Trying Style Arc Patterns

I tried my first two patterns from Style Arc, an independent pattern company based in Australia. I chose the Julie pant, which a slim pant for stretch woven fabrics. Every month, Style Arc give away a free pattern with each order and for July the pattern was the Emily Top, a yoked T-shirt with a twisted pleat on the right neck side.

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The patterns come printed on thick paper, with written instructions and a swatch of recommended fabric. The Emily pattern is straight forward, except for the pleat detail. I found the written instructions to be confusing and when I searched the online tutorials at the Style Arc Website, I found no help. When I did a Google search for “Help with Style Arc Emily top” I found a Style Arc tutorial on their FaceBook page which was VERY helpful. However, the pattern instructions and the tutorial instructions were not the same. For example, the pattern instructions say to sew the neck binding short ends together before sewing the binding the neck edge and the tutorial tells you to keep the binding in one piece when attaching to the neck (this is the only way that works). One I got over that speedbump, the rest of the shirt came together like any other top. I do like the way it fits and think that their patterns are very original and fashion forward.

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The Julie pants I have not made a real pair of yet, but I did make two muslins and think that I have the fit down well enough to try a pair for work. I will show those when I have them completed. My first muslin was too tight in the thighs ( I HAVE been running this summer!) so I added an inch to each side and that seemed to fit the fit issue.

I think that Style Arc patterns are worth a try if you are an intermediate to advanced sewist, but proceed with caution if you are a beginner. I would try more of their patterns myself. Happy Sewing.