You can hear the geese “talking” in the video. They were expressing their delight after my dad gave them some corn stalks to chew on…
The Style Arc Poppy is a zip-front top with a slightly raised neckline, front and back vertical princess seams, and a back pleated peplum. There’s darts at the back neck and a yoke at the front for shaping. The hemline curves up at the side seam. You can make it with or without sleeves. This top was the free pattern for August 2014.
When I first saw the Poppy I was a little hesitant due to the high collar shown in the line drawing. When I saw the sample Style Arc made up on a real person I changed my mind:
I loved how they used a prominent zipper and didn’t zip it all the way to the top.
I decided that my Poppy would be less like a top and more like an unlined jacket. So for that reason I added the sleeves. Style-wise I preferred it with a dress rather than pants (I’m wearing it with my gray tropical wool Style Arc Heather dress in the photo). I also preferred the look of the front pressed back to form lapels rather than zipped all the way to the top or even half-zipped like sample shown by Style Arc.
The fabric I used a was a cotton/nylon/lycra suiting from Mood. The product description is correct that it is lightweight with a crisp drape, but there’s definitely not just a “hint of sheen.” I originally bought it for pants but when it arrived it became obvious that between the shine and the tendency to hold creases that it would be a poor fabric choice. I think it worked well for the Poppy though, since the ideal fabrics for this top are lighter-weight, crisp, and will hold a crease.
The zipper is a #5 aluminum zipper from Cleaner’s Supply. I used Pro-Sheer Elegance from Fashion Sewing Supply as my interfacing.
Fitting adjustments were:
- Lengthened 1.25″ just below the bust
- Added 1.5″ to the hipline
- Took in the side back princess seams a total of 1.5″
- Added a total of 3/4″ to the front side seams at the waist. I also added 1/8″ width to the side front princess seam curve at the waist.
- 3/8″ forward shoulder adjustment
- Added 1.25″ width to the upper back. I normally add 3/4″ but since the sleeves felt a little tight when reaching forward I decided to add more for comfort, even though technically there’s probably a little bit too much extra there.
- Added 3/4″ width to the sleeves
- Lengthened the sleeves 1/2″
- Took in the front princess seams below the bust and very slightly above. You can see where I’ve drawn the new seamline:
I think the collar is a little on the wide side, but since I’m not wearing this zipped all the way up I decided to not adjust for it.
One thing to note about the construction of this top: the seam lines of the side back/center back and side back/center back facing do NOT line up. This was done intentionally by Style Arc in order to minimize bulk at the pleat. My suggestion is that you make sure you very carefully mark the notches at the hemline and on the facing to ensure that everything lines up the way it should.
My mother said my Poppy is “biker babe in the front, cute in the back.” I think that’s a pretty accurate description!