What could I possibly love more than a pattern that consistently yields great makes? The Fiona Top is a pattern by Style Arc, an Australian independent pattern company. It’s one of the more robust indies, offering a wide range of patterns in a wide range of sizes through an easy to navigate and modern website. I know I sound like a commercial, but I love my Fiona Top that much — I’ve made three since July!
In regards to the pattern, it required only tiny tweaks to fit me perfectly. I bought a size 22 and the largest adjustment I made was lengthening the sleeves 3/4″. This is kind of amazing, given my various dimensions. And despite being intended for lightweight knit fabrics, I’ve sewn it in three very different fabrics with great success.
What I love love love about this pattern is how intelligently it is drafted: the center back seam is gently curved, to better hug your back. Also, the fact there is a center back seam allows for easier tweaking for fit! Also, I added patch pockets. Also ……. :) hah! Just kidding. Here are the pictures!
This is my third and most recent Fiona. I used a rayon blend novelty knit for the body and pockets, and a cotton/poly jersey for the cuffs, neckband, and lining. That’s right folks, this Fiona is lined! It feels dreamy. Lining it did add work, but I love the jersey against my skin and the fact that there are no visible seams on this garment. I lengthened the sleeves by 3/4″ for the first time, which adjustment really works for me.
This is my second Fiona, and my first with pockets. I used a medium-weight, moderate stretch novelty knit; probably a poly/lycra blend. All that texture was a bear to work with, and I think the next time I work with anything sproingy like this I will baste, baste, baste. I pieced the band on the crosswise and other grains, as I simply did not have the full yardage to cut it out properly. I don’t believe it at all affected the finished garment. Oh, and I scooped out the back neck and swooped out the center back at the hem — both very common alterations for me.
My first Fiona, the one I sewed up roughly as a wearable muslin and fell madly in love with. I had to re-stitch some of the seams on this one, that’s how slapdash my initial effort was. As this was a muslin and as the pattern has no pattern measurements, I made no alterations to the pattern. I barely followed the meager instructions, too — it’s a pretty self-explanatory make.
Okay, this is the last you’ll hear from me in 2014 — HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It’s time for 2015, yeah!