Cozy Capsule/// Bert Knit Top by Style Arc

Full disclosure- I am still trying to get my deep dives for turtlenecks done, but two of my fabric orders have been delayed (I’m assuming due to weather!) and I am having to work around that. But hopefully soon I will be able to continue my series on turtle neck patterns. Until then, please enjoy my latest make for my Cozy Capsule, the Bert Knit Top from Style Arc Patterns.

I have been wanting a rugby style, oversized sweater for awhile. I have a fleece one I stole from Chris that I love and wear on the regular, it’s just not the cutest thing. So when I saw the Bert Top I knew it was exactly what I was wanting.

This pattern is described as “Stylish button front polo collar elevates this comfy easy fit style featuring drop shoulder line, deep armhole and slight balloon sleeve.” It comes in sizes 4-30 which seems pretty standard for Style Arc pattern.s

Style Arc recommends fleece, unbrushed fleece, and Rugby with optional rib trim for fabric choices. I think any stable, thick knit would work well. I used the Banff waffle knit from Surge fabrics in the color All Spice and it’s so good. It’s a perfect mix of stability and drape and is incredibly comfortable to wear.

I made a straight size 8. I’m technically a size 6 in tops for Style Arc, but I sized up one to get that slouchy, oversized look I’m loving. If you want this to look more like the line drawings I think making your true size will give you just that.

This is rated a medium level by Style Arc and the collar and tabs would be the trickiest parts for newer sewists. The instructions are pretty clear, I will say the tab construction could be a little clearer. If you’ve never done a placket or something similar I could see this being very confusing.

As you can see in my photos, I don’t have buttons on my top. That is only because I didn’t have them and the ones I ordered online will be here (they’re with the fabric I’m waiting on!) I think putting on the buttons will help a bit with how floppy the neckline of this looks and just make it look more finished. It’s not supposed to all be open like it is, so those will make this sweater match the line drawings that much more.

One final note about this pattern is the beautiful finish of the collar. They have you bind the seam and it’s a really professional look. You may notice I did not do this, but only because the first time around I used self fabric and it was extremely bulky. If I had something on hand that I could use I would, but instead I’m just leaving it as this fabric doesn’t fray and trimmed down I don’t think it’s noticeable.

If I made this again I would absolutely highlight this detail. A fun contrast would be fun and I think these kind of finishes are what make Style Arc so good. They really take what we sew for ourselves and give us ready to wear finishes to take our clothes to the next level.

I love this sweater and have been wearing it with jeans. It’s cute, a color that I love, and is exactly what I had in mind when I bought this pattern. Highly recommend if you’re looking for this style of top to take you through the end of winter.

Cozy Capsule/// Fenix Sweatshirt by Style Arc

For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!

I have the second piece of my cozy capsule to show you today! I’ve been wearing it pretty regularly because it is so warm and we have had some very cold temps up here in the mountains. I’m actually looking out the window at a winter wonderland as I type.

This top is the Fenix Sweatshirt by Style Arc Patterns. It’s described as a crew neck sweatshirt with side panels with inseam pockets. It has an extended shoulder line and a deep arm hole. There’s a slightly hi-low hemline and slouchy long sleeve. The band, panels, cuff, and hem band can all be made in a rib knit or contrasting fabric.

The Fenix comes in sizes 4-30 which is a finished bust measurement of 30″-67 3/4″. I made a straight size 8 with no adjustments. I sized up from my Style Arc make last week in hopes that it would result in an even more oversized look. I think it worked pretty well!

Style Arc patterns can confuse people when it comes to what size you need to buy as they sell their patterns a little differently than other companies. You can buy individual sizes of patterns (know that you get the size above and below as well, just not all in one file so it is a little harder to grade). For their newer patterns you can usually buy multiple sizes at once, which is what I did with the AO file. I did this for ease of printing just as much as I did to have the multiple size range!

The fabric recommended is Fleece, rugby knit and a knit rib for the trims. I used this lavender gray eco- fleece from Needle Sharp. It’s incredibly cozy and, like I said before, so so warm. Maybe the warmest sweatshirt I own. I had fun playing with both sides of this fabric and used the fleece side for a contrast on the collar, cuffs, hem band, and side panels. I like how that makes the fabric read more purple than just gray and how it adds interest to this simple design.

Style Arc describes this pattern as Medium and the trickiest bits are the pockets and panels. Everything else is the same as any sweatshirt and this came together very quickly. I do love Style Arc drafting. The sleeves are the perfect amount of slouchy and the collar lays so nicely. I think this company does a great job in making outstanding patterns, even if they are simple.

