to join the back with a nice angled yoke detail.

Style Arc Vicki top - detail

I chose to topstitch the angled seams to stabilise them a bit and to add detail. It’s easy to get a nice crisp front V neckline with this pattern too as the neckline is bound and finished before the centre front seam is sewn.

Style Arc Vicki top - detail

This is a pretty short top – I’m very short-waisted and it’s still not all that long on me. I think that this length works nicely with wide leg pants; it keeps the proportions more visually pleasing. In real life it looks better than it does in these slightly foreshortened photos. If you’re tall you might want to add some length. I’ve often considering lengthening this top into a summer dress too.


Style Arc Fifi woven pantPull-on pant sewing pattern with a smooth front yoke, elastic back and side pockets. This new wide leg pant pattern gives you the option of 7/8th or full length. The Fifi Woven Pant is a simple pant to sew that will give you a sophisticated look. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Pull-on wide leg pant sewing pattern for woven fabrics.


Style Arc Vicki topThis fashionable swing top looks great worn with your crop pants. The “V” neck and Interesting back yoke treatment adds interest and sets this apart from a basic top. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Crepe, Silk, Cotton or Scuba.


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