Exactly 5 years ago, I made this top. I wore it tons in the summer of 2012, until I spilled something on it that wouldn’t come out, so I recycled it. The pattern sat in my pattern stash until today, when, as a diversion from trying to decide what to make with some Milly Silk I have (see my Instagram if you want more about that). I wanted something quick and easy, so I pulled it out.
Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, “Particularly attractive neckline slightly fitted top”
My addition to that: Semi-fitted tank top with deep v-neck.
Sizing: 4-30. I made the 10.
Available as a PDF? Yes, through their Etsy Shop
Fabric Used: White Silk Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. This is left over from another top I made several years ago. That fabric is sold out, but there are other silk jerseys available Here.
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MO654DE, Reliable Iron/board, sleeve board.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, scraps of fusible interfacing, thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.
How were the instructions? Didn’t need them, didn’t use them. This pattern is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.
Construction Notes: Because I was using a remnant of silk jersey, I didn’t have quite enough to lay out the pattern pieces (both of them) in the same direction. And because silk jersey will tend to run in high stress areas, I ran a 4-thread serger stitch along the bottom raw edge. Because of the style, it’s not going to see a lot of stress, but I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.
I serged the seams, and instead of just turning and stitching the neckline and armholes, I cut 1-inch wide facings on the bias (to make sure nothing would run). I serged them to the neckline and armhole edges, then I turned them under and stitched them
I used a 2.5mm x .5mm zigzag stitch to finish the hems.
Likes/Dislikes: Easy to make, easy to wear. Nothing to dislike.
One thing to note is the neckline can be pretty low, depending on your build. You might want to raise it a little bit (maybe an inch).
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely! This is a great wardrobe building pattern. Make a bunch of these in different fabrics for basics you can wear by themselves or under a jacket.
Conclusion: Great pattern! Here are pictures on Shelley:
It’s been in the high 60s for the past few days, so I wanted something springy. I guess I made this top just in time for the temperature to drop closer to normal. Oh well – spring is coming!