Style Arc Esme Designer Knit Top


Style Arc describe this top asย ‘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 ๐Ÿ˜บ

IMG_1228It’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 ๐Ÿ˜บโœ‚๏ธโœ‚๏ธ


Burnham cropped cardigan


I started this in May, and finally finished it today! This is the Burnham by Martin Storey from Rowan Magazine 59. It’s knitted in All Seasons Cotton which really shows the stitch pattern beautifully


Summer hasn’t been great this year so this languished in a bag, and even travelled to Santorini (did the left side) and Minorca (didn’t unpack it) before I decided it deserved to be finished.

I used to subscribe to the Rowan Magazines, but they are rather expensive and I find it frustrating when yarns are discontinued. I bought this yarn on line with a good discount – can’t remember where from sadly. If you Google a yarn you can usually find suppliers with sales.

Love the rose buttons, I put a small button at the back to stop them pulling through ๐Ÿ˜บ

Style Arc Rita Ponte Skirt


My super comfy new skirt, worn with an Ogden cami as the sun finally came back to claim summer!! So simple, but as usual, beautifully drafted by Style Arc.


This really is an easy make. I chose this as my freebie with another PDF pattern, and the single pattern piece is cut flat so you cut the front and back pieces together. There are two versions for knee and calf length so effectively two patterns in one ๐Ÿ˜บ

I didn’t have any ponte in my stash…. but I did have this unloved Boden maxi dress in my wardrobe…


The fabric is a soft, fairly thick jersey, so the resulting skirt is less figure hugging than it would be in a more structured fabric with less stretch, but it’s just what I wanted to pack for my holiday.

The waistband is formed by stitching 2.5cm elastic at the waist and folding the band inwards. I used 2 rows of 2.5×2.5 zig zag instead of using my overlocker and this ensures it lies flat when worn (no idea why the pic on the left is a different colour ๐Ÿค”).



My first refashion too so really chuffed ๐Ÿ˜บโœ‚๏ธโœ‚๏ธ

A trio of Ogden Camis

As usual, I’m late to the party that is ๐Ÿ’• for the True Bias Ogden Cami. But this lovely pattern doesn’t disappoint and I made three in a row!


This version is actually the third, but I love this fabric! This is a cotton lawn from Fabric Godmother and is the remnant from another top.


The drafting is superb, the deep V back and armholes hug your body so you don’t flash any more than your bra straps.


This Liberty lawn version was the first, and I will confess, the strap joins are not as neat on this one as I wanted to wear it so rushed to finish it!!


My second version is in Polyester. Not a fabric I would normally pick, but it drapes beautifully and I love the colours.

I used 1cm iron on interfacing on the Vs to prevent stretching. After the first cami I didn’t bother with the stay stitching to the armholes as the application of the facing kept the shape without distorting.


The top has facings that are made separately and joined together when you attach the finished straps. I pinned everything together to try on and I shortened the straps by 3cm to get the best fit.



I used my overlocker for the side seams and to finish the facings. The hems were overlocked then stitched on my machine.


The front and back look different in the diagram, but made up it’s easy to put this top on back to front. I added a little bit of iron on interfacing and machined butterflies to the back facing to differentiate. The red Frixion pen marking ironed away.


Such a pity the weather has been so dreadful for the last month, but these tops will be packed for our holiday in a few weeks. ย  ๐Ÿ˜บโœ‚๏ธโœ‚๏ธ

Grainline Willow Tank


This is my third version of this easy to make pattern, and like the two dress versions I made last year, the top is a satisfying quick make that doesn’t use too much fabric


This cotton lawn fabric was bought as a remnant from Fabric Godmother, and luckily I was able to cut out the front with the brighter colour elements of the pattern.

The pattern is rated as beginner, and as with all Grainline patterns, there is an easy to follow booklet, and an additional sew-a-long on the blog if you are new to any of the steps.


I used ready made bias binding as I didn’t have much fabric left after cutting out the main body sections. There is a fab tutorial on the Grainline Studio blog about getting bias binding to lay flat. You can see the understitching on the picture above that helps to stop the edge rolling.


This dress is my first version, made last year. The pattern really works well with contrasts.


This poplin version with bobble trim was also made last year. This dress is lovely for hot weather, as it falls in a relaxed fit. The added bonus is that it covers bra straps and has a high neck which is great if you’re trying not to get sunburnt!


It will look nice under a cardi so I can wear it in the current dull weather. The deep hem keeps the shape really nicely.


Managed not to chop any of the heron’s heads off ๐Ÿ˜บโœ‚๏ธโœ‚๏ธ

McCall’s 7542


This pattern has five sleeve variations. This is view D with the depth of the frill shortened. It flapped about too much for me so I lopped off 2 inches!


The fit is good, as there are separate front pieces for A/B, C and D cup sizes. The top also has two lengths, I did the longer which is still fairly short. The sleeves did not want to sit flat so they are slightly gathered at the top. I also cheated and used the rolled hem on my overlocker to finish the sleeves and hem which is a bit bumpy. It has been worn a couple of times, but I don’t really like the high neck that much ๐Ÿ˜•

IMG_1039The back has small darts that make it sit flat against the neck and it fastens with a button or hook and eye, so a really quick sew. I may try anther version with a V neck, as I am sure that would look much better. The fabric is a Kokka cotton from John Lewis โœ‚๏ธโœ‚๏ธ


Grainline Studio Lark Tees

This pattern is a go to for me as it has so many variations. This is the 3/4 sleeve made in fabric from Stoff and Still

IMG_1032The neckline is so simple, this one I simply turned it over and used a 2.5 x 2.5 zig zag stitch as this fabric is very soft and drapy


The second version has short sleeves

IMG_1029This version has a separate neck band that I attached with a narrow zig zag and then over locked and used a zig zag to lie it flat. I also added 2 rows of stitching to the hem band as the fabric rolled up at theย edge as soon as it was cut

Grainline describes this pattern as ideal for layering as it has a slim fit, and I love that it is a longer length. This is an easy pattern to shorten if you prefer


The best bit is how little fabric you need. As jersey is usually a wide fabric, I can squeeze a 3/4 sleeve version from a metre by folding the selvage edges to the centre of the fabric

IMG_0307The sleeves can then be cut from the remaining fabric. Pattern matching can be achieved easily this way too as you line up the body sections side by side