Monday, September 05, 2016

Style Arc Cold-Shoulder Knit Top and Flat Bottom Flo Pants

Style Arc, I think I love you!
Another winner from Style Arc! This time I sewed the Cold-Shoulder Knit Top (which was one of the free patterns for August 2016), and my third pair of Flat Bottom Flo pants (love the fit, hate the name).

The top is designed to hug the body. Since that's not my personal preference I added width and also did a full-bust adjustment so it would skim over my body.
I used a black ITY knit that has been in my stash for a few years. It was left over from when I sewed a 1970s era Scott Barrie disco dress (Vogue 2194) to wear to the annual Minnesota History Center's RetroRama.
The seams on the top are 1/4". I stitched all the seams using a 0.5 wide, 3.0 length zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine, then finished with a three-thread stitch on my serger. The neck, shoulder, and upper arm edges are simply serged, turned to the wrong side, and stitched in place. I added 1/4" Steam-a-Seam to the wrong side before turning under and stitching.   The top can be sewn in about an hour.
The Flat Bottom Flo pants are sewn from a stretch woven, purchased about a year ago from Hancock Fabrics.  Sigh.  Who knew that just year later the stores would all be closed.
The elastic treatment on the waistband is so simple, and produced a nice clean finish.  You cut elastic to fit your waist measurement; stitch the elastic ends together forming a circle; place one long edge of the elastic along the fold line for the waistband; stitch in place using a zig-zag stitch stretching to fit.   Fold the waistband wrong sides together encasing the elastic.  I used 1-1/2"  wide elastic instead of 2", which is what the pattern calls for.
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I posted this picture earlier today showing the top, pants and my shoes. I purchased the Steve Madden shoes from Nordstrom Rack about five weeks ago and they have quickly become one of my favorite pairs.
This entire outfit was inspired by a promotional mailer from Chico's. Knowing the cost of Chico's tops and pants, I am confident my entire outfit cost much, much less!  I love knowing how to sew!
Both patterns are winners from Style Arc. 
Beautiful drafted patterns and on-trend designs.  Is it any wonder I love Style Arc?

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  1. Very smart-looking outfit! Nicely done.

  2. What a great outfit! I've got the Flo pants (like you I hate the name but I suspect they'll fit well..) but am now really tempted by the pattern for your top!


  3. This is such a great outfit, Sharon! Looks just like the Chico's flyer. Love your shoes and necklace too!

  4. This is a great look and you have it spot on from the image, both fit you so well and you look very stylish. I'm a pantsaphobe (phobia of making pants :) very interesting to see the inners of waistband and it makes me want to give them a go

  5. Lovely stylish outfit. I am another Style Arc fan too.

  6. This looks great on you! I have both of these patterns and will give them a try sometime. I have way to many patterns and plans to sew more than I ever have the time for. I saw the post on Instragram. I was so impressed with how your garments looked like theirs and knew what tjhe savings of sewing your own.



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