The “Neon Pumpkin” Renfrew
Fabric: 2 yards neon orange French terry from fabric.com
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Notions: stay tape for the shoulder seams
First worn: 10/27
Wear again: around the house
Time to complete: about 4 hours
Total cost: about $15
I ordered this French terry back in spring for the Pantone challenge. Remember Tangerine Tango? My choice turned out to be a blinding neon shade of orange, and I quickly packed it away into the closet where the stash lives. Fast forward to October, my mom already took care of Fenna’s cat costume (store bought). I tell myself that’s a load off– did I really want to work with fake fur, not to mention her specific and ever changing demands? I just didn’t have the energy or enthusiasm for a costume for myself. Now is the neon fabric’s chance. Seriously, if not now, pretty much never.
After over an hour messing with serger tension after changing the thread color, I gave up. To finish the seams, I top-stitched all the seam allowances down with my regular machine. It took a long time but looks good. You’ll have to take my word for it, since we forgot to capture the evidence digitally. I even got compliments, though that might have been people looking for something nice to say when they found out I made the top– oh that stitching looks great!
I’ve made the Renfrew a handful of times now; it doesn’t disappoint. Next time I’d like to branch out to long sleeves and maybe even a different neckline. Despite the crazy color, I know I’ll wear this often in the coming months, not in public mind you, but for work at home, of which there is plenty.