Made by Me: Style Arc Rosie top

Last week I needed a portable project to take to my monthly sewing group.  I didn't have anything in progress and I didn't have much in the way of inspiration, but after a browse through my pattern stash I came up with the Style Arc Rosie top.


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It looked to be quite simple to put together, so I moved on to my fabric stash and found one metre of printed polyester crepe. 


I cut out all the pieces the evening before the Sewcial evening, and took it all along with me.  The top went together really nicely, all the pieces fit exactly, and the directions while minimal were fine for this simple top. 

I made some changes to the way it went together, using French seams throughout.  Unfortunately I only decided to do this once I'd cut it out, and I think I used a slightly larger seam allowance than I should have done.  The top is fine, but could do with being a tiny bit looser.


Unfortunately because of the busy fabric you can't see the nice design lines.

The pattern instructions tell you to do a facing for the neck, which I changed to a bias bound finish and I also used this same finish on the cap sleeves. 


You can see from the above photo I have a bit of wrinkling (although it doesn't look as bad in real life).  I think this could easily be resolved by using the correct seam allowances!


Again, a smaller seam allowance would have allowed this top to sit a bit looser on my hips, thereby avoiding the wrinkling in the back.

Overall I'm really pleased with this top.  It's a cute and comfortable style for warmer weather, and looked good with a cardi when I wore it yesterday. 

I'm definitely going to make another, this time in plain fabric to show off the design lines, and just a smidge looser. 

Also... I seriously need to tone up my upper arms - anyone know a good way?!

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  1. It's very cute. Love the print!!

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    1. Thank you. I love the print too, its nice and small but not too "pretty".

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  2. Sam, this top is adorable.. I love it.You have made me want this pattern [and I have told myself,not to buy anymore patterns..to use what I have,ha]
    Happy sewing.
    How fun to have a sewing group.. I would love to.. But, there are not many sewers in my area.

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    1. Thank you Judy. It's a great pattern, you should certainly consider getting it! Sorry, I'm not helping much, am I?

      The sewing group has only been running a couple of months, but its great fun. Next month I'm demonstrating invisible zip insertion!

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  3. Your top has turned out very nice - love the fabric too.

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  4. Very cute. This is a lovely piece to wear in summer too.

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    1. That's what I thought - that it would be lovely to wear in summer. I'm thinking of making a red maxi skirt to go with it.

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  5. Great pattern and fabric. It's a real knack to pick a project for sewing club isn't it? I've only been going to my group a few months and have so far not made a garment at all but have stuck to bags and things. I'm hoping carrying my machine and fabric stash to and from group will help with arm toning! x

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    1. Thanks Jacq. Yes, it's hard to know what to take to the sewing group. The one I go to has only been running a couple of months, 1st month I took hand sewing (which I still haven't finished!).

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  6. Oh I have that pattern... I love the design lines. Your top is cute - I love the pleat at the back. I must make this up.

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    1. Oh, I'd love to see yours when it's done. There aren't many (if any) versions around online.

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  7. Wow! When I saw the pattern illustration, I didn't like it too much - but your top is super cute! I think your closer fit is more flattering than the way it's shown in the illustration. Such a pretty fabric too. Win!

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    1. Thanks Gail. I think my fit is a bit too close - the hips in particular could be a bit looser - but I definitely don't think the pattern illustration does it justice.

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  8. Sam I love it! It looks so lovely on you. You must let me have the details - my mind is whirring with ideas for fabrics to make this in. See you on Saturday! Rae

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    1. Thanks Rae! You can borrow the pattern if you like. I'll bring it on Saturday.

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  9. Wow, I love it Sam, beautiful top!

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  10. I love this pattern. Very cute top!

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