Sunny Knit Top on a not so sunny day
It seems ironic to be sewing and blogging about the Sunny Knit Top when we are experiencing what feels like the coldest winter in years. Note to self… I must stop whinging about our weather.
My wardrobe is currently lacking long sleeve tops that I can wear under RTW jackets with three-quarter sleeves. I therefore decided that it was time that Sunny and I danced the sewing dance.
This purpley blue viscose from Tessuti (purchased 18+ months ago) tones beautifully with my jacket and it had the perfect drape for a Sunny Knit Top. It was all systems go!
I own a few Style Arc patterns, but I must confess I haven’t sewn many of them… which is for no other reason except something more shiny comes along first!
My impression from other sewers/sewists is that the design and drafting at Style Arc is spot on, and that’s exactly how I found this top. Yes, it’s over-sized, but I think the slim fitting arms and the cocoon shaped bottom band balance the volume nicely.
Several reviews on this pattern suggest that the arms are very tight. I made the size 10, as per my bust measurement, and the arms are a little long (perfect for cold weather) but not tight on me.
The line drawing, and all other examples of this top I’ve seen online, indicate that it’s on the longish side. I like my tops to finish around my high hip bone, so I shortened the pattern in two places. I took an inch (2.5 cm) out of the front and back pieces as well as an inch (2.5 cm) out of the cocoon shaped bottom band. The latter adjustment really had me scratching my head. In crude terms, the pattern piece is shaped like an upside down half circle skirt, and I could see three different ways of shortening this pattern piece. I could have either:
- Removed the length directly from the hem… making the circumference of the hem band bigger (not ideal)
- Drawn a straight through the pattern piece and adjusted at this point… creating a lot of distortion at the side seams (not ideal)
- Drawn a curved line, following the arc of the seam that connects this piece to the front and back pieces, and adjust here… less distortion at the side seams than the straight line option (the method I used)
I’m really happy with this top and I look forward to wearing it in spring without all the layers!
And to finish, more photos…
Pattern: Style Arc’s Sunny Knit Top (paper or pdf)
Fabric: Viscose knit from Tessuti (purchased 18+ months ago)
Alterations: Removed 1″ (2.5 cm) from the front and back pieces as well as 1″ (2.5 cm) from the cocoon shaped bottom band
Accessories: Boots from Florsheim. Scarf worn with jacket from Scarlet Jones & Sophie Digard scarf from Luccello worn with top.