Style Arc describe Winnie as a funnel neck top with deep hems. It’s currently a free pattern when you buy another PDF so a lovely bargain. (I always get a BOGOF when I buy their patterns 😺).
It really is an easy pattern to make. The fabric I used is a 4 way stretch jersey from Fabric Godmother. The edges rolled as soon as they were cut, so I overlocked the body sides and hem edges, and the edge of the funnel neck. This really stabilised everything.
I used a 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag for the seams to maintain the stretch. I also used zig zag for the sleeve and body hems.
The split hem is a really nice feature. It would be easily omitted if you planned to tuck your top in when worn.
The pattern denotes where to fold the neck to create the soft funnel shape, and it’s held in place with a few stitches to the neck seam.
The sleeves are rather long, but I like to be able to pull them down over my wrists when it’s cold. I made my usual size 12 😺✂️✂️
This version is a slightly adapted version of the Hadley pattern that was inspired by Guthrie and Ghani’s blog a few weeks ago. In the blog post, the G@G team wore their five very different versions and I was inspired to get myself a copy of the pattern.
The pattern describes Hadley as ‘drapey, fluid and sophisticated. The semi-formal top that you need to wear to work or throw over your jeans for a night out’.
I decided to do Version A, but shorten the sleeves to 3/4 length and use the plain back from view B to remove the pleat detail.
The fabric is a cotton that is quilting weight. It also has a very strong pattern, so I decided to omit the front and back centre seams and cut both on the fold (omitting the seam allowance). I also omitted the bottom facing, partly because this heavier fabric doesn’t need it and I didn’t have too much fabric to play with.
I folded the sleeve pattern up 15cm to make the 3/4 sleeve, and the hems were all overlocked and top stitched to finish.
I did add the neck facing and used a slightly wider seam allowance when attaching it as the edges didn’t match perfectly after my tweaks. This also made it easy to pull over my head! The neck was top stitched approx. 5mm from the edge to match the hem stitching.
A lovely simple make, that is really comfy to wear. Just the right length for me – I’m 5’4” 😺✂️✂️
Another lovely pattern from Style Arc. The fabric is a denim affect slub jersey from one of my favourite on line shops Guthrie and Ghani. (I’ve also shopped in person on a trip to Birmingham and highly recommend).
Style Arc rate this as medium difficulty, as with all their patterns you need to keep the pattern pieces to hand as they have placement and folding details. This is especially useful for the clever pockets that are created by folding the front sections.
The pockets are a lovely addition, you can see a crease above at the hem, where the pocket folds are stitched in place.
Hopefully you can get the idea from the photos 😺
I made my usual size 12 without any alterations. I would make the arms a little wider if I made another version, but this fabric doesn’t have a lot of stretch so another fabric could make the arm a softer fit.
It’s not tight, but may be difficult to wear over a long sleeve.
My love for Style Arc continues! 😻 Will be on the site at the beginning of November to see which patterns they have for the monthly freebie 😺✂️✂️
This is the second Named pattern that I have made, and it is a lovely easy pattern that delivers a lovely comfortable garment. The instruction booklet has numerous line diagrams and clear instructions so would be an ideal beginner make.
Named describe the Ninni Culottes as ‘wide legged cropped pants with an elastic waistband. A casual, very loose fit with in seam pockets at the side’
Named recommend ‘light or medium weight stretch fabric with drape’ but I used a non stretch poly mix as the fit is so loose you really don’t need give in the fabric. I also omitted the pockets as I felt they would add unsightly lines in this lightweight fabric.
I love how the waistband was constructed. The fabric band is joined with a gap to pass through the 3cm wide elastic, the hole is then hand sewn and to complete the waistband you then sew three rows of stitching which produces this lovely band effect. I used my trusty walking foot for these stitches
We were laughing too much taking this pic, rather blurry! but it does show how wide the legs are 😺
Another pattern that will be repeated at some point, they would be lovely for summer in a print, sadly we are firmly in autumn now. 😺✂️✂️
This is my second version of this top, the fabric is a scuba bought at the Knitting, Stitching and Hobbycrafts Show in Exeter last week.
I decided against the collar as the fabric is quite thick, and the neck band is cut along the stretch of the fabric rather than the bias.
I constructed the whole garment on my machine, using a 1.5 x 2.5 zig zag. I stitched down the selvages as in my previous version, and also top stitched the sleevehead. This can be bulky in scuba, so I trimmed the sleeve edge close to the stitch line to layer the fabric and it sits flat.
I love the split hem, the hem is quite deep and this means it lies flat when worn. I made my usual size 12. I’m 5’4′ and the sleeves are a nice length without alteration.
One lovely feature of this PDF pattern is that the pieces are cut flat rather than on the fold. This is great if you are tying to pattern match (see my previous version 2 posts down) or attempting to select the best view on a large pattern as I did with this fab floral.
Percy, my lovely photobomber is nibbling catnip! Cat drugs in the garden… 😺✂️✂️
This pattern is from Frances Tobin’s book, there are eight patterns and the clever magnetic cover keeps the patterns and instructions together
The pattern is simple, and I love the deep asymmetric hem. There are darts in the back for shaping.
This is a very lightweight denim fabric and I originally used two large press studs to close the skirt but changed to a smaller press stud internally and a button on the outside. The pattern uses herringbone tape to stabilise the waistband and prevent stretching
A lovely quick make, but I did faff about a bit getting the closures in the right place!
The book has ideas for variations for each of the patterns so good value, mine was a pressie from a lovely friend 😺 You can really see how the hem falls when the skirt lies flat
Style Arc describe this top as ‘The Wanted’ garment of the season. This knit top has a fabulous bias cut collar that can stand fashionably high or turned over.
The pattern recommends using ponte, or scuba…. I used a four way stretch jersey with a bit of body and am really pleased with the result 😺
It’s rather cold today so we only managed one quick pic indoors so not the best!
The collar is open at the back and there is a neck band option if you prefer. The pattern can also be made with long sleeves.
I made the top on my sewing machine using a 1.5 x 2.5 stitch throughout. I also used this stitch for all the top stitching and hems. You can omit the top stitching if you construct on an overlocker.
I added my usual 1cm iron on interfacing to the shoulder seam, and as this fabric has a four way stretch, I also added it to the arm holes. Another fab design, made in my usual size 12 😺✂️✂️