First off, anyone else hard on their summer clothes? I am terrible, spill things on them, get home from work and start pulling weeds in the garden. Oh, guess what something on my shirt and it won't come out. Plus I just wear certain things so much, they just get "tired" looking. Which I can relate, some days I just get tired looking!
I like to freshen up my summer tops in July, give myself some new looks for the rest of the season and retire some of the older garments. They can become permanent garden/work at home tops.
I have several knit fabrics to sew up and the first one I went with Sewaholic's Renfrew Top. I really like this pattern and have it just about to the perfect fit. I do see a wrinkle just above the bust, which I think means I need to do a bit of a full bust adjustment. Fitting gurus out there is that what it means?
This is a quick sew and on the neckband, I used the bias for the stripe. Just adds a bit of visual interest to the top.
The fabric is a deep aqua blue heather gray jersey/rayon knit from Girl Charlee
I went back and looked at the other Renfrew tops I have made and thought I would give an overview with links.
A red 3/4 sleeve Renfrew - I love this top and wear it quite a bit. It feels perfect and the fabric is wonderful. Plus as you all have been telling me in the comments - red is my color! Ha ha!
Navy-white stripe short sleeve Renfrew - My all time favorite Renfrew, it fits perfectly and I think the feel and style of the fabric makes it my favorite.
Navy-red Stripe short sleeve Renfrew - the first Renfrew in this blogpost. I like this one okay, but the fabric has a metallic stripe and I don't really like that. I really don't wear this one very often.
Pink stripe short sleeve Renfrew - The second one in this blog post. I wear this quite a bit, don't love the fabric, it is a bit heavy but I do like the color and fit.
White short sleeve Renfrew - I like this one but I see the wrinkle in this one, should of dealt with the fitting issue earlier. As I mentioned earlier about being hard on clothes, I stained the white shirt and it would not come out. My solution, I used some RIT dye and made this one a dark plum color. It works nicely for fall with the color and I saved a garment.
Abstract 3/4 sleeve Renfrew - This one is a winner, I wear it so much in the fall/winter and it is always is perfect. Love the fabric so much.
Floral 3/4 sleeve Renfrew - I didn't keep this one around long. It was donated. I liked nothing about this one, the fit, the wide neckline the colorful overpowering fabric. It just wasn't me at all. I kept trying to wear it but I never seemed to leave the house. I believe on the neckline, I just cut the neckband too long and it didn't draw the neckline into the body.
So there is the recap of Renfrews hits and misses. As I compiled the list, it really was all about the fabric if I liked the garment or not. What about you on pattern you tend to make several times....
- Do you like everyone of the garments?
- Is it the fabric that is the culprit?
- Or is some bit construction erro?