Thursday, 28 May 2015

Style Arc Ann T-Top


Hello!

A few months ago in Stitches magazine there was and advertisement for Style Arc's Ann T shirt pattern as a free download. Beauty!  I needed some winter tops so this week I got around to printing the pattern out, taping it up and having a go. The print out for size14 (my usual big 4 Size) looked way too big so I printed out the size 12. It still looked roomy and did turn out a bit big.

Style Arc Ann T-Top

The pattern is a basic T shirt with gathers up the sides of the body, which I omitted. I shortened the front to match the back then shortened all the pieces because they were absurdly long on me, even the sleeves. I cut some length off then cut a bit more then tried the top on and then serged inside the side and arm seams allowances again. By the way the pattern has half centimetre seam allowances.
By this time I was having an alternate universe moment. Had I shrunk in the wash?

No, if anything I am carrying a bit of weight around my middle. Had I printed it out to scale? Yes the measure square was perfect. Did any of the existing reviews on Pattern Review  Pattern Reviews for Ann T-Top  say it was enormous? Was it my fabric? No, it is a nice moderate weight stable knit. It must just be a relaxed fit, but that is ok for winter Tees.

I forgot to mention I raised the front neckline halfway up the scoop. I cut a much shorter neck band to my formula which is the measurement of your final neckline minus 6 or 7cm depending on how snuggly you want it to sit. The original neckband pattern piece was very long, even for a scoop! If you make this pattern flat measure everything first.

The Style Arc instructions are basically just an order of construction, but what is there makes sense - unlike Burdastyle instructions.




Style Arc Ann T

The fabric was a bargain at My Hung in Cabramatta. There are about six material shops all within walking distance of one another. The quality of material is hit and miss but I got lucky with this one. It still felt beautiful after I pre-washed it.

Back to the pattern. It's worth making even though it is nowhere near as fitted as the line drawings. I already have a black T shirt almost finished and it's nearly the look I am after. It just occurred to me I should have narrowed shoulders a bit to my true shoulder line. I'll have to do one more from my newly acquired knit fabric stash and keep tweaking till I'm happy and have a 'Ann' TNT.

Edited to add the new black version. I've done a Pattern Review of Style Arc Ann-T Top


As an aside, I took out NL6735, a very fitted T-shirt which I've made before and the main difference in the way these two sit, apart from the body shaping at the sides and CB, is in the sleeves. NL reviewed here has much snugger sleeves which are cut higher at the armpit. The Ann T is looser through the shoulder and sleeve. Both patterns are good but result in a different 'hang'.
You can paint stripes on a horse but it doesn't turn it into a zebra - something like that. Duh.




Happy sewing,

Val.

13 comments:

  1. I find it so annoying when illustrations aren't true to the garment. Its a great fabric for a simple design, and it looks great on. Gosh six fabric stores near one another how lucky is that.

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    1. Hi Louise! Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, it's great to have a fascinating migrant suburb with asian food and material shops to explore now and then.

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  2. Great tee.. looks great on you. .Happy sewing.

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  3. That's great fabric. You have reminded me I have that pattern download too and I need t-shirts.

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  4. It looks terrific in your lovely print. Good to hear about the sizing- I've got the download too and thought it was a close fitting tee from the drawing. Don't you hate that!

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  5. What a cute top, great print. And what a funny story!

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  6. Great colours in this top and the fit looks pretty good.

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  7. Valerie! It looks great and the colours are so pretty!You look fantastic!

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  8. LOL @ stripes/zebra comment. Thanks for comparing NL6735 and the Ann top. I'm searching for a tee-shirt pattern and this is helpful information. Both of yours look great!

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  9. I just made a vogue tee that had such a crazy relaxed fit. Not snug like the pattern photo at all. Wonder if that's a style trend right now? It's not one of those huge drape-y tees or anything. Just a basic tee shirt. Anyway, love the fabric!

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    1. I suspect that vanity sizing is being adopted by the pattern companies.

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