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

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

style arc for the #inseasonsilkcomp

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Perfect for autumn, this lovely crepe de chine! I’ve made something for  Tessuti’s #inseasonsilkcomp.

I wanted something to show off the softness and drape of this luscious silk. This is Style Arc’s Suzie’s Sisters Top. The pleats and the tucks show off the silk nicely.


Turns out it’s perfect for work in Canberra’s lovely crisp autumn. barbarajanemade#inseasonsilkcomp.jpeg

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