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). Continue reading


Adventures in draping- Style Arc Billie top

I tried a pattern with draping for the first time and I like it. This is the Style Arc Billie top.captureIt’s just one piece of fabric ! (and one facing). It looks so strange as you cut it out. Then suddenly it makes sense and suddenly it looks so elegant.

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For this one I used a viscose crepe that I had earmarked for a dress. Purchased from the Fabric Store, I can’t decided if it’s lavender or grey. I’ll go lavender. Continue reading

Jennifer Lauren Handmade – Gable top

A new pattern! The Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade  released today!
‘With a classic 50s-inspired true slash neckline, a long-line body for extra comfort and three different sleeve options’
I pattern tested, first time I’ve tested a pattern, it was fun.
 barbarajanemade Gable top
I must say once I’d cut out my size 14 I thought o oh this isn’t  going to go round me, but I love the fit, more snug than I usually make but I really like it. I didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I usually do an FBA, but as Jen drafts for a D cub and with the stretch, I thought it might be ok, and it was.
I didn’t use, as suggested, a medium to heavy knit. Mine is a very light wool/viscose.  I think it worked well. I like the slash neckline, that I secured with twin needles. I made it dip as much as I could without distorting the seams.

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Liberty fleece – is it worth it?

There was a time I thought Liberty only did lawn, but no, there’s a whole world of loveliness, silk satin, silk georgette and fleece!

There were a few beauties at the Fabric store when I acquired this. I was very tempted by the hot pink, but went more muted in the end.

barbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty

The pattern is Style Arc Madison, with lengthened sleeves.  I like that it’s a raglan with not too low a scooped neckline. I also like the small dart at the shoulder that means the sleeve sits nicely. I’ve made it before (not blogged) with the sleeve length as in the pattern, but I’ve since made a few, this one included with the sleeve lengthened.barbarajane made Style Arc in Libertybarbarajane made Style Arc in Liberty Continue reading