After getting 22 pounds of fabric on Thursday, I decided that I had to get some things made this week-end! I started with Sewaholic’s Renfrew pattern, which arrived earlier this week. I love cowl collars, which is why I picked up this pattern. It is also a very well-reviewed pattern for knits and I am learning how to deal with knits, which can be a challenge.
I bought four metres of black rayon jersey for mocking up knit garments. This jersey is not fun to work with, but it shows the properties of the garment to be made. It has excellent drape, which also makes it really hang around heavily while sewing! It does not go through the machine easily and the topstitching I did on the fitting garment was horrible!
I also like that there are cuffs on the sleeves, which is where I ran into topstitching issues on the mock up. Sorry, I will not be showing close ups of that!
I used my Grape/Magenta/Grey Sparkly Abstract Block Print ITY Knit to make the garment. That is the name that Fabric Mart gave to this fabric. I suppose it is rather appropriate.
This was a much easier fabric to work with than the jersey. It took stitches really well and was not so shifty. The top looks better on a form than on the table.
Not only are there cuffs and a fabulous cowl collar, there is also a waistband along the bottom.
Given the fit, I could probably get away with an 8 next time. My usual size in Sewaholic is 10, but knits are forgiving and this pattern skims the body. I like it!
I can see many more Renfrews in my future! There are two other views to this pattern, with different neck lines. There are also sleeve options to make a variety of tops in fun knit prints.