Feeling victorious with Verona


I love a sewing victory, and this definity feels like one.  I used some precious Japanese linen which I brought form work and sewed up a new to me pattern… the Verona Woven Top by SytleArc.

I loved this fabric ever since I saw the sample when I was assisting my boss with some fabric buying.  My love didn’t diminish when it arrived in store, but these days I don’t buy fabric until I’m ready to sew it up.  My stash isn’t growing, so this strategy is currently working well for me.


This is a Japanese linen, so although a touch late, a perfect entry for the Instagram challenge #SewJapaneseInJuly.


This top definitely has some big sleeve energy!


The sleeves are cut on the bias, so a little ‘hoggy’ with regards fabric consumption, but I think totally worth it.


I made two fit alterations to the pattern, which are very common for me:

  • I performed a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment on a raglan sleeve.  My method is outline in this blog post.
  • I have a longish torso, so added 1″ (2.5cm) to the length of the top



The added length is perfect as there is no belly flashing when I lift my arms.


I’m really happy with my bias bound neckline.  I hand basted the binding in place (see Instagram reel) before securing it with my machine.  It makes such a difference to accuracy.


The sleeves are brought in with elastic.  6mm elastic is specified in the pattern, but I used 9mm to make the elastic more snug in the casing.



The back neckline is secured with a button and loop.  Rather than a fabric loop, I opted to make a thread chain referencing this Oliver + S tutorial.


This top feels very me.  I predict it’s going to have longevity in my wardrobe.


Pattern:  StyleArc’s Verona Woven Top (purchased from work)
Size:  8
Fabric:  Japanese linen from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  I added 1″ (2.5cm) to the length of the top, performed my usual 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, I created a thread chain loop and used slightly wider elastic in the sleeve cuffs.
Outfit:  Jeans from AJE, loafers from Radical Yes and necklace a gift from my dear friend Anne many years ago
Photo Location:  Outside the Kew Tram Depot (Melbourne)



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