With my new Ginger Jeans in constant rotation I’ve been in desperate need of more tops, so I dug into my stash and found the StyleArc Demi Drape Top that I bought a while ago. I’ve had mixed results so far with StyleArc – one “ok”, one fail – but I’m pleased to report we finally have a definite win!
The demi drape top has a deep cowl with a built-in camisole, which is a great shape for someone top-heavy like me. I often wear camisoles under tops and dresses anyway, but this is better as the camisole is always in exactly the right place with no adjustments needed during the day.
As usual, the instructions are bare, but this is a very straightforward top to make so you shouldn’t run into problems. I used masses of Wonder Tape for the two necklines, cuffs and hems, simply turning them with the tape and then coverstitching. I also put the sleeves in flat which is my preferred method for knits (and wovens too, if there isn’t too much ease). The whole thing took about an hour.
I used a jersey I’ve been hoarding from EmmaOneSock (long since sold out) – I love the playful but not childish birds. The camisole layer in the front is black merino from NZ.
The usual challenge of cowls is to keep them from flipping the wrong way out, or not hanging properly. That was clearly going to happen on this top, so I attached a piece of elastic to the bottom point of the cowl, then attached the other end to the hem. It works perfectly!
There’s not much more to say: it’s a simple top that’s super quick and easy to make, and a little more interesting than a standard t-shirt. There will be more of these in my future!