Friday, February 22, 2013

Renfrew Top

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!!

12 comments:

  1. Your Renfrew looks great! The green and white fabric will be nice for spring. Knits are seriously my favorite garments to sew and wear!

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  2. Great top! I'm not very good at sewing knits, but I admit they usually are fun and easy proyects.

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  3. The Renfrew looks marvelous! I wear my versions all the time :) I'm excited to see the green and white made into a dress - I think that will look fabulous!

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  4. Looks great - I like the color too

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  5. I love your Renfrew top. Love the green and white fabric too.

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  6. Your Renfrew looks fab, I like the cowl neck. Swing dancing sounds so great too. I have made two renfrews and agree it is great - I still haven't tried it with a cowl neck yet. xx

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  7. It looks wonderful! There's nothing like a great fitting Tshirt pattern :)

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  8. Looks really cool! Here in Delhi (since I obviously did not take my sewing machine) I bought some fabric and gave it to the local taylor to stitch a kurta. He charged a little less than 2 euros, let's see in a few weeks if he makes a good job...

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    1. Cool - post a photo on FB please! :)

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  9. Thanks everybody for the compliments!

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  10. This is adorable! I love it! Super wearable!

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  11. The fit looks perfect on you! Congrats on such a successful make xx

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