MEET OUR NEWEST PATTERNS – THE ARIA TOP AND MINI ARIA TOP!
The Aria and Mini Aria and a limited-time Aria Bundle are here! Like most patterns, I have been working on this one for a while. You can even see some early Aria samples in our Isle Jeans listing images. I wanted a top that would look good with some of our high-waisted bottoms, specifically the Isle Jeans and the Evelyn Skirt. The bubble shape of the Aria pairs perfectly with the slim silhouettes of these patterns. I also really wanted a simple, fun sew after the more time-intensive sewing projects I have been working on, like the Isle Jeans and Shay Dress. So if you are ready for a quick, fun top for you and your mini, we have you covered with our latest release, the Aria & Mini Aria Top.
The Aria is a bubble-shaped woven top with elbow-length sleeves and elastic hem casings. View A includes a high back with a bias or facing neckline option. View B includes a low back with ties and a square back facing. Both views have a narrow or cropped ruffle hem option for the sleeves and bodice.
View A, High Back w/Bias
Fabric || Rayon Crepe
View B, Low Back w/Facings
Fabric || Rayon Challis from Stone Mountain
View A, High Back w/Facings
Fabric || Viscose Satin
View B, Low Back w/Facings
Fabric || Soft Washed Linen in Brick
View A, High Back w/Bias
Fabric || Devore Silk Satin in Black Floral
MINI ARIA TOP
The Mini Aria includes the same bubble shape and hem details as the adult version. View A has a high back with bias or facing neckline and a button closure. View B has a low back with ties and a square back facing. The Mini Aria is available in sizes 12 months – 12 years.
The high back view includes a bias or facing neckline option. Whether you have a preference for a bias neckline versus a facing neckline or one method will work better based on your fabric choice, the pattern includes both options for the high back view.
The hems on the bodice and sleeves can be finished with either a narrow elastic-cased hem or a cropped ruffle. The pattern is the same for both hems, so the sleeve and bodice hem are 1″ shorter when you choose the ruffle option.
The low back with ties and square back facing of View B elevates the simple shape of the pattern. Your bra should be covered, but it’s also an easy adjustment to raise or lower the back shape.
The pattern is listed as ADVANCED BEGINNER sewing level. There are detailed, step-by-step illustrated instructions to guide you along the way, and if you’d like more help, the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group is a great place to get support. Many of our testers are members there, so you have great resources if you ever need them.
We will also have a photo sew along soon. Whether this is your first pattern or you’re a seasoned professional, we want to provide you with all the resources you need.
Aria Size Chart: 0 – 30 with A/B and C/D Bust Cup Options
Use the high bust and full bust measurements to determine your size. If you fall between sizes, you can size down due to the ease included. It is always recommended to sew a test garment to confirm fit.
Aria includes two bust cup options, and the cup size is determined by calculating the difference between the high bust and full bust.
If the difference between your high bust and full bust is between 0″ and 2″ (5 cm) use the A/B cup. If the difference is between 2″ (5 cm) and 4″ (10 cm), use the C/D cup. If you have more than a 4″ (10 cm) difference, you may need a full bust adjustment.
Finished Garment Measurements
The exact bust ease is hard to calculate as the dropped sleeve includes the bust area. We are including the finished measurement at the ribs for reference. Overall, this style is easy to fit. The waist finishes at the natural waistline, and the sleeve length finishes just above the elbow. Both the waist and sleeves can be adjusted by the elastic hem finish. There is 14″ (35.5 cm) of ease through the waist before adding elastic.
To find the finished length of the sleeve, measure from the high neck point to the elbow. The sleeve is meant to blouse at the elbow. To find the finished length of the bodice, measure from the center back neck to the center back hem. The finished length of the top ends at the waist and is meant to blouse. The ruffle hem option will be 1″ shorter. The low back view should cover your bra strap. Review the finished garment measurements to determine if you would like to adjust the length.
All our patterns include basic custom fitting adjustments, but we also have an in-depth fitting post with more details on adjusting the Aria pattern here. If you need additional help or have questions, please feel free to email me or join the Chalk and Notch Patterns Facebook Group – I’m always happy to hear from you!
FABRIC & NOTIONS
This style is designed for a light to medium weight woven. A lighter weight fabric will fall closer to the body, and a medium weight fabric will maintain more of a bubble structure. A minimum fabric width of 54″ (137 cm) is required for sizes 26-30.
Recommended Main Fabrics
Suggested fabrics are challis, chambray, double gauze, lawn, linen, and voile. We have a fabric post with more fabric resources and links here.
Aria Fabric Chart
Mini Aria Fabric Chart
- 1/4 yd (1/4 m) Tricot Fusible Interfacing
- 1/4″ Elastic, see fabric charts above for cut lengths
- Tailor’s Chalk or Washable Fabric Marker
Our testers were a fantastic help when finalizing the Aria Top pattern, and we feel so grateful for all of their input. While styled photos are never a required part of testing, we’re always happy to share any that are submitted. Seeing a pattern on a variety of people and in different fabrics can be a valuable tool. Check out the tester post here.
Thanks for learning more about the Aria and Mini Aria patterns!