I'm battling a cold right now, but I wanted to take the time to share 3 tops I made in December; they were all made using the brand new Renfrew pattern from Sewaholic Patterns! I was lucky enough to be selected as a pattern tester for this top and I wanted to end 2011 with a bang by sewing up all 3 versions.
Even though this pattern company caters to pear-shaped women, note that this pattern is very easy to alter for non-pear shapes, like me. As with other Sewaholic patterns, the instructions and diagrams are great. And the pattern pieces were stellar as well, it's so nice when markings match up!
Okay, so let's have a look, shall we?
|This one's too tight|
Anyway, I do love the bands at the hem and sleeves! Makes for such a great finish - nice and easy to put together, too. I used my serger to whip this top together, but it really can just as easily be made on a regular sewing machine.
I wear knit tops all the time and am excited I finally have a pattern that will fill a nice gap in my handmade wardrobe. Now I just need to have a dedicated sewing space, which is almost within reach as I just signed a lease for an apartment. Probably a few weeks out from having it all set up though...
|I think I can take fabric out of the sleeve|
Second is view B: the scoop neck with long sleeves. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SEWING PROJECT EVER! Oops, got stuck on all caps there. But, seriously, I wear this top all the time, making it my most practical make to date. The fabric is so comfortable. For the record, it's a size 6 bust / size 4 waist / size 0 hip.
For whatever reason, I don't like wearing long sleeve tops ever, not even in the cold of winter. I usually just wear a short sleeve top with a cardigan or hoodie over it. The fact that I have this pattern with its long sleeves gives me the chance to not always rely on an additional layer, which is a nice change! Oh sewing, you've made me all adventurous.
|Stop stretching at the shoulders, Ms. Rib Knit!|
I chose a ribbed knit, which ended up stretching a bit during construction. This is a good lesson learned in my book since I haven't worked with knits that much in the past. You can see the stretch effect at the shoulder seam, which is extending way beyond my shoulder even though I used the same size 6 pattern piece as the view B top. The sleeve band is also loose around the arm.
As some other bloggers have noted, stretch percentage wasn't listed on the fabric that I bought at the store so I had to guess. They all seemed to have the same amount of stretch as the t-shirt I had on, but obviously the ribbed knit had other ideas during the sewing process.
That's about it. But, hey, it's bold font time! If you are thinking about buying this top, Tasia is holding a pre-sale for email subscribers that ends tomorrow (Monday). Don't forget to sign up to take advantage of this special offer!