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.
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.