Can you really be a sewing blogger without churning out a few Renfrews? I think not. So I made one. View B:
I felt like a bit of a dweeb taking photos inside with my sunglasses still on. I had actually just come in from outside where I needed them and had forgotten I was wearing them. And as soon as I realised I of course had to ham it up for photos. Hence, the dweeb face and weird model hands. BUT ANYWAY BACK TO THE PATTERN. I have actually made this before, in a solid, blending between sizes as I am not a pear shape. That version is a little odd. I still wear it, but it’s ridiculously loose around the shoulders and bust, heaps of fabric pools around my waist, and then it fits perfectly at the hips. Weird. I cut this one in a straight size two which is not my size at ALL according to the size chart (except for my hips), however, the size two pattern piece pretty much perfectly matched a well fitting tshirt from my drawer, so I rolled with it. And then I remembered about seam allowances *facepalm*. So the whole thing is sewn in teeny tiny seam allowances with lots of prayers that it would work…and it did! Phew!
I skipped the hem bands and lengthened the bodice instead. This fabric is a little busy, and I a) thought pattern matching would be hard, and b) thought it would look crazy if I didn’t pattern match. I just hemmed it with a zigzag stitch instead, and I don’t think it’s too noticeable. Oh and speaking of pattern matching….
Look how I didn’t do it at all! I was all set to go using Tasia’s stripe cutting tutorial when I realised even If I got everything to match up horizontally, it would still be weird vertically because the sides of the top aren’t a straight line. And then I just lost all motivation to try really hard and stretch my brain to try and make something perfect that wouldn’t even turn out perfect. I feel like I made a good decision. Next time, I’ll use another solid, or a more random print so that you can’t tell. This time, I’m happy.
The only thing I’m not happy with is the dodgy neckline. I’m annoyed, because last time it was PERFECT and this time it just wasn’t! You can see by the horizontal blue line that there’s a weird little pucker at the point of the V, and I’m so gutted that the point itself is all skew whiff. Also, the print is not on grain, but the neckline piece itself is on grain, so the print is kind of all over the show and weird. *sigh*.
But still, this fabric is awesome (more free stuff from my flatmate!), and I’m overall stoked with how my top turned out. I kind of want to make some of the other pattern views, and kind of just want to make view B over and over…it’s my perfect basic tshirt now that I have the fit better. The only problem that I now have is that every time I get my hands on some knit fabric, I’m going to have to decide between the Renfrew and the Briar….