Style Arc Melinda Knit Tunic

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I love the Holidays! My fashion photographer and I are fortunate to have time off work. Our time seems to fill up with family, friends and activities we normally don’t have an opportunity to do.  I have enough experience to know not to plan on sewing very much during this time.

Because my sewing fingers get itchy as the days go by, I like to have a simple project cut out and ready to sew.

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This year I chose to sew the Melinda Knit Tunic from Style Arc. I had 1.5 yards of wool jersey from Fabric Mart in my stash that I thought would do well for this top. The wool jersey was nice to work with and I’m happy with the result.

The shoulder seam on my version does not “drop” as much as the one pictured on the pattern. I was also perplexed by the length of the sleeves. The pattern piece is for a longer sleeve than what is pictured. I cut two inches off of the bottom of the sleeve to achieve the length I wanted.

The pattern has a vertical seam at the bottom back. I chose to omit this and cut the piece on the fold. I included a picture of the back of my top. I never like pictures of me from the back but this is a sewing blog so if I’m going to mention something I should probably show you what it looks like.

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I like the bateau neckline very much. It is cleverly designed to give a nice clean finish. Interfacing the neckline piece is optional. I chose to use a lightweight knit interfacing and I’m glad I did. The neckline feels good and is not droopy or wavy as some other bateau necklines I’ve made.

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18 thoughts on “Style Arc Melinda Knit Tunic

  1. How cute! I love the color and the interesting construction lines of this pattern. Also I lol’d at your not liking to photograph your back. I don’t either but feel compelled since I personally like to see things from every angle.

  2. Nice top! I really like the design, it looks great on you. I love bateau necklines, but I suffer from bra strap exposure whenever I try to make/wear them. I think this is a great combination of fabric and pattern. The drape is perfect.

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