First up, I have sewn a Stylearc Dixie woven top.
The pattern illustration is colour-blocked, although I have chosen different colour blocking for my combination of fabrics.
- My yoke is made from a Japanese fabric that I bought in Japan several years ago. I'm not sure what this fabric is called, but it seemed terribly expensive for a little square and has a crepe-y sort of texture.
- For the back and neck binding I have used a linen from Tessuti (Turquoise Flip). I haven't sewn with linen for a long time and I really enjoyed working with this fabric. I did use a different method of applying the binding than the pattern instructions suggest. I made bias binding with folds on each edge using a bias-binder thingy-ma-jig. I sewed in the line of one fold, as I attached the binding to the inside of the top. Then I folded the binding in half, with the other folded edge turned under and top-stitched from the outside.
- The front body and sleeves are made from a crinkle woven remnant from The Fabric Store. The crinkles mean that the fabric stretches out quite a bit with movement. I lined the front body with a lightweight cotton, as it was a bit sheer on its own. I cut the hem of the lining shorter and straight across.
The line drawing describes the sleeves as 3/4, but the illustration and pattern show elbow length sleeves. My sleeves look a lot fuller and floppier than the illustration because of my fabric choice. The crinkle fabric stretches out when I move my arm. Re-wetting the fabric shrinks the crinkles back in, so the sleeves will come back to shape each wash. Initially I used the blue linen for the sleeves, decorated with trims to match the yoke. They were very elaborate, but I found these sleeves way too restrictive. I knew that restrictive sleeves would stop me wearing the top, so I ripped them out and put in the crinkle sleeves, which don't look as smart but are infinitely more comfortable.
The pattern has a curved hem. The instructions given are for a split hem, which did confuse me for a while. I contacted Stylearc and they are going to change these instructions. I just thought I would mention it as no other reviewer has mentioned this and I thought I was misunderstanding the instructions for a bit.
The back has both horizontal and vertical seaming, which is a nice detail and allows for easy alterations for more back shaping (although I didn't think to do this until I finished all my top-stitching). The neck closes with a button and loop.
So does this mean I need to change the name of my blog? I'll have to think about it.