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Friday, 23 December 2016

Style Arc Billie Tops

I liked this unusual draped top pattern when it was first issued and I don't know why I didn't buy it, but I didn't, it went out of print and that was that.  However when Style Arc had a Black Friday sale of the pdf patterns in their Etsy store I had a browse and found Billie there so I snapped it up.  Finding anything on that site is a bit hit and miss and I much prefer to go through the main site, but if you know what you are looking for you can search for it on the Etsy store.  Here is the link to the Billie search page.


There is only one crazy shaped pattern piece (plus facing pieces which I did not use) so provided you keep the pattern piece nearby so you can figure out which bit is what, this is an incredibly quick and easy top to put together.


If you have faith miraculously it turns out exactly like the line drawing!


I made two versions, the first in a sequin fabric for the holidays and the second in a printed ITY jersey.  I think it is much more successful in the sequin fabric, partly because the weight of the sequins makes the drape hang better, but also I think this just works better in a solid otherwise the drape detail is lost in a busy print.  I have some solid cotton bamboo that I plan to try this in and I'm also curious how it would look in a drapy woven.  It definitely needs something slim on the bottom half to balance out the volume - basically exactly as Style Arc show it in their illustration.





There really isn't a lot to say about construction because there is so little of it - make a pleat and sew three seams!  As I mentioned I left off the facing pieces and just used self fabric to bind the neck and arm edges.

Sewing with sequins required a bit of extra work, but I didn't use the generally recommended method of unpicking sequins from my seam allowances.  Instead I just covered the seams and edges with some scraps of jersey, a method I have used before, so much quicker and works for me, but if you have very sensitive skin it might be better to go the couture road or underline the whole thing.  



You can see below why the print version doesn't work as well - the drape detail is lost and it just looks like an oversized t shirt.


The party version is much better!



17 comments:

katherine h said...

I love your sequin party version. Very seasonal! Merry Christmas and happy sewing in 2017

Vicki said...

Yay to the party version. Looks very swish!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

Oh I love the party version !!! I have just been thinking about sewing a sequin t-shirt and you have inspired me more.

Faye Lewis said...

Oh the sequined one crabbed my heart!

Shannon said...

These look great!

deadlycraft said...

This looks great - especially the sequin one! I just went and bought the pattern based on seeing this :)

KathyS said...

It's one of those tops that need to be seen made up. I love the sequinned version.

mags said...

Love the party version. I've just bought my first style arc pattern so looking forward to having a go .... A coat pattern though!

Tracie said...

I also love the sequin party version!
Merry Christmas!

sonja said...

Both versions are looking great and are suiting you well.I'm a huge fan of the drape drape top no4 that is also a one piece pattern like this one. I've my eye on this pattern too but still haven't brave enough to make it. After seeing both your versions you've encouraged me to make one of my own.

aysel melike said...

Super!!!

Doctor T Designs said...

I love the sequins!

cidell said...

I like both. But, the sequin version is FIRE!

Sharon said...

Two great tops but as you say the sequin version shows off the design perfectly.

Sherry said...

Wow - the sequinned one looks amazing! Actually the black and white one does too, but it is just a little outshone in this post!

Amanda S. said...

Lovely! I REALLY love the sequined one too. I hope you had a fun place to wear it for New Year's!

Nancy K said...

A sequin tee seems like such a versatile piece and this one is fabulous. It's really a year round piece isn't it? Happy New Year.