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Is it possible to have comfort and style at the same time? With the Arenal Top, the answer is a resounding yes! Featuring a curved V neck and front yoke, the Arenal Top is a knit top fitted on the shoulders and arms with two bodices and hem options. You can venture into the swing bodice with a subtle handkerchief hem, or stay with the fitted bodice and the regular hem. Better yet, why not make one of each? The Arenal Top also comes in long and 3/4-length sleeves!
Arenal Top Features:
Skill Level: Beginner+
Sizes: 00 – 20 (See “Size Chart” tab below for detailed measurements)
Don’t want to print and tape paper together? The Arenal Top pattern now includes an additional large format file (size A0 paper) that you can send to your print shop to print!
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00 to 20
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A0, A4 / US Letter
Primary Fabric Use light to medium-weight knit fabric with at least 100% horizontal stretch and 30% vertical stretch. Jersey, viscose knit and stretch velvet with some drape and recovery are good choices. If using a fabric with more or less stretch, you may need to choose a smaller or larger size respectively. If using an extremely drapey knit, such as rayon or bamboo knit, you may need to go down a size and possibly stabilize the neckline with knit fusible interfacing. Avoid very structured knits. Do not use woven fabric.
Contrast Fabric Use light to medium-weight knit fabric with similar stretch as the primary fabric. Alternatively, you may also use the primary fabric as contrast.
Most natural fibers shrink in the wash; be sure to have enough fabric. The requirements below assume that the fabric is already pre-shrunk.
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I love this sewing pattern, it’s simple and elegant at the same time, I finished my first one today and came here to leave a review because I was impressed on how well it fitted me. I didn’t make a muslin, didn’t have to make any adjustments to the pattern either, considering that I am petite (1.55cm tall). I usually have to adjust armholes and neck depth (make them shorter). But not this time. I made a size 4. My fabric was 100% horizontal and 40% vertical stretch, very drappy.
A lovely pattern and one I’m make again and again with variations! As some have noted, it has a particularly satisfying V-neck. You’d think one V-neck would be like any other V-neck, but not so. This one has a flattering gentle curve and the top is fitted into the neck band with just the perfect amount of ease. I love V-necks and have accumulated many patterns with V-necks. Inevitably, I’ve had to alter and modify each and every one of these to get the results I like. This one is is my long-sought ideal!
Sizing is excellent, as always with Itch-to-stitch patterns. However, the patterns warns you that it is designed for a snug fit. Look at the finished measurements before you choose a size, and go up if you want a looser fit or if the stretch is less than optimal. I did make a muslin (in a stretch, of course) of the torso just to check on sizing and found that even with the finished measurements in mind I was sizing too small for my tastes.
Verry nice pattern, love the v-neckline 🙂
Lovely design and the print out sheets were so easy to put together.
Cute, simple, easy sew.
I made the high-low handkerchief version of this top and I’ve been wearing it ever since! It’s so comfortable, perfect to wear with jeans. Made mine from ponte (or similar to ponte fabric) and used french terry for the sleeves. I’ll be definitely making more of these! Thank you!
I made mine today! Used ponte and French terry and made the swing bodice with subtle handkerchief high-low hem version. I really like the fit, it looks great on me. Great instructions and I love, love, love the corners on the hem! Thank you!
Classic and well drafted pattern
I have made two of these tops. I lengthened the bodice pieces by 2.5 cm. Very clear instructions and I love the fit – fitted on the top but looser on the bottom part. A fantastic cut.
This is my third pattern from Itch To Stitch and all of them are great patterns. True to size with excellent instructions and a good fit. I was a bit concerned about the V neck but it was straight forward I am really happy with the final result.
Love the neckline
Stephanie Allen –
This is a fabulous knit top pattern! I’ve made three of them with plans to make more. It’s my new TNT knit top pattern! I am petite. Sometimes it’s difficult to find tops that fit my body, but no problems here. I love the way this top fits me. I’ve made my tops out of bamboo, modal and even cotton/lycra – just follow the instructions on sizing up or down if you’re going to use a fabric with more or less stretch.