|Renfrew, looking unspoilt for a brief few minutes before my kids wake up and |
embellish it with their
This week I finally cut into my Renfrew pattern. The size chart would have me cut between a 14 and a 16 if I were going by bust size, but all my selfish sewing the last few months has taught me NOT to do that. I am always happier with the fit through the shoulders if I use my high bust and then adjust the pattern pieces to make room for the girls below the armscye.
So, after reading a million and one blog posts about it, I decided to cut a 10 in the shoulders, widening to a 14 at the bottom of the armscye (to make extra room for the bust), then grading to a 12 at the waist. (My measurements are 39.5-31.5-41.5). My hip measurement coincides with the Sewaholic size 10, however, the finished measurement of the hem is less than the hip measurement for the same size. I believe this is because the pattern is drafted to hit higher than the hip, but I felt like I could use a little extra room. So I kept the size 12 all the way down.
The pattern calls for "stable knits." I wasn't sure what that meant. But I did have 1.5 yards of a French terry I had bought on a whim from fabric.com awhile back, and I thought it would make a cute cowl-necked top. 1.5 yards wasn't quite enough for view C, though, so I dug through the stash and found a striped mystery knit for one of the cowl pieces. Originally I had planned to hide it on the underside of the cowl, but on an impulse I decided to have it be the part of the cowl that shows. The plaid print would have been a little much on the cowl too, I think.
I ended up sewing the sides up with a 3/8" seam allowance instead of the prescribed 5/8" allowance; and I'm glad I did. This French terry has almost no stretch so I needed a little more wiggle room.
Once I got the pattern traced, this sewed up FAST. I was finished in the time it took my girls to watch two episodes of Sofia the First (on Youtube, no commercials in between).
|Pattern matching? Ha. My official excuse is that I was working with limited fabric.|
After some overnight consideration, I have concluded that I like the top. It is comfy to wear and I like the pattern mix. I think it could use just a hair more length. I also think that a wider and lower neckline (and slightly longer/drapier cowl) would be a little more flattering on me. I want to try again, but my next attempt will be with a stretchier knit, so I know I will have to start from scratch on the sizing (and I really don't want to ... maybe I'll just make another Plantain and add a cowl to that!).
I should note that my husband, he of the silver tongue, proclaimed it "cute." Hopefully that means it will get more wear than my last Washi dress, which I put on the other day only to take off and change into something that looked less Amish.