Third piece in the wardrobe contest - a lovely summery swing top - the StyleArc Vicki top.
I cut my usual StyleArc size 16 and am very happy with the fit. The fabric is a rayon crepe (I think) and acted like every seam was on the bias so a bit painful to sew but it suits this top.
- I lengthened the top by 3" at the hemline.
- I topstitched the seam where the front joins the back to emphasize it.
- My binding is turned completely to the inside and sewn down with the result that no binding shows. I did this as I was not going to get a good finish with the described binding method. I think I would need to cut the binding slightly wider to achieve that finish (at least with this fabric). However I am very happy with the finish as I have sewn it and would probably do it again like that.
- I did not follow the suggestion of sewing a bar tack to hold the seam open at the top of the centre front seam as it would have stood out on this single colour fabric. I just did a hand tack inside at the neckline to hold the seam open.
I love this style and really want to make a ton of these tops! So I think this pattern will get a workout in the future!
I am currently making piece 4 which is the Stylearc Charlie skirt. I love sewing the top stitching but am a bit nervous about how a slimline skirt in a stretch woven will fit/look on my self, but hope to finish it soon!