Sunday, 6 May 2018

Style Arc Winnie-The-Top .



I have been continuing on with the sewing theme of making alternative casual comfy winter wear to tracksuit pants. I ordered this black and white jacquard knit online and it was quite a surprise when it came. I wasn`t expecting the print to be so large and so  loud - ah the hazards of online fabric shopping. A positive though was I received a generous cut .
I used my Winnie Top pattern from Style Arc , a freebie when I bought the Blakeley jeans pattern. Sometimes I wait to buy Style Arc patterns until I really like the free offering and this was one of those  patterns. It reminds me  of the popular Toaster and Talvikki sweaters .


This is an easy top to sew but has stylish features - the funnel neck , the hem splits and the just right amount of modern ease . The instructions on this one were easy to understand and I like how they construct the hem split which looks professional and very  neat.






















Included in the patterns were little name tags - a lovely bonus . It sure came in handy too because telling the front from the back is near impossible. The only difference I could see is in the cut of the armscye .
As I said I received a generous cut of fabric so there was just enough to cut out a skirt . I chose to resew a Knipmode skirt that I made last year but was a total wadder due to the fabric but also operator flaws. It is just a simple pull on  slightly pegged elastic skirt but the elastic does not extend all the way around the front . I was determined that such an easy pattern was not going to defeat me. This time I cut out the notches marking the top of the skirt pieces and the waist seam. Once the fabric is cut out and held up it looks like a rectangle but this is deceiving and is one of the reasons my skirt failed last year . It also helped that although this fabric has some stretch it has good recovery as well unlike the fabric that I used last year .



      
The loudness of the print is growing on me and  I might or might not wear the skirt and pullover together but overall I am pretty happy with the results .  I will definitely be sewing Winnie again.

9 comments:

  1. I love the top! All because of the print.

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    1. Thankyou. Now it is getting cold I get to wear it for real !

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  2. I can see why you're happy with the results.

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  3. I really like these. The top on its own looks really casual, but combined with the skirt it is tranformed into smart work wear. I understand your concerns about the large print. I've been sitting on a large knitted (not print) rust and black fabric for many years, but this totally works.

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  4. Thankyou Anna and Karey. I do like the largeness of the print and it is also raised giving the fabric an interesting texture .

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  5. Both pieces actually look good on you. Sometimes it takes the eye a while to adjust to a whole new look. And with these two pieces you have plenty of wearing choices.

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    1. Thankyou Sarah Liz. Sometimes it does take me a while to get used to new looks and incorporate new pieces into my wardrobe. Once I do they stay for years and then they are hard to get off.

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  6. Great outfit and having a top and skirt in the same fabric gives you lots of flexibility. I think because the print is monochrome it doesn't look too much worn together at all, especially styled with black tights and boots as you have done.

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    1. Thanks for the advice. I wasn't sure if this was something that would be OK or just too much.

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