Style Arc Head to Toe

What came first ~ the pants or the top?


The pants, but let’s talk first about the top. I was about to bust to sew a cold-shoulder top. I see them everywhere, and after one attempt and mediocre result last spring I’m at it again. Fortunately, the pattern companies now offer many more selections, and I had a better vision.

For this top I selected the Style Arc Cold Shoulder Knit Top. It is designed for a close fit, which fit almost perfectly without any adjustments. My fabric is a ponte knit from Mood Fabrics and I’m linking to entire collection of ponte due to the store’s large selection of these functional fabrics! The stable knit pairs nicely with this pattern providing  structure, shape and just enough stretch for a good fit.


What I really like about this pattern design is the higher neckline which keeps the focus on the shoulders.

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In the pattern diagram, the top is shown at a shorter length, but I preferred a longer length. Being 5’2″ the original pattern length worked well. I hope to make more!


Mood’s Black and Beige Geometric Squares Stretch Cotton Woven immediately caught my eye and went straight to the cart!


I think the description of ‘Black and Beige’ is way too tame for this lively print sure to  punctuate any wardrobe with the cheerful pops of color! In my opinion, this is one of those must have fabrics which would make any garment proud 😉


The pants are sewn from Style Arc’s Willow pattern which I have sewn twice before both from Mood Fabrics.



Mood Fabrics, DVF Brocade, Style Arc Willow

Mood Fabrics, DVF Brocade, Style Arc Willow

Mood Fabrics, Brocade, Style Arc Willow

Mood Fabrics, Brocade, Style Arc Willow

The pattern features Style Arc’s great fit and is designed for woven fabrics. The higher waist with a side zipper is perfect for wearing with pullover tops.  I removed  1 inch from the width of the back legs since I was sewing a fabric with stretch to avoid bagginess and am pleased with the result.

IMG_0033I also left out the split at the hem because there was just too much going on with the pattern, shoes and top I planned to make. 😉

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I think of this project as ‘Sewing for Fun’ and fun it was to sew in a relaxed state of mind without an agenda, deadline or particular expectation.

Cheers to Happy Sewing Projects!

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  • Sharon
    February 5, 2017

    Wow such a winning look times 2!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    February 5, 2017

    Beautiful outfit! I love the top and pants (not surprising since I am a huge fan of StyleArc’s patterns) but your fabric choices are perfect too.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    February 5, 2017

    Thank you, Kathleen! I’m going to look for a SA pants tailored pattern specifically designed for this type of fabric. 😉

  • Doris
    February 6, 2017

    Loving this outfit, you are an inspiration to me, I must try more different styles of patterns.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    February 6, 2017

    Thank you, Doris! Tried and Trues are great for us sewers, but variety is the spice of life – hence, keep exploring and trying out new styles 😉

  • Fiona
    February 8, 2017

    Such a chic little outfit! I wouldn’t have thought to make a cold shoulder top in a knit but this with the close fit is gorgeous

    • Sarah Gunn
      February 8, 2017

      Thank you, Fiona! I’ve made one cold shoulder in a woven and one in a knit and I prefer the knit so far 🙂

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