Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Style Arc Weekend...

Lucky girl that I am, I received my Style Arc patterns last Saturday! For those of you who don't know, Style Arc is an Australian-based pattern company. Their patterns seem to be a little more pricey than the big four, and their shipping costs are a little steep to the US. However, their patterns are very stylish and I like them so much that it outweighs the cost. I usually wait until I have a few patterns I want to purchase, and then purchase them all at once.

This was the collection that I received Saturday...


I've been waiting on some of these patterns for quite some time so of course I was very excited to get started on them. First stop was the Elle pants...


When I purchased this pattern, it just happened to be a part of a combo. The fabric and pattern were sold together as a set. The fabric is a black stretch Bengaline (stretch woven). I've never use this fabric before, so this was a special treat. The composition of the fabric is, 72% viscose, 24% nylon, 4% spandex. The fabric has kind of a stiff feel to it with 30% vertical stretch, perfect for a pair of slacks.

When you order your Style Arc patterns, you purchase your size based on your measurements. I purchased a size 10 for the slacks based on my measurements. I am currently tracking which patterns fit me perfectly or almost perfectly straight from the envelope. Style Arc definitely pleased me! I know it's risky, but I made these pants using the Bengaline fabric I purchased without any alterations, just so I can see the fit. I have to tell you I was very, very pleased! These pants fit like a glove!
 
When I make these pants again, and I will be making them again, the only change I would make, is to shorten the crotch length a bit. That is only because of me being short waisted. I prefer my pants to sit a little lower on my waist. I also like that Style Arc sends you labels to sew into your articles of clothing. One of the label includes the composition as well as care instructions for the fabric.


I also have to add that this pattern was so quick to put together that I was able to make a top too! Both pieces were made last Sunday afternoon. How's that for quick gratification projects!

The second style art project I worked on, was the Dee top.  


I've had this pattern on hold for several months, I just can't tell you how excited I am to finally have it in my hands! I purchased this pattern in a size 10 as well. Once again I decided to make this pattern without any adjustments using a fabric from my stash. The fabric was purchased a while back from Joann fabrics and is a rayon jersey knit. Again super impressed with Style Arc! This pattern went together very quickly and was very easy to sew and very clear directions.
 

 

     
      
 
 
   Sorry about the work restroom shot
I can easily say this top will definitely be made again! I received such a perfect fit with this pattern. No adjustments or alterations were made and I won't need any on future remakes of this top!

I must add this note though, I believe their standard patterns are not for beginners. The majority of the instructions were illustrated. However, some of the basics ending steps were not illustrated. I could see a beginner easily becoming frustrated and confused. For the convenience of the beginners, Style Arc does offer beginner patterns.

All in all last week was a great weekend for sewing! I am one happy little lady!

Happy Sewing!








18 comments:

  1. Great fit on the pant and love the print top .

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    1. Thanks Ms. Sheila! This was a really great pattern!

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  2. I like Style Arc too!. I'd say you hit the jackpot with fit right out of the envelope! Both look fabulous!

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    1. Thank you! I hope all my Style Arc patterns will be the same to!

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  3. Ooh. Both are wonderfully done!

    I have the Issy top. Been meaning to stitch it up!

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    1. Thank you and you should! It's a quick one and fits beautifully!

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  4. It looks like you had a great sewing weekend!! I like the pants and top combination. I am surprised by how well it fit without adjustments being made. Is that because these patterns have more of a RTW feel?

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I think it's because the patterns are well drafted. You order your size, based on the measurements they show, and it just comes out well. At least that's been my experience. I have a few more patterns from them to try so I'll let you know

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  5. Both top and pants are very nice--and they fit you well. You're right about Style Arc. They're a little pricey and so is the shipping, but they are fabulous patterns. Never had a problem with them. Emma One Sock has a knit called "hi-tech stretch crepe 'matte hybrid' which another blogger compared to bengaline. I purchased some a few weeks ago (haven't used it yet), but it is a very nice knit.

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    1. Thanks Robin! The verdict is still out on the Bengaline fabric! I'm not quite sure if I like the way it feels for pants.

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  6. Two great pieces! I've never tried this company but do like the look of the patterns. That top is really fun. Can't wait to see the rest of them made up. :-)

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    1. Thanks Jenny! So far Style Arc is turning out to be some nice fitting patterns!

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  7. Very beautiful garments. I love that they include labels with their patterns; I've never heard of that.

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  8. Wow! Looking fabulous all the way around.

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  9. Oh my goodness, you hit the jackpot, Myra! I think that is the first I've seen that top made up, and it is really cute. The outfit is great. Have you seen their new pant, Flat Bottomed Flo? I swear it's made for me!

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea! I do really like this top a lot. And you're so funny, yes I did see the Flow Bottom pants. You should give them a try. Sure can't hurt and you can probably get a pair of great fitting pants out of it too!

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