adult's clothing · sewing

not everything works

Sometimes you can make something with a tried and true pattern and it still doesn’t work.  For example, a recent Renfrew.

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At first glance you notice those fantastic stripes and the texture.  Then you realise that it is big.  Way too big for a semi-fitted top.  And what you don’t know is that it is also itchy and feels awful next to the skin.

This sweater knit was on the Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 per metre table, and I bought it just to play with.  Due to the sweater knit texture, it was very hard to cut out accurately, despite using a pattern that I have used many times before.  Hence it being too big. But the main problem is that I can’t wear it as a next-to-skin layer.  The fabric would work in a coat or another overlayer, but not in a Renfrew for me.  Off to the oppy with this one….


10 thoughts on “not everything works

  1. The fabric would make a nice shortish pencil type skirt. You could underline it then to hold its shape. The colours really look good on you.

  2. I like it on you – why don’t you cut off the sleeves, bind the armholes, and wear it over a long-sleeved top? Nice for days when you want your arms free, but it’s just a little too chilly.

  3. I find I get the best fit in Sewaholic, particularly for the tops and dresses, when I go down a size from my recommended measurements. My favorite Renfrew that is also my recommended size is out of a sweatshirt weight French terry that has hardly any stretch. I made the cowl version and while the cowl is bulky it is very warm for the winter! The scoop neck version I made out of a cotton/Lycra interlock ended up looking just like your striped top. I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it so I donated it.

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