The “C’mon, Spring” Top
Fabric: 1.5 yards lightweight cotton jersey from Mood, $21
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew, View C
Notions: a little twill tape for the shoulder seams
Time to complete: about 4 hours
First worn: Sunday 4/11
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $22
I impulse bought this fabric about a year ago and have been intimidated by it ever since. Not only are there stripes to match, but my lack of confidence with knits in general and the light weight of this particular knit made it seem way too tricky for me. As it turns out, working with this fabric was not a big deal. I cut out the top in a single layer and managed to match the stripes well in the front and back pieces. I decided I didn’t care about stripe-matching in the rest of the pieces since I wanted to enjoy myself and not lose my mind. I serged the whole thing passably, with only two or three little spots where the serging didn’t catch the fabric. Rather than make a bigger mess with the serger on those spots, I moved to the regular machine and filled the gaps with a zig zag stitch. Now that I think about it, if I disengage the knife I could probably reserge those spots cleanly. I also have trouble ending circular seams– all the hems and the collar on Renfrew– neatly on the serger. This time I tried disengaging the knife at the very end. That kept me from cutting too much off but still left me with little bulges in the shape of those seams. Oh well, each effort I make with the serger is an improvement, for sure.
This is my second time making Renfrew. I shortened this one even more (4 1/2 inches total) to hit higher on my hips and sewed the collar pieces together along the long unnotched edge with RIGHT sides together, not wrong sides as the pattern instructs. I don’t know if that’s an error in the pattern or just a stylistic choice, but I prefer the seam to be inside the cowl. I love the way the cowl drapes in this lightweight fabric. Unfortunately my outfit was a bit too lightweight for our weather this weekend, even with the tights. I took my parka off for about one minute to have these photos taken. Soon, soon. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!