Sophisticated figure-hugging folds redolent of a classical statue, or a dog’s dinner?
I’d had this Stylearc Issy Knit Top on the top of my to-do list for so long that I forgot it was given to me. This meant that I made the mistake of assuming it was a size 8 like the other Stylearc patterns that I’ve bought (for those uninitiated to this company, the pattern comes in the one size you order). In fact, it’s a 12. Even so, and despite my taking it in at all seams, this is huge and the ruching which pools below the waist bears little resemblance to the drawing on the envelope.
A previous review warned that the asymmetric neckline (i.e. the diagonal slant at centre front) is difficult to finish and the underneath tends to flip to the right side. To prevent this, I decided to trace the top section of the pattern to the bust and make a facing. This worked fine. I also found it easy to construct the ‘clever’ and ‘distinctive’ neckline formed by folding back the inner wings of the pattern towards the shoulders. It’s certainly a style unlike any I’ve tried before and the instructions were thorough.But the result is this cowled look which I’ve been seeing on womenswear for a few years now. At first it seemed an elegant alternative to the simple jersey top but I’ve come to the party too late and it’s all a bit hackneyed.
I’d be happy to post this pattern to anyone up for the challenge of making a better job. You need to be a UK size 12-14, though there might be less ease if your jersey is tight or thicker than my drapey viscose. Leave me a message and if there’s more than one ‘applicant’, I’ll do a draw. The paper is only in an OK condition: it has the inevitable pin marks plus a rip and a scratch where Blogstalker loyally savaged the pattern on my behalf!