The rest of the fabric from the StyleArc ‘Taylor’ skirt back in April [remember that?] was used to cut out a ‘Paige’ top, with contrasting side panels from a scrap of conveniently matching cobalt blue jersey. I’m not sure if these will work together, it may be too much, in which case they’ll each be paired with a plain black piece.
This has inset pockets in between the panels, and as I happen to have just snagged some decorative metal zips for 5p each at the Rag Market, I opted [with some trepidation, given the way the fabric fought me on the skirt]to try for exposed zips. Then I chickened out. thinking the chunky zips might be better kept for the dress version, they could drag a top out of shape…
I still put the pockets in though, and zoomed the top together with little fuss. Those curved side pieces could cause grief to an inexperienced seamstress , but I just whizzed round on the overlocker.
I got to the point where I only needed to finish all the edges, and slipped it on, because it looked a little…well, HUGE. And it was. Outrageously huge. I rushed to Pattern Review [told you I never do this before starting a project!] Two reviews, BOTH saying it comes out enormous. Doh.
No idea why, but as it has convenient CF and CB seams, and the neckline looked very wide too, I just whizzed in 1.5″ at each seam, removing a grand SIX INCHES of width. [I measured first, and yes, the size 18 which I cut, measured a whopping 50″ or more at approximate bust level. Even allowing for dolman sizing, that seems excessive on a pattern which looks quite slim fitting!
The sleeves were twice the width of my forearms too, so I also whizzed off another inch or so [therefore 2″ per sleeve] from each. The neckline then sat high and tight, so I re cut it. NOW it’s a nice, easy fit top, with pockets, which is nice. As expected, they did dangle below the hem when I put my hands in them, so I stitched them down to the front.
And that’s that. I have informed StyleArc of this oddity, and suggested they either change their pattern or fix the line drawing and description to indicate the size of this! [In fairness, I checked the sizing they quote for their size 10, bust 36″, and it does state 41″, indicating a rather baggy garment. It does not suggest this in the words or drawings though!]