Sunday 24 January 2016

Style Arc Lolita Knit Top

Winter has finally arrived in Hong Kong - those of you in places currently experiencing real winters will laugh at our 5C temperatures, but the humidity and lack of double glazing and heating in most apartments make it chilly enough to need winter clothes.

I pulled out some of the sweater knits I bought recently and decided to try this Style Arc pattern which I think was one of their monthly freebies.

It is a quick and easy sew, but there is an error in the instructions although the marks on the pattern pieces and the diagram are correct.  Step 3 instructs you to sew the long edge of the collar closed and leave part of the short edge open.  This should be exactly the other way round, it's fortunate I had the pattern pieces in front of me.  I remembered Anne from Clothing Engineer (a Style Arc fan!)had made this so I double checked her review just to make sure I wasn't being an idiot.  Interestingly she found 2 errors in her pattern - the other one was to do with the order of attaching the neck binding, but this was correct in mine so perhaps there are a few versions floating round out there.  

I made a size 10, my usual Style Arc size and added a bit onto the length.  The only fitting adjustment I needed to make was to shorten the collar bands at the side seams by around an inch each side.  I expect the amount would vary depending on fabric choice so I just basted, tried it on, unpicked and repeated until I was happy with it.

I honestly wasn't sure how I would feel about having fabric wrapping over my bust, but I really like how the top turned out and in this lightweight sweater knit it is so cosy.

 The back collar detail is created by stitching tucks at the centre back seam.

I actually really like the fit of the basic top so quickly made up a plain black version without the bands.  This is the most basic of basics, but perfect for everyday and easy to layer and perk up with different accessories.  I wouldn't suggest that you get this pattern just for the basic top, but if you have it already it is an option.  It also makes me think that it would be quite easy to take a favourite top and drape your own collar pieces on.

Kind of hard to see the detail in these photos, but here you go.  Stay warm and safe everyone.


  1. Hi!I'm a new reader, I found your blog yesterday. I really like what you are sewing :) Greetings from a snowy Finland!

  2. Looks very snuggly! Now that you have said it's a plain top underneath, I might try that in our winter. Nothing to lose but some remnant scraps.

  3. You look so nice and warm in your top and great idea to use the pattern for a plain top.

  4. Looks yummy. I may have to check out the pattern; a little dressier than my standard t-neck for winter.

  5. I haven't used Style Arc patterns yet but this one is really nice. It looks like a really useful wardrobe basic. Enjoy your new tops!

  6. It looks really warm. Now you have me wanting to make something cozy. Our days here in California are starting to warm up again, but not enough to disregard a nice sweater! :)

  7. I would have felt the same but you've just proved this style works really well. Stay warm.

  8. Looks great, but the cross over reminds me of wearing a bra on the outside.

  9. I've always had somewhat mixed feeling about this pattern, but I really like it on you! How neat that you get the bonus of a plain tee pattern too.