|this photo is dark because of the snow-this is the best I could make|
it, even with Photoshop
Finally Anne, my Jungle January post. I just made it.
I am taking the easy way out and will
steal borrow the template from pattern review. So much easier than trying to be clever and witty when I'm in a rush.
Pattern Description: The Renfrew Top is a fitted knit top with sleeve and neckline variations. View A has long sleeves and a scoop neckline. View B has short sleeves and a deep V neckline. View C has a dramatic cowl neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. I made view C with long sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: 0-16. I used 16 even though I a little larger than the measurements. Fits perfectly.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly. Except for the banded hems which I didn't use.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fit, it works for me right out of the envelope.
Fabric Used: a drapey poly knit, that I found in the bargain section at Fabricland last year.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I don't care for the banded hems, so I leave them off and lengthen the sleeves and body. I believe they were designed this way to make hemming easier. I have a cover stitch machine, so that isn't an issue for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and yes, I will make it again. I will be cutting out another one, or maybe two this afternoon. I can't recommend this pattern highly enough.
Conclusion: IMO a drapey knit is essential for the cowl version of this top to work, and this fabric is nothing if not drapey.
Back to non template writing. I have finally found a knit fabric that my sewing machine doesn't hate. I didn't even use my walking foot (just realized that). The only issue I had with this fabric was the curling, like that's a surprise with a knit, right?
I assembled this with sewing machine, serger, and cover stitch machine. I really enjoyed sewing with all three machines, it feels like such a luxury. I guess because it is. I have to admit I got an amazing deal on my cover stitch, it is the Janome 900CP, I bought it from an acquaintance for $100. I was very very lucky.
Have you made a Renfrew yet?
|Gratuitous cute dog photo. |
Ricky enjoying some rare winter sunshine.