One of the best things about her patterns is that they’re laced with instructions of how to improve your technique. As someone that’s only been sewing for a short amount of time, I find this to be exceedingly helpful. People have asked me how I learned how to sew so quickly and it’s just because I read the expertly explained tutorials like the ones provided in Kennis’s patterns. Sometimes I find the tutorials that Google populates when I frustratingly punch in “HOW DO YOU INSTALL A FREAKING EXPOSED ZIPPER” or “WHAT IN THE HECK ARE HONG KONG SEAMS??” to be helpful…..but I don’t do these types of searches when I sew with Kennis’s patterns.
I’m going to reel myself back in now and discuss the topic at hand: pattern testing the Arenal Top. What drew me this pattern the most was the gorgeous handkerchief hemline and the shoulder accents (I’m such a sucker for this feature). Also, you can’t have enough go-to knit patterns, especially rolling into the fall season.
The pattern features two different hemline options: the aforementioned handkerchief and a more fitted, straight hemline. There are also two different sleeve length options of 3/4 length and full length.
I think that this top is really cute for the fall. Admittedly, I don’t typically wear v-necks; however, this v-neck is soft enough and is really flattering. I was nervous about sewing my first v-neckband but Kennis’s instructions were crystal clear and I was able to get an excellent result that I was really happy with.
The shirt came together really quickly and easily. The most time consuming part was pattern matching all of my stripes. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you how many pins I used to get those to match up.
I love learning new finishing techniques and my favorite finishing feature (look at that alliteration) about this shirt is the mitered corners on the hemline. I think that this finishing technique really adds a professional finish to the shirt.
The striped version was my muslin version and I really love the way it turned out. For some reason I didn’t add the usual 2″ that I add to all my garments and it came out a little short on me (not surprising). The length was good for all of the other testers that don’t have Amazon woman torso lengths.
There are two lengthen/shorten lines in the pattern and so for my second version I added 2″ to the main bodice portion and 1″ to the hemline for account for my long torso and I love tunic length garments. The length is perfect. I used a French Terry for this version and I sized up to a size 8 for a little slouchier look. It’s just right! The shoulder accent is just the wrong side of the French Terry.
Like all of her patterns, I would recommend this one very highly. I think it’s very stylish and versatile! The pattern is on sale for 20% using code “lakearenal” at checkout! You can get the Arenal Shirt Pattern here!
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