This is part 3 of the series about Style Arc, and is the most exciting – opening my Style Arc package with two printed patterns. Part 1 was a Company and Website Review and Part 2 was Buying a Printed Pattern. I also filmed the opening of the package which you can see YouTube.
The Style Arc pattern took 6 business days to deliver to my metropolitan address in South Australia. I ordered it on a Wednesday, received notification it was shipped on the Monday and it was delivered on the following Thursday. Quite a good turn around considering Australia Post take a few days to delivery anything these days unless you pay top dollar. It was in an untracked package so didn’t need a signature, so the A4 package was left safely in my letter box.
I carefully cut open the package so I wouldn’t accidentally damage it’s contents. Within it there was a:
- Thank you Letter
- Style Arc Sew-In Label
- Kendall Knit Top Pattern – Ordered Pattern
- Scarlett Top Pattern – Free pattern of the month
The letter gives thanks for the order, provides advice about pressing the pattern flat, and details on how you can send Style Arc a photo wearing the finished item to publish on their website. There is also mention of PDF patterns available in their Etsy store for immediate download.
I don’t think I’d use the Style Arc label, but it’s a nice touch. The two patterns came in their own clear plastic envelope with an adhesive closure. I think the adhesive section may stick to the pattern itself so I have already put them in their own Project Files that I use for all my patterns, and is explained in my post How to Store Paper Patterns.
Opening the Pattern
The pattern is one large piece of paper that is folded over and over lengthways in concertina fashion and then folded into 3 along it’s width. The pattern is 91.5cm wide and for the Scarlett Top it is 125cm long, and for the Kendall Knit Top it is 177cm long. The paper has a weight of 49GSM which is somewhere between the thickness of a piece of newspaper and printer paper.
When unfolded the top section of the pattern is the pattern pieces and the bottom section has all the pattern information, which includes:
Part 1: Artist drawing of finished pattern, line drawing of pattern, skill indicator and fabric swatch
The drawings are the ones that were shown on the website. The fabric swatch was glued on to the pattern, making it hard to get a good feel of the fabric. A staple instead would have been better so I could feel the fabric between my fingers and give it a stretch. There was no mention anywhere of what the fabric is and if it’s available from Style Arc.
Part 2: Fabric suggestions and requirements, helpful hints, construction details and pattern layout
All fabric requirements and finished sizes were provided in metric and imperial values to suit everyone. The helpful hints suggested checking grainlines when laying out pattern pieces on fabric, marking notches with chalk and the seam allowances used on the pattern. The construction details at first look seem quite basic and are not accompanied by any diagrams. It’s not until I actually make up the garment that I can assess how clear they are.
Part 3: Pattern construction diagrams
These were different for each pattern. The Kendall Knit top explained how the collar was inserted, and the Scarlett Top had colour coded all the seam lines to indicate what sections connect to what.
Looking at the pattern pieces closely there are some different pattern markings to what I’m used to, but are still understandable. All seamlines are marked on each pattern piece with a dashed line. The Kendall Knit Top has a 6mm seam allowance, while the Scarlett Top which is designed for woven fabrics has a 1cm seam allowances except for the neckline with a 6mm seam allowance. Hem allowance was 2cm on both patterns.
Notches on the pattern pieces are more like a line rather than a triangle that other pattern companies use. The pattern name, size, pattern piece, grainlines, cut on fold lines, centre backs, etc are all clearly labelled on each pattern piece. But Style Arc have used their own terminology. For example they use “ST GRAIN.” to indicate grainline and “C/FR” for Centre Front. There are even some construction details on pattern pieces like “Turn under & stitch”.
Overall a well presented pattern that I can’t wait to trace off and make up.
Don’t forget to checkout the YouTube video I made when opening the Style Arc package to get a better look at how the patterns were packaged.
What do you like or dislike about printed Style Arc patterns? I’d love to hear about it.