The Arenal Shirt – Pattern Testing

This is my third pattern test for Kennis at Itch to Stitch and I was treated yet again to a fabulous pattern, this one being the Arenal Shirt.

(Here is my review of the Bonn Shirt and my review of the Belize Shorts and Skort).

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.

I used a rayon jersey and the drape of the fabric was really nice for the handkerchief hemline.

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.

I will say that the handkerchief hemline isn’t as noticeable with the sturdier knit but I think it still turned out really cute!

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!

While this post contains affiliate links, the opinions stated above are solely my own. 



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