Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A New Fave: Style Arc Kim Swing Top

I think I finally found the perfect tunic pattern for those drapey clingy knit fabrics. I have a small stash of them because I just couldn't resist the beautiful prints they come in.

The Style Arc Kim Swing Top is a tunic length top with round neckline, asymmetrical hem and short sleeves. I posted a detailed review of the pattern including alterations I made here (Pattern Review).


I sewed two versions, both in rayon/lycra.

I combined the grey and black "Fossil" knit fabric purchased from Marcy Tilton. 

I used this gorgeous panel print also from Marcy Tilton. It is a sweater knit that is so soft and drapey. I didn't want to use it all up on one top so decided to combine it with a coordinating solid rayon knit jersey from my stash.


This is such a quick and simple top to make. There are only four pattern pieces--the front, the back, sleeves and neck binding. 

Hard to see here but I used my regular sewing machine using tiny zigzag stitches to sew the pieces together before serging the seams. Shown above is the shoulder seam with a strip of clear elastic to stabilize. 

This is a view of the neckline with the black knit binding. I used triple stitch (no. 09 Juki HZL F600) along the outer edges. 

For this top, I used medium length zigzag stitches along the outside of the neckline. I also covered the back inner neckline with strip of knit jersey. I was not happy with how my serged seams looked like when they met at the beginning and end. 

For the sleeve and bottom hemlines, I used my coverstitch. 

I'm really happy with these tops and this pattern is definitely being stored in my TNT (tried and tested) pile!