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 top 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.



The skirt is Simplicity 2451  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 top 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!


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.


  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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂

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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.


    • 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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