Yes, another repeat pattern. But this time I got it all right!
The first time I sewed the Style Arc Rae tunic I used a fabric that wasn’t quite drapey enough – it was a cotton/lycra, and this tunic really does need something that will fall a little closer to the body. Well, this fabric was perfect! It’s a polyester knit remnant that I got from The Cloth Shop Ivanhoe.
As well as having the right drape, it has wonderful colours in it. As you know, I generally try to minimise the amount of black clothing in my wardrobe as I don’t think that it does much for me. But the reds and corals and turquoises in this print really bring this fabric to life. And it’s great for accessorising!
The pattern was released a couple of years ago at the height of ‘cold shoulder’ and split sleeve popularity. I really like the split sleeve on this design as it shows some arm but not too much, and still has bra coverage. It’s also very very easy to sew. The curved hemlines were stitched in place before sewing up the side seams – so much easier with such a definite curve. I suspect that I used double sided fusible tape (probably from here) to secure then prior to stitching.
From the pattern website: The curved hemline and the, so popular, split sleeve give this great tunic top an easy, casual look. Simple to make with an all in one sleeve and body, this tunic will become your go to top to wear for all occasions. FABRIC SUGGESTION: Crepe, Silk or even a Knit.
The line drawing shows a centre back seam with a button and loop closure – while this is a lovely detail, I didn’t need the opening and simply cut the back pattern piece on the fold. If I sewed it in a woven I might consider including it but as I have a fairly small head I probably don’t need it in order to get the top on and off. This pattern really does need fabric with good drape – as suggested a crepe or silk or drapey knit; I think that rayon would work really well too.
I did some work in a hot climate earlier in the year, and this top was great! Comfortable moving between the heat outdoors and air conditioning indoors, and work appropriate with my black bengaline Elle pants.