Wednesday, November 16, 2011

StyleArc - Debra Zebra tops

Like my new hat? Everything is more jaunty with a hat. :)
More Debra Zebra pics here.

More Style Arc goodness!

Many folks have made the funnel-necked tee from the Sept 2010 issue of Burda, most recently, Margy. This Style Arc funnel-neck tee is very similar and, bonus, and I didn't have to trace it! I've had this pattern for awhile and now that winter is coming, I'm ready for a funnel-necked top or three.

I made two tops in a few hours. With only 3 pattern pieces and 6 seams (total), you can whip these up very quickly.


  • Top #1: Black Annabelle knit (94% viscose, 6% spandex) from Vogue Fabrics.
  • Top #2: Red/Pink Wool Jersey (97% wool, 3% lycra) from Fashion Fabrics Club.

Alterations and Modifications:

  • I started with a size 18, which is usual. This has a fairly relaxed fit.
  • Removed the hip curvature from the side seams.
  • 2" FBA. I eased the fullness from the dart into the side seam. I didn't sew it as a dart or gather it. I steamed out the fullness that was created by the easing.
  • Removed 1" from the shoulder.
  • The upper arm seemed narrow so I widened it by 1". To be honest, I don't think this was necessary.
  • This makes a long top. I shortened it by 2-1/2".
  • I did hem the sleeves and the top, but I did not hem the neckline.


This is a great basic!!! I will be making more of these. Super quick, well fitting, and a great wardrobe staple.

More Pictures

This pic has been lightened.

Fashion Fabrics Club called this color red/pink but I would call it coral.

You can see my FBA. I always fit the side seams on my body - it always benefits from further tweaking.

Alteration to widen the sleeve.