Surprise, I actually finished something! I was hoping to get better photos of my Renfrew top, but these will have to do. I've already worn it twice since completion last Saturday. I really need to make half a dozen variations; I love it.
The first time I wore it out, mere hours after the last stitch was stitched, was to go swing dancing in Tours last Saturday:
Here I am in my kitchen before leaving. As you can see, I'm very excited to be going out!
And the second time I wore it was yesterday, to a day-trip to Paris. I wore it with a sweater because it was cold and windy! But I took off the sweater for the purposes of the photo. And I had a terrible look on my face because of the cold and the wind, so I cropped out my face. :P
I think perhaps I could've gone down a size because there's some wrinkling along the bust and in back. Plus there quite a bit of fabric pooling at the lower back. But I was worried about it being too small. I don't like things super clingy and the fabric is very drapey.
Am I correctly interpreting the wrinkles? Does that mean there's too much fabric there?? But the fit in the shoulders is spot-on. Can one do an SBA in jersey and is it worth the effort?
The fabric is a bamboo stretch jersey from Ray-Stitch and it was challenging to cut out. The fabric did not want to settle down straight when I laid it out for cutting.
But the sewing part went pretty smoothly. I did have to re-do the cowl because I didn't check for errata beforehand and so I followed the instructions to the letter even though I thought it seemed odd. I figured there was going to be some cool trick at the end, but no, the instructions were just the opposite of what they were supposed to be for that step.
I sewed it entirely on my mediocre Singer sewing machine. I finished the seams w/ a zig-zag stitch. Seems okay so far. My machine struggled occasionally, but no more so than with any other project.
I bought other jersey fabric from Ray-Stitch at the same time as this blue fabric, but it's a thicker, stabler jersey.
I think it doesn't want to be a Renfrew though. I think it wants to be a dress. Of course I didn't buy enough yardage for a dress, so I'm waiting for the coffers to be replenished in March before I buy the rest of the needed fabric.
I think I'm a knit-convert. No ironing: yay!!