On to the sewing...
One of the many things I like about sewing Style Arc patterns is the “buy one, get one free” pattern buying policy they have. Sure, the “free” pattern offered isn’t always to my taste, even when Style Arc offers a choice. I’ve been known to hold off on a pattern purchase to see whether the patterns offered in the following month suit me better. Anyway, I do have Style Arc patterns that I’ll probably never make up, but by the same token, patterns come in the front door that I probably would never have considered, but should have.
The Rae tunic, which was the free pattern for November is an example.
I purchased Adeline, and chose Rae, as my free pattern with no real intention of making it. By the time I received it though I’d been invited to a barbecue with a black-and-white theme, and the Rae struck me as perfect barbecue attire, and easy enough to sew up quickly.
Here's the Style Arc blurb:
The curved hemline and the, so popular, split sleeve give this great tunic top an easy, casual look. Simple to make with an all in one sleeve and body, this tunic will become your go to top to wear for all occasions
I really had to make something, too, as I have very little black or white, and no black-and-white in my wardrobe. I just don’t think I look that good in either. I have one pair of black bengaline pants, and a pair of RTW white linen pants, seen in the photos. I also have a long sleeve and sleeveless Granville, both in off white, which wouldn’t really work for a backyard barbie. Apart from that, nothing.
I purchased this dandelion print rayon at Spotlight. Love the print. Yes, I know, I moan about Spotlight frequently, but I have no other fabric store choice locally! I always live in hope that this time it will be ok, and sometimes it is. Fingers crossed with this one.
The Rae is a really easy sew. The cold shoulder thing is simply a split seam, so if cold shoulders aren’t your thing, you just have to sew the seam closed.
I made absolutely no changes to this pattern which is not that usual for me, and it fits ok.
This is the fourth split curved hem I’ve sewn this year, which you don't really see in these photos - sorry. Luckily I like them a lot.
I wore the Rae with the white linen pants, and it was perfect for the barbie on a bit of stinking hot day (and how many of them have we had so far this year? This morning it was 31C at 6am for crying out loud! I’m a bit over summer). And for once, I am wearing a trend when it's trendy, and not 2 years later which is my usual style.