There is an option for topstitching on this pattern that they suggest doing with a twin needle. I think this would add a really nice, ready to wear finish if you made this in one color or wanted to jazz it up a bit. I opted out of the topstitching, just because I thought enough was going on with the contrast detailing.

My only complaint with this pattern is that it’s not quite perfect for me. I can’t decide if it should be longer (it looks longer in than style pictures?) or if it should be a touch shorter and hit at my waist. This fabric is very thick and I do think those pockets could get bulky, so watch out for that. I just didn’t want to sacrifice giving up the warmth of that fleece!

All in all, this is a basic sweatshirt with a twist that will get worn plenty this winter. While I’m not absolutely in love with it, I keep reaching for it again and again so that has to say something about its place in my closet! I would like to try it again and play around with the proportions just a bit.

I hope this review was helpful to you! Let me know if you need any more information in the comments.

Cozy Capsule/// The Verity Knit Top by Style Arc

For pattern reviews it is very helpful to have a person’s measurements! So before we begin, I am 5 foot 9 with a 32 inch bust, 29 inch waist, and 36 inch hips. I am pretty evenly proportioned but do find that my arms are longer than average! Happy to answer any fitting questions in reference to this pattern and my body should you have them- just leave me a comment!

I have the first piece of my cozy capsule to show you today! This was the last thing I made in 2021 and I’ve been wearing it pretty regularly these past couple of weeks, it definitely captures the ‘cozy’ spirit I was after.

This top is the Verity Knit Top by Style Arc Patterns. It is described as jumper style with an extended shoulder line and a square shape. It has a funnel neck with a channel for ribbon, slim line sleeves and a slightly scooped hemline with facing. It features top stitching, which I omitted due to the texture of the fabric I used.

The Verity comes in sizes 4-30 which is a finished bust measurement of 30″-67 3/4″. I made a straight size 6 with no adjustments. The only change I made to the pattern was to eliminate the channel in the neck and instead treat it as a more basic turtleneck. I did this partly because I didn’t have a cord to use that I liked, but also because I leaned into the less sporty appeal of this pattern and chose to have it look more like a traditional sweater.

Style Arc patterns can confuse people when it comes to what size you need to buy as they sell their patterns a little differently than other companies. You can buy individual sizes of patterns (know that you get the size above and below as well, just not all in one file so it is a little harder to grade). For their newer patterns you can usually buy multiple sizes at once, which is what I did with the AO file. I did this for ease of printing just as much as I did to have the multiple size range!

The fabric recommended is double knit, fine rib, sweater knit, rugby, and fleece . I used a sweater knit that I picked up at Joann when I was shopping for Halloween costume materials. It’s no longer available (actually! I saw it in store but cannot find it online), but this one is similar. It’s soft and light weight but still cozy and I love texture it has. Kind of a faux cable look. I also liked that it was a more cream color. I don’t wear a lot of white and I thought this was a nice warm color to have up by my face.

Style Arc describes this pattern as Easy/Medium and I agree. It is a basic sweater pattern, only 4 pieces, and I think the only tricky part would be adding the channel for the neck piece. Style Arc is known for having fairly sparse instructions but honestly I find them straightforward and just fine! There are illustrations for some trickier parts and the drafting is so well done that just going step by step I think a beginner would be able to work through the simpler patterns just fine.

There is a facing for this hem, which I thought was a nice finishing detail. This fabric could have easily been turned under and hemmed, but sometimes with knits and a slight curve, hems can look a little wonky or just look less professional. I think the facing makes sure it lays nicely and elevates the finishes a bit.

The thing I liked most about this design is how it plays with the sporty, athleisure trend and how it is oversized but still well proportioned. You are not swimming in fabric on this one! I like that you could make it look much more sporty or more like a sweater depending on the fabric you use. I always appreciate a pattern that is a classic shape but that you can make again and again and have it look like a different pattern.

I’m really happy with how my Verity turned out because it’s exactly what I wanted- a slightly oversized, cozy sweater! I plan to wear it with leggings around the house and it looks great with jeans and boots. The length makes it a little trickier to pair with my other pants, but I think it would look great with a straight leg ponte pant in the future.

There is a hashtag on Instagram for inspiration and I found two great reviews of the pattern here and here. I didn’t see any big issues with this pattern and didn’t notice any trends in the reviews I read!

I hope you found this review helpful, please let me know if you need any other information about this pattern.

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