Style Arc ‘Issy’ knit top: “This knit top can be made long-sleeved or sleeveless. The clever neck drape gives this top a distinctive look, while the angled ruching at the side seam is flattering across the front. This fabulous design can be worn casually or dressed up.”
Now this is an interesting make- very quick, and is you are the type who can tolerate raw edges on hem and sleeve cuffs, quite minimal in the construction. I can’t tolerate raw edges, so I opted to do a herringbone stitched hem all round the ‘raw’ edges. It still didn’t take above an hour.
This is one of those projects they could use on the Sewing Bee, as without instructions, I wouldn’t have had a clue how to put it together! The front is a large, oddly shaped piece, back and sleeves are normal. You really NEED the notches, and the diagrams to understand how it folds. Once you grasp it, it’s a breeze.
I really, really like the asymmetrical neckline, but I’m undecided about the ruched body. I’m never quite convinced that these drapey things don’t actually emphasis my belly, instead of disguising it. Honest comments welcome, I can always unpick the ruching and recut the hemline!
The raspberry-coloured, silky ribbed knit was one of the odd shaped £2 pieces from The Jersey Lady at the Rag Market, so if I decide it isn’t me after all, I won’t much care. What do you think?