Sunday, 26 April 2015

Style Arc Adele Tunic in Stripes



Recently I had the unexpected opportunity to visit The Remnant Warehouse in Sydney. I have bought quite a bit of fabric from their online store in the past, so it was great to actually visit the real shop for the first time. It was during this visit that I picked up this lovely cotton lycra stripe in a soft grey and white. They had precut bundles of this fabric in one metre lengths for $5.00. I bought two bundles and used it to try out the Style Arc Adele Top.


Style Arc Adele Tunic

I made a size 12 and the only alteration I made was to the shape of the neckline.


I took my time to match the stripes at the side seams. I could have constructed this entirely on the overlocker but I knew my stripes would never line up if I did this. So I used a very narrow zigzag on my sewing machine and my walking foot and lots of pins. This worked really well and I am glad I took the extra time and effort.


I love the fit of this tunic. There is negative ease across the bust and shoulders, but then it falls loosely over the tummy and hips, effectively hiding any lumpy bits. I am wearing this tunic with my Style Arc Elle Pants.

Neckline borrowed from the Sewaholic Renfrew
 
You may have noticed that my neckline is quite different from the pattern illustration. I am not a fan of crew necklines on me, so I redrew the neckline using the Sewaholic Renfrew View B with the V neckline, and I followed the Sewaholic instructions for the construction of the V neckline.


There is a side split on one side which assists with the fit over the hips. I am more rectangular shaped, so I probably could get away without the side split, but this would be great for those of you who are more pear shaped.


I love the asymmetrical hemline too. I think it is very flattering and helps elongate and slim the torso. I used a twin needle to sew all the hemlines. I wanted to use some Steam a Seam Lite to stabilize the hems before stitching but my local supplier was out of stock, so I forged ahead very carefully, using my walking foot. The result wasn't too bad but there is some tunneling.


Loving my new Adele Tunic which has been worn three times already. I will be making more of these when I can find the right fabric.


Happy Sewing

20 comments:

  1. Great V-neck. The angle really suits the bottom angle. Thanks for reminding me I have this pattern - perfect for the top I have in my head.

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    1. Thank you. Hope you are as happy with your top as I am with mine.

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  2. Very nice top on you and love what you did to the neckline.

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    1. Thanks Manju. I much prefer the V neck too.

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  3. This tunic looks much better with the V neck I think. Looks great on you.
    I don't get to the remnant warehouse very often at all, but when I get there it's always worth the trip.

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    1. Thanks so much Paola. I would have loved to spend a lot more time at The Remnant Warehouse, but my darling husband was getting very bored.

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  4. Great top. You look like you're really happy with it too. Like your neckline better.

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I appreciate your comment.

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  5. Great looking tunic and isn't TRW an amazing shop!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. Looking forward to another visit one day, but next time I will be better prepared.

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  6. I do like the v neck alteration and the grey stripes. Great top!

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    1. Thanks Andrea. Stripes are always a pain to match but the result is always worth it.

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  7. I like this top, and I much prefer it with a v-neck. I love the photo with your dog:)

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    1. The V neck has been a resounding success according to all the comments. Thanks for your comment Angela, and Ollie is a big part of our family but has no idea how to pose for a photo :)

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  8. I agree with everyone else - love the V-neck! It echoes the hemline so much better than the scoop neck.

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  9. Thanks Carrie. I think I made the right choice with the neckline, not only because a v neck suits me better, but because it does go with the hemline better too.

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  10. This is the perfect top for you! You seem to have much better luck with StyleArc patterns than I do, and I agree, the neckline is much better the way you've done it.

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    1. Thank you Sue for your lovely comment. I would like to make some more of these when I find the right fabric.

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  11. Love this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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