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StyleArc Nina cardigan

Two days ago an envelope from the other side of the globe arrived: StyleArc patterns. I must “blame” Robin for this. I had a few patterns on my wish list and when she wrote this post, I clicked to the StyleArc site and ordered 4 new patterns. Add to that the free skirt pattern, that makes 5 new patterns. Must say I love the personal touch of the company, a handwritten note, and because I had indicated the hip/waist difference and asked them to send the free pattern in the size they would advice, they even sent me a sheet with information on the grading of their patterns. Great customer service.

The jacket is on hold till next week, I just had to sew the Nina cardigan yesterday evening. Took me 2 hours from cutting pattern till finished garment and part of that time was spent adjusting the serger for a rolled hem and testing what tension worked best! Other then that there won’t be time to sew till next week.

But the cardigan: it’s a great pattern, uses only 1.5 meter of fabric and is drafted beautifully. The back seams are no straight lines, they have a gentle curve. Construction is completely on the serger (except for sleeve hems), the seam allowances are for that construction method: only half a centimeter or so.

I ordered size 12 based on my bust measurement and the fit is fine. I only made the sleeves a bit narrower at the wrist, personal preference and such a minor detail to change.

Really, really like this pattern and longing to make one of the other patterns I received.


  1. Love that. It accentuates your impressive height in the most flattering way!

  2. It looks great, Sigrid. That's my favorite pick from the September offering. That plus the fun pant. I haven't ordered them yet, though.

  3. Looks great and will be well-worn, I'm sure. :-) I'd been eyeing some of the StyleArc patterns for a while, but haven't been able to make myself part with the funds for shipping...

  4. Such a lovely, stylish and great fitting cardigan that looks fabulous on you! Definitely a favourite.

  5. It's perfect! I take the same size and I prefer narrower sleeves, too. Keep it closely guarded lest a thief steal away with it ;)

    It seems almost 3 weeks since I bought my patterns, I hope they arrive soon! I know that Nina will be a favorite.

  6. Very stylish! This cardigan flatters you!

  7. Love this on you and it makes the other two pieces stand out. Great look on you. Ok, I need to order this pattern too.

  8. Very nice cardigan! I've never tried Style Arc patterns but I think I need to check them out!

  9. This pattern looks like a winner!

  10. The more I see of Style Arc patterns the more I like them, this cardigan is lovely, stylish and drapy and yet still fitted and not needing a huge amount of fabric.

  11. That is one cute jacket! I love sewing up things on my serger - so fast and neat.

    Lovely work and thanks for letting me know about this pattern co.

  12. Your cardigan is so pretty and such a feminine style. 2 hours to sew! Just the thing to whip up when you want a new top.

  13. Love it. It looks really great on you.

  14. Ooooohhh! You look great! I can't believe the good drafting and the clever use of minimal fabric to make such a cardigan. Wow, very impressed.

  15. I love this! So flattering -- I need to try Style Arc patterns.

  16. That does look great! Fun lines and a nice rich color.

  17. What a beautiful cardigan! Love it. It is so very flattering.

  18. I really like the look of this. Very flattering fit on you!


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