Finished Project: Cara Top

by Janice





I finished this project a few weeks ago and only had a chance to blog about it now. This is my first time trying a Style Arc pattern and it did not disappoint. I used a really cheap $4/yard cotton/polyester with excellent drape that I got from Chic Fabrics in the Garment District. I made no changes and it turned out cropped, but mid-length for someone like me since I’m short. I’m wearing it with high waisted pants here, so the silhouette sort of works out. I still have no idea how to style this for our blazing hot 30C weather here. It definitely needs a high waist to balance it out so it’s not too cropped, but my usual jeans are way too heavy and warm for the summer.

(The pictures show a very wrinkly Cara top since I didn’t have my travel iron yet here and it got wrinkled by being in my duffel bag. More well-pressed projects next time!)

Pros: On trend, easy to sew.

Cons: Summer is nearly over but I still haven’t worn this anywhere! I’m still not sure how to style this for work or if the off the shoulder top will be too much, but I need to figure something out soon.

Project Details:

Pattern: Cara Top from Style Arc

Pattern Sizing: size 4 to 30.

Description: This on-trend top gives a gorgeous look with its flattering, gathered, off the shoulder neckline with a floaty raglan sleeve. The elastic at the back neck band keeps the shoulder line in shape. Wear it with jeans or dress it up with a fabulous print to wear to a special occasion.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Fabric: Cotton/polyester.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There was a diagram included since one part was tricky, but that was really helpful.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s really easy to make and on trend.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it’s a very cute top and a fast and easy make.