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.

My Fall Module/// Toaster Sweater

I’m sharing my second top that I made for my fall module today, if you want to see all my other pieces, click here!

I rarely make patterns over and over again. I’m not sure why? There are just so many great designs out there and I love variety in my closet, it’s just not something I do. So when I tell you that this is the fourth time I’ve sewn up this pattern, I hope you understand that means I truly love it!

This is the Toaster Sweater #1 by Sew House Seven . It is a classic sweater and I love both versions. I’ve made them both and hacked version #2 into a sweater dress that I wear all the time. It is an easy make, easy to fit, and it’s one of those basic tops that you will pull out again and again in the colder months.

I made this in a size medium out of this gorgeous Ultra Plush Stripe Texture Sweater knit in Hunter. This fabric is incredible! It is cozy and soft but still has a little drape to it. I think it would make an amazing cardigan or sweater dress!

I love this rich green color and I had fun playing with the ribbing texture, making it go in different directions on the bands and neck. I think in the past I’ve sewn the small, but I went for the medium here because I’m gravitating towards the slouchy, oversized look. I like that this doesn’t drown me but still gives me that same feeling.

This sweater is going to be one I wear year after year. I love how it looks with the other things I’ve made in this module and how well it works with clothes I already own!

My Fall Module/// McCall’s 8145

Today I have my first top from my fall module to share with you! You can find my topper and 2 bottoms here if you would like to see the whole collection.

I haven’t been purchasing many big four patterns this summer as I’ve been trying to support and promote indie companies that are outspoken allies. However I really liked a lot of things in the McCalls and Vogue fall release so when they went on sale I made a couple of purchases.

This top, M8145 , looked like a fun one to add to my stash. It’s a knit faux wrap top with a thick band around the waist and very dramatic sleeves. I am in need of more separates and liked the idea of view B in a sweater knit for the fall. I like that it’s comfortable and easy to wear but is still a little extra.

I sewed up the size 12 in this Plush sweater knit in solid paprika from Stylemaker Fabrics. I admit I’m not one hundred percent impressed with this fabric. It has a synthetic feel to it and after working with all the other fabrics in this module, I can really tell a difference. I do love the color however, I will just make note that this specific fabric isn’t for me in the future.

This was a really simple sew, I filmed my process here!, and I like the end result. I’m going to make note that if I sew it again I would like to lengthen the bodice a bit and maybe take in the band some too. I find that it does ride up and as it’s already right at my natural waist, it can show more skin than I want if I’m not careful.

I do love where the wrap hits though. Sometimes wrap tops can be really low cut or feel like they are gaping open. This one stays closed and I like how high up it is. I feel covered up (and warm!) but it’s still cute.

And these sleeves! I love these sleeves so much. The cuff is nice and thick so everything is secure and out of your way but you still get all the draaaahhhmmmaa of the sleeves. There is a version with the sleeves uncuffed but I don’t understand how that would be even remotely practical as this is a lot of fabric! Just something to note if you’re thinking of making this up.

This top is a little out of my style comfort zone, but I think making it in such a rich solid fabric means it will get a lot of wear. I loved making this top from start to finish and am really pleased with how it turned out!

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