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Another easy top

I’m a bit on a roll with easy tops. Partly because I want to try patterns, partly because I’m into easy sewing at the moment.

This time I made the StyleArc Robin top. An easy top with square neckline, bust and waist darts, cap sleeves and an invisible zipper at the back as it’s designed for a woven fabric.

I made it straight out the envelope, no alterations at first. After finishing I took in the waist darts a bit more, otherwise the fit is good.

The invisible zipper is sewn in the middle of the center back seam, so there is a seam above and below the zipper. I found this a bit more hassle stitching the zipper in the correct postion, but the end result is very good. The back facing is one piece in this way and makes for easy sewing. No hassle with the top of the zipper, facing that has to be turned etc. I’ll remember that for any other top or dress with a center back zipper. If the neckline is wide enough to get your head in and out without the opening of the zipper this is a very neat way.

Look at the line drawing to see the placement of the zipper.

The neckline is higher than the drawing suggests, I will lower it next time. Also I will make sure that the vertical dart in the front is ending a bit lower. Like the Jenny blouse I made the dart ends at the bust point, I prefer that to have a little less marked. No problem in this printed fabric, but in a plain fabric I don’t like that so much.

As this was more or less a trial run, I used a remnant piece of fabric from a dress I made this summer.

The photo’s were taken just before going to the gym, hence the white stripes at the side. They’re from my gym-pants.


  1. Beautiful! I have this pattern on my shopping list for next month, and I was curious about how the zipper worked. It seems like a great pattern for a shell.

  2. That's a good pattern to become a TNT!

  3. Cute! That looks like a very versatile base for many styles.

    About 90% of my finished pics are of me in sweatpants so join the club!

  4. beautiful work, congratulations

  5. The shirt has a nice shape. It really shows off your trim waist. Very nice!

  6. What a great fit!
    The back is amazing!
    absolutely perfekt!

  7. That's a lovely little top. You have made it to fit your curves perfectly. The zip placement is a good idea. I have trouble getting zips done all the way up.

  8. A very cute, well fitting top. And good for you to go to the gym. :)

  9. I am always on the lookout for knit top patterns with shaping. This one makes a very flattering top.

  10. This zipper placement is not one I have seen before.

  11. Really cute top and a super style on you. I love how the cut on sleeves create a perfect hourglass look.

  12. Your top is beautiful and fits you wonderfully. Very nice job, Sigrid.

  13. Your top looks great, the waist shaping is really nice.

  14. A really lovely fit on this--it looks great on you! I need to try inserting the zip in the middle only--I always hate how the little zipper ends stick out at the bottom of the hem of a top with an upside-down zip no matter how neatly I try to do them.

  15. Such a nicely shaped top. I like the zipper placement idea. I just made my first Style Arc pattern--nice fit!

  16. It looks very good. I have yet to try the Style Arc patterns.


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