I’ve been working on improving my wardrobe, both everyday and work. It turns out, finding a good top pattern for wovens, that also works for my body and personality, is really challenging. I’ve been perusing Nordstrom, and with their liberal return policy, getting a sense of what works beyond the basic blouse, but still trying new things with patterns and fabrics. Personally, knits don’t work well in this climate – too clingy – and fitted designs don’t work as well with my middle-aged weight gain (and clingy in humidity).
I originally bought this gorgeous blue and white stripe stretch cotton sateen (from Gorgeous Fabrics), with Nicola Fineti’s crop top in mind (Vogue 1486). I knew from the outset it would be too short, and that the oh-so-trendy crop top wouldn’t work for me right out of the envelope. But given the construction, I had a minimum number of seams to match. Spoiler – it didn’t work. The muslin showed it to be much shorter than it looks! As in, 4 inches above the navel! Granted, I’m long waisted, but… And something was weird about the neckline, ‘sleeves’, and bust darts. Oh, I will play around with the muslin eventually, but I’ve set that aside.
I turned to the Style Arc Skye top. This is a really cute top and I like it when I don’t raise my arms and have the right bottoms (I’m wearing the Style Arc Anna pants). I love the fabric’s weight, stripes, and colorway. (Check out that matching!)
I didn’t make a muslin, but I wish I did. It’s shorter than you would think. The front hits be about one inch below the navel, so it’s also slightly cropped. And it turns out, I don’t really like crop tops. I will make this again, but I’m going to be adding two inches to the midsection. One inch will be between the armcyse and the bust dart (which is too high) and one in the midsection proper. Why? Where the top joins at the sides, with its cute shirt-tail curved hem, is far too high up for my comfort… though with a high-waisted skirt or pants it would work. I can’t tuck this in, so it’s a boxy silhouette.
The back has a keyhole neckline, but it turns out that I don’t need it to pull the top on – I always forget to unbutton when I change.
Construction-wise, this is easy. Based on the website, I chose size 10, though the fit seems a bit off, perhaps a size smaller, especially if a drapier fabric? Tips: neaten (serge/overlock) your edges prior to sewing, complete the arm “hem” after the side seams. I also went a bit narrower than the recommendation for the top-stitching.
As always, photography is not my forte, so forgive me. These pictures were taken after wearing several times and are wrinkled from wear.