Style Arc Esme, cool for summer

Hope everyone is having a relaxing holiday season. It’s a heatwave here in Aus and these tops are perfect – two Style Arc Esme tops.

I made this top from scraps left over from a (disastrous ) mother of the bride dress. That dress might have been a failure but it did yield silk jersey scraps.wp-1476609388087.jpegSuch a luscious and luxurious fabric. This make has some hidden seams where I’ve pieced the scraps together (in the hem turn-ups) as well as some more obvious ones ( on the collar).

The pattern is Style Arc EsmecaptureThe Esme topย can have a stand up collar, but that was never going to happen with silk jersey. It’s sort of good the way it flops around and hides the joining efforts.wp-1476609557139.jpeg

I like the side split and the high low hem.

This version is made from a linen knit, also rather luxurious and nice and Chistmassy with the watermelon skirt.

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The skirt is Simplicity 2451 ย that I’ve made before, in a tropical bark cloth look Japanese cotton.I like that it has a comfortable yoke and pockets, of course. I made the shorter version this time in a cotton drill from Spotlight.wp-1481452634292.jpg

See also Lara’s lovely versions of the Esme topย here and here and Jean’s gorgeous purple onewp-1481452409845.jpg

studio_20161016_164815.jpgAre you getting some sewing time in these holidays?

keep cool (or warm) and happy stitching and happy new year!

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9 thoughts on “Style Arc Esme, cool for summer

  1. The Esme is a great pattern and your tops must feel lovely in these lux fabrics. Your watermelon skirt is just too cute and such a fun garment. Wishing you all the best for 2017 and I look forward to following your sewing journey into the new year.

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    • thanks Jean. The Esme is a favorite for me now. Thanks for your kind wishes and all the best to you as well. I’m similarly looking forward to following your sewing this year.

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  2. Love both your tops and how creative you were in bringing pieces together for that collar (which looks fabulous). I am a huge fan of silk – and silk jersey! whew that is the top of tops ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your skirt too. I had to laugh reading how hot it is in Aus and nice to have a SLEEVELESS red top for Xmas ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m in Canada so that would be the last thing we would do here so I’m jealous of your Xmas outfit I admit ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • thanks Kathleen! The silk jersey is a bit of a treat. It has been sooo hot, its always lovely to see all the differences on the sewing blogs, I bet you have snow! one day I would love a white Christmas.

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    • Hi Meg, I do love harvesting fabric, it feels rather clever! The silk jersey is much like a woven silk, a bit tricky as it slips and slides while the linen is pretty easy very much like a cotton jersey.

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