GUYS. I’m seriously so happy with this. It’s the Renfrew Top from Sewaholic Patterns, and it turned out so well that I feel like a champ!
When Tasia asked for testers for her new pattern back in November I jumped at the chance! This was my first time sewing knits, so I was both apprehensive and excited, but I knew that Tasia’s pattern instructions would be clear and thorough.
I had some trouble finding knits that were stable enough– most of the prints that I liked were way too stretchy and flimsy– so I used a double-knit jersey that I found at Mood. It’s kind of a boring color, but I know I’ll wear it all the time. I made view C, with its dressier cowl neck and three-quarter sleeves (my favorite! I’m always pushing back or rolling up long sleeves). Constructing the shirt is easy as can be, and I love the way that the sleeves and hem are finished with bands of self-fabric– no hemming!! I started with the stretch stitch on my Janome, but since it was a sort of triple stitch, it used TONS of thread, and the plain zigzag worked just fine, so I switched to that mid-way through. For some reason I had a ton of trouble attaching the first sleeve– I messed it up so badly that I had to put away the project in frustration for a while. When I came back to it, the second sleeve went on perfectly, and I have no idea what I did differently! I ended up having to cut a new sleeve piece to replace the first one– yeesh! I cut a straight size 4 and it fit really well without any alterations– now I see why people like to use knits! No muslins, no seam finishing, no fuss!
I know I’ll use this pattern in the future– it’s such a nice basic piece, but it’s so flattering and feminine. I highly recommend it! If you’re trying to fill out your wardrobe with more self-stitched items, this is a great place to start. And I have to say, I received the best compliment on this! When I tried it on for the first time, Man Friend said, “Hey, that looks like an actual shirt!” That seems like a pretty high compliment from a non-sewer. 🙂
I do have a bit of bad news for you guys… poor Doug the Pug doesn’t fit into last year’s jacket! It doesn’t meet around his middle at all and has to hang open! Guess the holidays are hard on everybody’s figures!
What are you working on these days? Anybody have any special projects going? Also, be sure and stay tuned for a Sew Grateful Week giveaway!