I have a new perfect-for-fall top pattern to share with you guys today! The Arenal top from Itch to Stitch is a lovely knit top with great details like shoulder accents and a beautiful soft V-neck. This well drafted pattern includes two bodice styles – a swing bodice with a handkerchief hem that includes a really nice hem finishing method, and a fitted bodice with a regular hem. It comes with two sleeve lengths 3/4th length and full length.

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I used a sweater knit (from Jo Ann fabrics) with 100% horizontal stretch and minimal vertical stretch for my first version. And for shoulder accents a rayon jersey knit from my stash. Picking fabrics that are incredibly hard to photograph must be my thing, the sweater knit is a shimmery teal and of course it doesn’t show ūüė¶ and the shoulder accent fabric is a gold and black knit.

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The fit was spot on with no adjustments required for my size. I love how neatly fitted it is in the bodice, especially the arm scye. This is a very well drafted pattern with notches (I am partial to patterns that have notches that help me align everything nicely) and clearly explained tutorial and illustrations.

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The handkerchief hem is definitely my favorite feature, and the instructions and the way the pattern piece is drafted to get a nice mitered corner at the hem are some really neat features of the Arenal top pattern.

For my second version, I tried the fitted bodice with regular hemline, also in 3/4th length sleeves.

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The crimson rib knit that I used for my second version is also from Jo Ann fabrics, it has great stretch and recovery and works really well for this pattern though I do believe I could have easily sized up so its nearly not as fitted. The shoulder accents lace fabric is from hobby lobby.

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I’d never even attempted a V-neck until my recent Union St tee and now after making up this lovely curved V-neck Arenal top, I want to make all the V-neck tees! Wouldn’t they be perfect for fall and winter, a wardrobe full of long sleeved v-neck tees?

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This is my first time testing for Kennis Wong as well as trying an Itch to Stitch pattern, and I am thoroughly impressed by the quality of the pattern as well as the testing process. Suffice to say, I will be exploring more patterns from Itch to Stitch.

If you have been on the fence about getting this pattern, I highly recommend it – for the quality of the pattern, the instructions and for the simple fact that¬†we all need a well fitted v neck top¬†in our closets ūüôā

You can check out more tester versions here. The Arenal top PDF pattern is currently on sale until wednesday Oct 19th for 20% off at $8 (regular price $10).

Happy Sewing!!

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