January 29, 2015

StyleArc Demi Drape Top

With my new Ginger Jeans in constant rotation I’ve been in desperate need of more tops, so I dug into my stash and found the StyleArc Demi Drape Top that I bought a while ago. I’ve had mixed results so far with StyleArc – one “ok”, one fail – but I’m pleased to report we finally have a definite win!
StyleArc Demi Drape Top
The demi drape top has a deep cowl with a built-in camisole, which is a great shape for someone top-heavy like me. I often wear camisoles under tops and dresses anyway, but this is better as the camisole is always in exactly the right place with no adjustments needed during the day.
As usual, the instructions are bare, but this is a very straightforward top to make so you shouldn’t run into problems. I used masses of Wonder Tape for the two necklines, cuffs and hems, simply turning them with the  tape and then coverstitching. I also put the sleeves in flat which is my preferred method for knits (and wovens too, if there isn’t too much ease). The whole thing took about an hour.

I used a jersey I’ve been hoarding from EmmaOneSock (long since sold out) – I love the playful but not childish birds. The camisole layer in the front is black merino from NZ.

StyleArc Demi Drape Top
The usual challenge of cowls is to keep them from flipping the wrong way out, or not hanging properly. That was clearly going to happen on this top, so I attached a piece of elastic to the bottom point of the cowl, then attached the other end to the hem. It works perfectly!
StyleArc Demi Drape Top

There’s not much more to say: it’s a simple top that’s super quick and easy to make, and a little more interesting than a standard t-shirt. There will be more of these in my future!

StyleArc Demi Drape Top


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46 Responses to StyleArc Demi Drape Top

  1. ShanniLoves January 29, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    Love the print! I’ve always wanted to try a StyleArc pattern.

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks! This would be a good one to start with, as it isn’t too hard without instructions 🙂

  2. Jennifer Shaw January 29, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    This looks really pretty – you definitely picked the right fabrics and print combo for this top!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

      Thanks Jennifer! I did a muslin first in a much lighter jersey and it was kind of terrible so I agree that getting the right fabric makes a big difference.

  3. Marilla Walker January 29, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    So attractive and definitely a good combo of fabrics!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you Marilla!

  4. tanyamaile January 29, 2015 at 8:39 am #

    I love how they look like two pieces, but are one. Definitely looks like a TNT pattern for you!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm #


  5. Sew little time January 29, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    i love that print! cute printed jerseys are in such short supply over here in the UK. great top!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Yeah to be honest they’re not easy to find here, either! EmmaOneSock has been my best source so far for really cute prints on high quality fabric, because she sources from RTW factories

  6. January 29, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Ooh! What a great top! I love the idea of an attached camisole. I’m always losing mine and I hate that feeling when the cami hem starts riding up beneath your top. Yuck! This is a total win, dude!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Totally! No shifting about here or hiking it up when bra peeks out 🙂

  7. V January 29, 2015 at 10:31 am #

    So cute! I’ve never tried StyleArc patterns but your take on this one makes me tempted to give it a go. I love how you tied down the ever escaping cowl! There is nothing worse than looking down and discovering the inside of your cowl is hanging out for the whole world to see.

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Yes that happened when I first tried it on, and then I remembered reading about cowl stays somewhere… Worked well!

  8. Lori January 29, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Super cute top and great solution with the elastic. I need to try some of the StyleArc patterns, they are just gorgeous. I really enjoy your blog so much.

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks Lori, that’s lovely to hear!

  9. Tiffany January 29, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    That’s definitely a win! Very nice!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks Tiffany!

  10. a little sewing January 29, 2015 at 10:54 am #

    I love that solution with the elastic! lovely top.

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks, Robin

  11. January 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

    love it, very cute on you!

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

      Thank you!

  12. Fabric Tragic January 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    Very chic! So is the camisole an entire separate garment? How does it attach to the main top?

    • Jenny January 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm #

      No the cami is built in, but there’s only a front, not a back. It’s basically a separate top front, which is sewn in at the side seams, if that makes sense.

    • Fabric Tragic January 30, 2015 at 2:58 am #

      Yes indeed. Thanks! Clever design…

  13. BeaJay January 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    That looks fabulous on you. Great fabric and a lovely style for you.

  14. Bettina Suarez January 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    It’s gorgeous and so flattering! (but I am quietly cursing, as I was actually reading through your patternreview posts on Style Arc today and bought a gored skirt and the Linda pants as my allowance for this quarter- about an hour before your post with this lovely top went up!)

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Ah, you’ll just have to put it in your next order! (or maybe check if it’s in the Etsy PDF shop?)

  15. Cynthia Baudendistel January 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Gorgeous. Thanks for the tip on how to keep the cowl from flipping. I’ll definitely try this pattern.

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it Cynthia!

  16. T January 29, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Totally fab-u-lous darling! But then, it is my drug of choice (lovely bird print). The end result is very designer RTW.

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Why thank you, T

  17. RatRace January 29, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    Your top is very cute. I cannot wait to get better at sewing so that I can order fabric from EOS too.

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      It’ definitely worth trying her fabrics – and she also has cheaper “roll ends” if you want to experiment for a little less money

  18. Sophie-Lee January 29, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

    The pattern isn’t something I would have ever looked twice at but it looks awesome on you! Totally jealous of that gorgeous bird fabric though…

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Isn’t it awesome! and I have a bit left to hopefully make a dress 😀

  19. Andie L. January 30, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    You look fabulous in the top! Those black and white prints are definitely great on you. 🙂

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks Andie! I do tend to go monochrome in the winter

  20. Sandra Jordan January 30, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Very nice!

    • Jenny January 30, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Thanks Sandra!

  21. Margo B January 31, 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Gorgeous Jenny! Great idea for keeping the cowl in place with the elastic, thanks for sharing that tip!

  22. Genevieve Arthur January 31, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    This is an extremely figure flattering style on you and I think your choice to size down was perfect! BTW, great tip to use elastic as the cowl stay. Keep it up….

  23. Carolin June 25, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    You look gorgous in those jeans with the top!


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