Pattern Review: StyleArc Cold Shoulder Top

Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – Embrace the trend this season and wear the fashionable “Cold Shoulder Top” with its cut out shoulders this top is designed to hug the body and looks great with your jeans. Make it with a long or short sleeve.

I made the long sleeved version.

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.

Available as a PDF? Yes, via their Etsy shop.

Fabric Used: Sold out, sorry, Textured Soft Lightweight Jersey in Olive from Gorgeous Fabrics. You can see similar jerseys Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2030, Juki MO645DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto (whom, I fear, may be on her last legs…), shoulder stand, pressing ham.

Needle/Notions Used: Jersey 70/10 needles, a couple of scraps of fusible interfacing, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, of course. 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 fine. I didn’t use them other than to take a glance at the illustration. This pattern is really well drafted and goes together without a hitch.

Construction Notes: I measured the flat pattern, and based on that I did a slight FBA. In the instructions, they tell you to “neaten up” the neckline and shoulder edges. That term is (at least here in Boston) open to interpretation, so I interpreted it as “finish with a facing.” I cut strips of fabric the length needed by 1 1/4 inches. I serged them to the exposed edges of the neckline and the shoulder, then turned, pressed, and topstitched with a 1.0mm wide by 3mm long zigzag. I trimmed the facings close to the topstitching.

I serged the raw edges of the sleeve and garment hems, then I used the same 1.0mm X 3mm zigzag stitch.

Likes/Dislikes: This is a very quick, easy pattern that goes together beautifully. That’s a real plus in a trendy top like this. I really like the sleek lines of this top. I made a more peasant style cold shoulder top earlier this summer and it looked terrible on me. This is much closer to the body, and more my style. I like the fact that this top is bra friendly. It’s a fun top to wear under a blazer or jacket (a must in Boston now that we’re heading into fall), and I like that when you take your jacket off, surprise! I could see this in a glitzy fabric for holiday time. There was nothing that I disliked.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I would definitely recommend it. I may do it again: if I do I would try it in a more beefy knit, perhaps a rayon doubleknit with a lot of stretch and recovery for a more body conscious look. This is a good take on a current trend that I think is age appropriate for someone like me. Here are pictures on Shelley. I took the mannequin arm from my full-body dress form so you can see the sleeves – well, the right sleeve, anyway – better.



Taking some of Sewing Faille’s advice. It needs work, but it’s better than my usual.

Next up, I really am going to make that silk blouse. I just wanted something easy, and this fit the bill.
Happy sewing!

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16 thoughts on “Pattern Review: StyleArc Cold Shoulder Top”

  1. Very complimentary! I agree it’s age appropriate and the color I really like. No clue if it’s “my” color or not, but I’ve got some really cute suede shoes in olive and need some new pieces now to go with. 🙂 You look awesome, Ann!

  2. Ann, first off thanks so much for the close up pics. Your sewing is so good. Looks like you got it from a high end RTW. Not placatin’. Just sayin’. Next, you look great in your new top, and to top it off, I’m watching the Today Show (10/5) and what do you know?

    Hoda Kotb and Dillon Dryer BOTH are wearing cold shoulder dresses. Nothing like being in the moment fashion wise. 😉

  3. Great top; totally on-trend, yet still age appropriate and you look fantastic wearing it. Thanks for posting so many close-up shots, too.

    1. I didn’t buy the e-pattern, Raquel, sorry. I got the printed pattern as the freebie-with-purchase the month they offered it.

  4. I like the fact that your FBA does not add a dart. Can you direct me to instructions for doing this? Your photo is very clear but I cant quite see what is going on in the armscye.
    I enjoy your blog and appreciate all I have learned from you.

    1. For this particular FBA, I use the method from Sandra Betzina’s Fast Fit. In certain cases I will put a dart in, but I didn’t here.

  5. SO glad to have seen this on you, as well as Shelley! The difference is amazing. I’m sort of lukewarm on this style, that is, until I saw it on a real person. This top is terrific and looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I didn’t like the pattern itself until I saw it on you. Now I want to purchase it. It looks great and that colour is perfect on you.

  7. I like this top much better! That other seemed like too much sleeve with too much bodice at once. I wonder…what if you combined both patterns using sleeve from one and bodice from the other.

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