Pattern Review – StyleArc Demi Drape Top

Pattern Description: From the StyleArc website – “Cowl neck top with build-in [sic] cami.”

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.

Fabric Used: Soft and Lightweight Rayon Jersey in Heathered Sand for the main garment, Soft and Lightweight Rayon Jersey in Heathered Oak for the contrast cami. Both, of course, from Gorgeous Fabrics, and – bonus! – both on sale through tomorrow.

Machine(s) Used: My brand-spankin’ new Juki MO654DE that DH gave me for Christmas! I used my Pfaff for the hems

Needle/Notions Used: Pro-Sheer Elegance Light Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, Stretch 75/11 needles in both the Juki and the Pfaff, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Tips and Tricks for Sewing With Knits.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.

How were the instructions? They were minimal but acceptable. This pattern is so well drafted I didn’t need them at all.

Construction Notes: The instructions have you use Vilene tear-away stabilizer to stay the neckline seams. I don’t have any Vilene, or any other brand of tear-away at home (there’s been a little bit of a snow incident recently which has kept everyone in the Northeast indoors), so I opted to use lightweight fusible interfacing instead. I think it’s actually a better choice for my fabric. It gives needed support to the seams, but doesn’t add any bulk at all. Also, the instructions don’t have you stabilize the shoulder seams. I didn’t at first, but the seams were pretty wavy. So I pulled out the stitching, fused a thin strip of interfacing to the back shoulder seams, and restitched. Much better!

Just a touch of interfacing will give you a smooth shoulder line.

Also, the cowl drape on this pattern has a tendency to flip to the outside. Rather than permanently attach a small washer or button I opted to simply pin a medium size safety pin in the hem. That gives just enough weight for this fabric to keep it draped gracefully in place. Plus I can remove it for washing.

Little pin, big difference!

Likes/Dislikes: Love it! Another pattern from StyleArc that is a real winner. I needed to make something quick while I’m still working on the Marfy coat, and this fit the bill. It took less than 2 hours, from start to finish.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes!

Conclusion: Another winner! Here’s a picture of the front and back on Shelley:

I love the drape in front.

And the smooth back.

And here, even though I totally suck at selfies, I took one for you. As you can see, Shelley is not my body double.

Look at the streaks on that mirror! Remind me to fire the housekeeper. Oh, wait…

Happy sewing!

23 thoughts on “Pattern Review – StyleArc Demi Drape Top”

  1. Vicki says:

    No time for cleaning mirrors when you are sewing! Very cute top. Wasn’t a fan of the line drawing but looks great made up.

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow, that is gorgeous! I am totally inspired to get my first StyleArc pattern now, and, if you’ll forgive me, totally copy this…. Thanks!

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Go for it, Jenny!!! 🙂

      1. Jenny says:

        Finally got my pattern! It says “bind the back neck” – what did you do there? And did you also bind the necklines? It’s not terribly obvious from the instructions!

        1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

          You do it in the same way as I apply the collar band in This Tutorial. Fold your collar band in half lengthwise, serge to the neckline edge of the back piece, and then sew it at the shoulders.

  3. Karla says:

    Okay..THAT ought to sell both pattern AND fabrics. I mean…if you could find a top that nice in RTW, you’d stock up, wouldn’t you? Home, casual meal out…it’s great.

    The mirror…well, it’s better than toothpaste splatter, isn’t it?

  4. Teri says:

    Oh my, that is fantastic. I think I need to go shopping in both your store and Style-Arc. Stay warm!

  5. Phyllis says:

    I *love* the color combination because 99.9% of sewists would use white. On mirrors the WSJ (newsprint) will always prevent streaks 🙂

  6. BeaJay says:

    Love that top and it looks fabulous on you. Thanks so much for the tip on the safety pin. I am in the midst of making the Frankie dress and am having the same problem – such a simple solution. My frazzled brain thanks you.

  7. Rosie says:

    The top looks great on you and Shelley. LOL fire the housekeeper. Love the fabric/color – suits you!

  8. TinaLou says:

    The top is very flattering on you, both in color and cut. Same is true for the new ‘do, too!

  9. Linda L says:

    I like how this turned out. It looks good on you as well as Shelley. Safety pin-why have I not though about that!!???

  10. Teresa says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see your coat.

  11. QSSSue says:

    Great top and your colour choice is great!

  12. Diana says:

    OOh I really like this top and it looks great on you! I have to visit the Style Arc site now.

  13. Angie Norman says:

    Great top Anne. This is going to be the year I try StyleArc for sure. Everything you have made with StyleArc patterns looks great! You have a flair for choosing just the right fabrics/colors for the perfect look! Anxiously awaiting seeing the new coat!

  14. K-Line says:

    That looks great!

  15. Love this top on you. I do believe I am gonna have to purchase that pattern after all.

    Regarding the mirror, last year I finally adopted my mom’s housecleaning remedy – plain white vinegar. Just add about 1/2 cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water to clean mirrors and other glass like sparkly stuff on chandeliers. I use two thin white cotton cloths – one to wash with and the other to dry with. For mirrors, you may have to clean it twice the first time but after that it is a cinch. No more streaks anywhere! Can’t believe it took me this long to “learn” this.

    Happy New Year!!

  16. Love the fabric you chose and the top is great. Simple, feminine and stylish. Your selfie is great…you should see mine!

  17. That fabric is just perfect- and my favorite colors! I saw that pattern & wished I saw a made up version. You did a great job, thank you for sharing!

  18. Kate McIvor says:

    I have been eying that pattern for a while now….Thanks for showing us how wonderful it is! And, those Juki seams are flawless!

  19. Tee says:

    Love this top! Love your fabrics!!!!!

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