After consulting the finished measurements, I decided to make a straight size 16, knowing full well that the shoulders would be a bit big. It was late and I did not feel like futzing with flat pattern adjustments. I think it actually turned out pretty well - the oversized look of the slightly wide shoulders is casual and sweat-shirt-y. It is very cozy for a cold fall day.
The fabric is a nice thick houndstooth-print jersey at the thrift store a few months back. I am not sure what the content is - it has great recovery, so there is definitely a good amount of lycra in there. I think it is probably a cotton/poly blend. The cowl is Laguna jersey.
We took a bunch of outside photos, but the top one is the only one that did not make me look ridiculously top-heavy. I have to figure out where to stand in relation to my husband (or daughter) to get the best angle. The mirror shots are much better.
After that Renfrew, I decided to make a scoop neck. This time I used a 12 shoulder, widening to a 16 at the bottom of the armscye. I ended up taking in quite a bit at the seams from the waist all the way up through the arms. I used a cotton/lycra knit with good (or so I thought) recovery, but it still fit much wider than the cowl version.
I also noticed while sewing this one, that there was definitely a problem with excess fabric at the sides of my chest. I did not notice it as much with the cowl version, but it's really noticeable in the top photo in this blog post. After some Googling, I found that I was not the only one with this problem. The armscye is too high. I'd like to scoop it out, but then I will have to alter the sleeve too. Instead I think I will just try a Plantain for my next knit top.
After making the top, it occurred to me that perhaps the print was a bit too loud (I had actually bought it with a summer skirt in mind), but I wore it last Sunday and got a bunch of compliments! I was really surprised. It's funny how a compliment can make you think about an item of clothing differently.
My six-year-old took the outside photos. I didn't realize she had me lined up right in front of the very attractive composter. After she was done, she requested that I photograph her.