Pattern Review: StyleArc Marlo Top

Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, This is a great top that is so easy to make but looks amazing when finished. The front keyhole neck line and the cut outs on the raglan sleeve make this top a standout.

I’ll add that this is a long sleeved raglan top with neckline binding,

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.

Available as a PDF? Not currently.

Fabric Used: A flannel-faced ponte panel knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). It’s sold out, sorry.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MD-654DL, Naomi the Naomoto, tailor’s ham, sleeve board.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, thread. That’s all.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits, Sew From Wide to Narrow.

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

How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, though I did take a look at them and they seem fine. This top is really well drafted and it goes together beautifully. I made it a little more difficult on myself by changing the construction a bit, but if you do it their way it goes together really quickly.

Construction Notes: The way the pattern is designed, there’s a center front seam. Because of the print on the fabric, I eliminated that seam, adjusting the pattern to have a CF fold instead. I created the keyhole by making the same type of rectangular opening that you use for a welt pocket. This makes the opening a little wider than it would be if you had the seam but I can live with that. I used two rectangles of self fabric as the facings for the opening.

The CF keyhole is a rectangle like a welt pocket

Other than that, I sewed the raglan seams with a narrow (.5mm X 2.5 mm) zigzag stitch. I serged the side seams and I serged the neckline binding to the top. I used the same zigzag stitch to sew the hems and to topstitch the neckline.

Closer view of the neckline and topstitching

Likes/Dislikes: I love the lines of this top. It’s worth noting here that the two side keyholes make this top bra-unfriendly. If that makes a difference to you then you might want to consider sewing them shut. It’s exacerbated slightly by the fabric that I used, but I think you will find it even with an ITY jersey.

The way I worked with this print was to have the bottoms of the motifs hit in the same place, and match them at the side seams. The front is slightly longer than the back, thanks to the FBA, which adds both width and length. That’s why you see a little of the beige peeking at the bottom front and not the back. Here it is on Shelley:

I just love this print!

And I really like the shape of this top

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. The little snip of fabric that StyleArc sends as an example of the type of fabric to use is ITY jersey. I think I would use that next time, to give a different feel to the top.

Conclusion: I’m going to like wearing this in the cooler weather – it’s comfortable and chic, and the peekaboo keyholes are a fun touch!

Happy sewing!

12 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Marlo Top”

  1. Jeannie Crockett says:

    Everything you make looks great! I love any unusual fabrics—panel prints, border prints, textures. I always search for those terms when looking. Wish you could offer more of it. I like the keyholes, too, but not for me!

  2. Levone says:

    Pretty top!

  3. Wendy says:

    Extremely cool! Maybe one could fill in the side gaps with flesh colored lining to cover bra straps.

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      That’s a really great idea, Wendy!

  4. Flos Caeli says:

    It looks really good maybe I’ll make myself one for the colder days here too 🙂


  5. Susie says:

    Did you change the neckline? I like yours on the mannequin better than the one in the drawing, which looks like a jewel (Not my fave).

    1. Susie says:

      By the way, I love your fabric and pattern matching.

    2. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I did not, Susie. That’s straight from the pattern. You’re right – it does look a little wider than the drawing.

  6. Wendy says:

    I’ve been thinking about this top. I’m always stopped by raglan sleeves–experience says that the shoulders for a size that fits the rest of me will be too big for my narrow shoulders, so I end up looking dumpy. Besides shoulder pads, I haven’t been able to figure out how to do an alteration for this, because the underarm part of the sleeve is part of the width at the bust. Suggestions?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      Page 273 of Fitting & Pattern Alteration (2nd Edition) by Leichty, Rasband and Pottberg-Steneckert shows how to adjust a raglan pattern for narrow shoulders. HTH!

      1. Wendy says:

        Just ordered it–thanks!

  7. I hate, hate making muslins! But I do! 🙂

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