The “Endless Summer” Top
Fabric: Linen knit from FineFabrics.com
Pattern: Sewaholic Patterns 1201 Renfrow Top
Notions: Twill tape
Time to complete: A few hours
First worn: December, 2011
Wear again? Yes, yes, yes. Especially this summer.
Total price: $40
Last week I showed you view C of the Renfrow top. This week I have view B made in a linen knit. Yes, you read right, linen and lycra combined. It’s pricey, but it works. It works well. In fact, I’d say I’ve made the perfect summer T-shirt. A flattering shirt to slip on for a warm, sunny day outdoors.
View B of the Renfrow pattern takes hardly any fabric at all. Really, just the length of the top. The well-designed bands at the hem and sleeves create a nice finish that I love, especially since they mean I can neatly sew knits with my basic sewing machine.
I’ll admit that getting the V-neck right was a bit of a challenge. Not because of Tasia’s instructions, mind you. They were gold. (If you want to get a sneak peak at the technique, check out her post on sewing the V in her Crescent skirt.) But, I pinned things a bit off, which made the neck binding a bit bubbly on one side. I knew it would drive me crazy, so I unpicked the entire thing. And, in the process I put a hole just under the V point. I couldn’t believe that my extra effort had actually made things worse! Instead of panicking, I just made the V a tad bit deeper and then resewed the neck binding, pinning more carefully this time. Even with the detour, the shirt came together in no time.
It’s winter here in San Francisco, but we had a beautiful weekend, so I didn’t mind too much pretending like it was summer. I paired this perfect summer top with a casual denim skirt and headed to a local cactus garden, hoping that the combination would show my admiration of the “Down Under” theme. I feel a bit like a dutiful seamstress, sewing for the season ahead and all.
Another successful week here at the Sew Weekly. I hope everyone is enjoying the challenge!