The Skye’s the limit
I first set eyes on this printed linen at The Cloth Shop in August last year (thanks for the time stamp Instagram!) and I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that it was purchased immediately. I love the colours, the flowery spotty pattern and the fact it’s linen. Initially, I thought I would sew an Aeolian (because you can’t beat a TNT pattern!) but then I decided to let this linen mature in the stash and see if another idea would come along. And it did!
As well as trying to make a significant dent in my fabric stash, I’m also currently on a personal mission to try and sew more of the patterns that I already own. I purchased StyleArc’s Skye Top soon after it was released and now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t sew it sooner.
Rather than my usual ‘ditch the facings’ mentality, I have strong preference for finishing necklines with bias binding, I decided to use the neck facings supplied. The Skye Top has hem facings too and I liked the idea of top-stitching the hem and neck facings as a feature.
I was a little confused with whether or not to fuse the hem facings. The diagram of pattern pieces in the instructions said yes, the actual pattern piece didn’t specify and then I discovered buried in the instructions it said this step was optional. I decided that I would fuse my hem facings as I was working with linen and thought that some extra stability from a light interfacing would be an advantage. For all my facings on this project I used an ivory linen from The Cloth Shop.
The Skye Top is designed with a higher neckline that I’d prefer and a back slit with a button or hook and eye closure. I lowered the neckline by using a 1/2″ rather than the specified 1/4″ seam allowance. The lowered neckline allowed me to eliminate the back slit as the top (just) fits over my (big) head.
I am forever shortening my tops, but in this case I added 2 inches to the length. Lara has sewn this pattern twice before and I know that our height difference is 2″ and our leg length is the same. I therefore knew that for this top to sit in exactly the same spot as Lara’s, I just needed to add the 2 ” to the length. Aren’t sewing friends the best?
The only other minor change I made to the pattern was to sew a small wedge out of the back neckline (and accompanying facing) to accommodate my high rounded shoulders This little adjustment was completed mid construction and is so easy to do with a centre back seam. Happy days!
The Skye top is a little more work that a standard woven tee, but the rewards are there. If you like the style then I can recommend the pattern without hesitation.
Pattern: StyleArc’s Skye Top
Fabric: Printed linen and ivory linen from the Cloth Shop
Alterations: Lengthened the top by 2″. Took a small wedge out of the upper back (and back facing) to accommodate my high rounded shoulders.
Accessories: Beads from Elk and as-new second-hand Funkis shoes
Photo Location: Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne