Pattern Review – StyleArc Issy Top

In case you haven’t heard, things have been mighty busy down Gorgeous Fabrics way of late. Because of that, I haven’t had any time to sew. Until tonight. I decided to take a night off and make myself something quick. Last month’s free pattern from StyleArc was the Issy Top:

Did I mention that when DH and I went to Paris last fall, we stayed in a suburb named Issy les Molyneux? When I saw the name of this pattern, I just knew I had to have it.

Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – This knit top can be made long-sleeved or sleeveless. The clever neck drape gives this top a distinctive look, while the angled rouching (sic) at the side seam is flattering across the front. This fabulous design can be worn casually or dressed up.

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.

Fabric Used: Vintage-y Floral Rayon Jersey – Multi on White from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch). As a side note, what a beautiful and comfortable fabric this is!!!

Machine(s) Used: My Juki home serger and my Pfaff 2130 home machine.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle, two small pieces of fusible interfacing scraps and thread. That’s all.

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

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

How were the instructions? Pretty good. The only tricky part of this top is the neckline/shoulder, because of the drape. That drape comes across from the left shoulder seam and gets caught into the right shoulder seam. The rest of the top is very easy, and if you baste your shoulder seams, it will be pretty obvious how it goes together.

Issy Neckline Detail

The collar wraps around from the front to the center back

Construction Notes: I basted all my seams before sewing. It’s a bad good habit I’ve gotten into of late. Especially when working with a new pattern that has some tricksy parts, I find the few extra minutes it takes to do a line of basting pays big dividends.

Likes/Dislikes: Love. It!!! I love the fit, I love the drape and the ruching. It’s good for hiding things you want hidden, but there’s not so much fabric that it overwhelms. I could easily see lengthening this into a dress for spring and summer.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Oh yes! I’m already plotting which fabric I want to use next, and deciding whether to make long-sleeved, short-sleeved or sleeveless in the next iteration. The weather folk are saying we are going to be up around 50 deg on Saturday. Here’s hoping!

Here are some pictures on Shelley:

Issy Front


Issy Back

and Back

Conclusion: Another great pattern from a great pattern company. I try to be pretty democratic and spread the love, but StyleArc has become one of my personal faves.

Happy sewing!

PS – the Marfy is still waiting for some attention, poor thing. I have been up to my eyeballs with the new site, and I needed something quick to fill the yearning to sew. I’ll be back to it this weekend, I hope.

8 thoughts on “Pattern Review – StyleArc Issy Top”

  1. Suzanne McD says:

    Must feel really good to sit down and create something! I know I get antsy when I can’t. I also understand the need for something quick and easy… Love the new site.

  2. Dorothy says:

    Thanks to your recommendation, I have become a true Style Arc fan! They even offer maternity paterns, which I used for my daughter. Their patterns are beautifully drafted, go to gether effortlessly and flatter every figure type. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I didn’t think I would like this, but now that I see it made up I LOVE IT! I think the pattern is free this month, so I should get it with my recent purchase. I need the fabric too though. I’ll hurry to see if you have any more of it.
    Hugs, Joy

  4. jsped says:

    Thanks for the review and weather report. Packing my bags and don’t know whether to pack for spring or winter.

  5. Beata says:

    Wonderful fabric – fabulous top! It is fantastic pattern.

  6. Harini says:

    Lovely dress…

    like to sew a blouse like this. Can u pls show how to cut this blouse. (Pattern sketch)

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Harini, that pattern is commercially available from StyleArc, a company in Australia. You can order it from their website, and then you will get the entire pattern. If you click on the pattern drawing at the top of this post, it will take you to their website.

  7. Kate McIvor says:

    I love it. I received my free pattern from Style Arc this month, so thank you for posting your review. Now I just need some free time to sew up my free pattern!

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