Style Arc Kim Swing Top Review
"A swing top in a drapey stretch, with an interesting asymmetric hem "Buy it for £9.99
A quick project to get to grips with me new overlocker (which I’ll be reviewing soon!) – I made this swingy top for my Mum on a Saturday afternoon. We rifled through my stash to find a nice pattern and this Style Arc Kim Swing Top was the winner. I hadn’t yet sewn a Style Arc – this is my first.
I’ve heard the main advantage of Style Arc is that it is drafted for a more womanly shape, with fuller shoulders. I can definitely see how this is true, as the pattern fits really well.
The top is an interesting swingy top, with no dart shaping at all. The pattern actually had short sleeves (a bit longer than cap) so we extended them to bracelet length. The neck is a nice, rounded scoop. The hem is the most interesting part, with a triangular section off to the side which falls into a bias drape. The hem has a small “point” on it, front and back.
This pattern comes with narrow seam allowances included so you can construct it straight on the overlocker – no need for the sewing machine except for your hems and neckline band. I’m not sure if this is the same with all Style Arc patterns, or just ones that are specifically designed for the overlocker.
Fitting the side seams
This pattern is constructed first at the shoulders. The sleeve head is eased in (minimal ease) but the sleeve length is left open. You then sew from hem all the way to cuff. That meant we were able to fit the side seams and the sleeve width with pins, and then follow the pin lines to get a more flattering fit. (I took it in at the waist a fair amount)
The Finished Top