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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Style Arc Juliet Shirt


Link to Style Arc Juliet shirt pattern here


As a fan of all the drapy, twisty patterns I loved this Style Arc shirt when it was released and ordered it pretty soon afterwards.  However when it arrived (printed copy, not pdf) and I cut it out I noticed a printing error on the cuff piece which was incomplete.  Now it's just a rectangle, but it made me think maybe there were other errors.  I did email Style Arc about it, but never received a reply, got annoyed, put the pattern away and subsequently forgot all about it.

I recently dug it out again and simply corrected the cuff piece to match the width of the sleeve.  You can see in the photo below the amount I needed to extend it by - quite a lot!


I made a test version using some inexpensive self stripe stretch cotton shirting and fortunately the rest of the pattern pieces had no problems.  I made a size 10 with no alterations so can't really complain too much!





Despite my initial disappointment with the pattern there are some good things about it, other than the style;
  • smaller seam allowances on the collar making it much easier to handle
  • whole collar and stand is assembled as one unit before attaching to the shirt body



The back is supposed to be slightly longer than the front, but I didn't have enough fabric to do that.  I also didn't think at all about making the stripe pattern symmetrical on the fronts, but I don't think it's that noticeable in an all white shirt.

I really haven't done a good job tying it here now I see the photos so I will pay attention to that when I wear it in real life.  It would be better to have the tie nearer to the centre as shown in the line drawing.

Now I have confidence in the pattern I do plan to make it again although somewhat ironically I may extend the sleeve to full length which would mean shortening the cuff piece again!





15 comments:

  1. That's frustrating to have an error in the printed pattern AND not receive a reply! I would lose motivation to continue too! I'm glad you picked it back up though, it's a unique shirt and looks very chic on you. StyleArc certainly has many goodies, I always think they're a bit underrated, perhaps it's more a marketing issue.

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  2. The top is gorgeous and thank you for such a detailed post on this pattern!

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  3. It's super cute and looks great on you! I was iffy on the pattern when it was released but really like yours.

    I really like SA's designs and the patterns are typically very good. They have a LOT of errors like this though, which is frustrating.

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  4. The completed shirt is lovely!

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  5. I so love your taste, and although I'm not a drapey kinda girl myself, this is a very convincing design that is beautiful in pure white. I too recall the first time I found a mistake—in a Vogue blouse pattern twenty years ago. Until that moment, I'd had complete faith in these companies! So naive! I'm using mostly Burda now and haven't had any problems apart from the ridiculous instructions.

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  6. I have had the PDF of this top printed out and taped together for ages. Will get to it someday. I think the softer drapey fabric you used is a better choice than the stiffer shirting fabrics some sewers have used. It is a lovely take on the classic white blouse.

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  7. you have great taste in patterns!

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  8. I think this could be a winner . I like Style Arc patterns alot . They did have IT problems last year and they seem to be fine now so give them another chance . I haven't had any failures with their patterns although some of the patterns just didn't suit me but that is more a matter of choosing appropriate patterns.

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  9. Fabulous white shirt! You can never have too many of those in your closet.

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  10. It looks wonderful on you! Great white blouse

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  11. A gorgeous blouse and the tie just takes it up a notch. How frustrating that Style Arc haven't responded to you.

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  12. I saw your shirt on Instagram the other day and thought to myself, "I need that pattern." Because your shirt is so cute. I want one too. ;-)

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  13. The shirt looks so good on you! I love the twist detail.

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  14. Lovely shirt!
    I just googled this as I am sewing it right now and wanted to hear a real review. I am going to double check my cuff!
    Thank you!

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