Pattern Review: StyleArc Poppy Zip Top


Pattern Description:  “This will become a wardrobe favourite. The slightly raised neckline, zip front and pleated back gives this style an elegant look that is both timeless and on trend. The design lines create a flattering shape. Make it with the new short elbow length sleeve or leave it sleeveless”

I made the sleeveless version

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Embroidered Cotton Eyelet – Grenadine, from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!) And OMG, can you believe it? It’s still available on the site. What a treat! Silk organza in bright red (waiting to get more for the site).

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, shoulder stand, ham.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10. Thread.

I used a Riri zipper that my friend Rosie sent to me from New York. Thanks Rosie!!!

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew From Wide to Narrow.

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

How were the instructions? Bare bones, typical of StyleArc. They give you the basic order of construction. Fortunately, this top is very well drafted and goes together readily.

Construction Notes: First up, I made a muslin to test this out. I took some excess ease out of the upper chest at the princess seam lines. If you follow me on Instagram (GorgeousFabrics) you can see the steps I took. Once I did that, I took the muslin apart, pressed the adjusted muslin pieces flat and used them as my pattern pieces.

To minimize show-through, I used the silk organza as interfacing instead of fusible interfacing, as recommended in the pattern. The organza blends better. The eyelet has solid borders along both selvages, and I used those as the front facings, to give more support to the zipper.

I think it gives more support and a cleaner finish.

I sewed it together per the instructions. I finished the raw edges of the facing using a zigzag stitch. I under stitched the facing at the neckline

And at the hem:

Likes/Dislikes: I love this pattern! I think it looks great on. The pleats give it a peplum-y style without a peplum. It goes together beautifully. There is one error in the pattern to be aware of. The notches on the Center Back Under-Pleat don’t match the notches on the Center Back.

The pattern pieces match otherwise, so ignore the notches and just sew them together.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely, and yes! This top went together beautifully. I love the lines, and I think it’s really fun. I’ll try to get a picture of me in it this weekend. In the meantime, here are a couple of shots on Shelley.

Front
and Back

Conclusion: Another win from StyleArc!

Happy sewing!

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20 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Poppy Zip Top”

    1. Nancy, I made one small mistake when constructing it. When I sewed the facing at the neckline, I used a 3/8 inch (1 cm) seam, instead of the recommended 1/4 inch seam. But 1/8 of an inch really doesn’t make that much of a difference, so I think the illustration is a little off from reality. If you want the higher neckline, I would make the current cutting line at the neck the sewing line, and add the seam allowance from there. HTH! -Ann

  1. That’s going to look fantastic on you! I agree the neckline on yours does seem more jewel neckline (which I would prefer for myself). Can’t wait to see you in it!

  2. I have been tempted by this top. I’ve always been a sucker for those kind of pleats, especially in contrast fabric. I always assumed (because of your great fabrics) that you were IN nyc!

    1. Nope, just outside Boston. Born, raised, and learned to drive here (be afraid, be very afraid). 😀

  3. I I bought the pattern awhile ago. It may be brought to the top of the “make” pile now. I do like the higher neckline in the illustration. So I’ll keep that in mind based upon your review here. Thanks

  4. This is a wow. I was wondering what I could do with a beautiful piece of violet eyelet in my stash . I love using silk organza as interfacing. Silk adapts to body temperature and molds very well in garments. This is a win, Anne.

  5. From the first peek on Instagram, I was loving this fabric! Finished garment is so stunning! Thought this pattern was beautiful from release.
    Did you make this for you? Can’t remember if you had said. What’s the plan for the bottom part of the outfit? I like how Style Arc illustrated it with skinny pants but I’m sure it would be just as much hotness with a pencil skirt.

    1. Oh yes – this one is all mine! 🙂
      I’ll wear it today with white linen pants and espadrilles when I pick up DH at the airport this afternoon.

    1. If you click on the picture of the pattern at the top of the review, it will take you directly to StyleArc’s site, where you can order the printed version. The PDF file is available at their Etsy site. NAYY and I don’t get anything if you click through, so go for it! 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing. It’s always a pleasure to see what you and Style Arc come up with. Keep the inspiration coming!

  7. I was keen to see this pattern and material made up! I’m in blouse making mode these days upon discovering I didn’t own a SINGLE blouse! How weird is that? I got all caught up with knit tops and tunics (and I have an embarrassingly rich closet of those!) that I forgot about blouses until I put on a skirt the other day and thought gee a blouse would be just the thing…I love this blouse – a zipper is such a nice change from buttons that can drive you nuts and the pattern is so shapely too! I promised myself no more patterns (sigh!) but I have some lovely black eyelet very similar to yours…Thank you for this inspiration! Gorgeous, shapely and bright – will look perfect with white pants!

    1. If you click on the picture of the pattern at the top of the review, it will take you directly to StyleArc’s site, where you can order the printed version.

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