My third Renfrew is complete, this time with the “dramatic” cowl neck and 3/4 length sleeves in a juicy fall-appropriate burgundy. And check it – I actually took photos OUTSIDE! Whoa baby! I woke up this morning to a beautifully cool, non-humid, fall day here in Boston, and I decided that it was a perfect day for an outdoor photo shoot. I found a retaining wall near my apartment that was the perfect height for propping up the camera, and voila, you can finally see my creations in natural light. I even put lipstick on for you. You’re welcome. : )
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew, with cowl neck and 3/4 length sleeves (View C).
Fabric: Burgundy cotton jersey from Mood.
Modifications: Same as for Renfrew #2, with 1 inch added to the sleeves and no extra length added in the waist.
Level of crafty satisfaction: Not bad, although I think this top is a little too loose for my taste – oops! The sleeves could be a little shorter and more fitted, and I think the top is a little too short overall (I guess I needed the extra inch in the waist after all). I also decided that cowl necks drive me crazy – I find myself constantly adjusting it. Annoying. Oh well! I do think it looks nice on me though.
Taking out the extra length in the waist definitely reduced the amount of pooling fabric at the lower back, but I think I prefer a little more length in the front. It’s nice not to have to worry about flashing my stomach when I raise my arms, you know? Also, there’s some extra bat-wing-like fabric at the back armholes – how did that happen?
I think the side views actually look pretty good, and I like how the hem lays flat with no bunching of excess fabric. The trade-off is the aforementioned peek-a-boo stomach issue. If only I had a six-pack to show off under there… : )
This driveway was sandwiched between two other apartment buildings, and although I carefully chose a spot with no one’s windows directly behind me, there were windows in front of me as I took these pictures. I bet those people got a kick out of all my posing… haha.
I bought these jeans at J.Crew about 7 years ago and am kind of impressed that they still fit. Yes!! Perhaps one day I’ll be able to make my own fitted jeans, but I think that’s one of the major challenge garments in my sewing world right now.
I really do love this rich burgundy color for fall, and I love the idea of this top, but somehow it just came out a little too big all around. Maybe it’s the cotton jersey I’m using – cotton tends to stretch out a bit, and this fabric is a little lighter weight than the orange I used for my other two Renfrews. I think the top is still totally wearable though, so my drawer of knit tops is indeed coming along.
A few technical notes: This top cost me about $18 (including pattern, fabric, thread, and shipping), which isn’t too far off what I’d pay for a RTW knit top like this. I used my regular sewing machine as usual, with a stretch stitch (#8 on my Bernina) for the seams and a zig-zag to finish the seam allowances. It was a breeze to put together, especially since this was my third time using this pattern.
I used about 1.25 yards of fabric out of the 2.5 I bought, so I’m going to try to squeeze out another burgundy top from the leftovers. This time I want to try the v-neck… and maybe cut it a little smaller? Knits are so mysterious!
Anyway, yay for more Renfrews! They’re such quick and satisfying projects, and so great for the Everyday Wardrobe that everyone keeps talking about. Now where should I go on a beautiful fall day in my new shirt? : )