I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more Renfrews! (And yeah, more cowbell couldn’t hurt either.) Do not ask me why I keep making the same pattern over and over again (10 times, to be exact). Do not ask me why I don’t try out all the other great t-shirt patterns out there. Just accept my addiction to the beloved Renfrew and move on, ok? : )
Pattern: Um, the Renfrew.
Fabric: Neon pink and gray striped cotton blend jersey from Grey’s Fabric and Notions. (BTW, Sarah is so friendly and helpful! I highly recommend this shop if you find yourself in the Boston area.)
Modifications: Oh man, I don’t even remember at this point! The only new mod for this version was that I scooped out the neckline a bit – see below for details.
Level of crafty satisfaction: I’ve got a fever… oh wait, we covered that already. : )
So, the neckline. I’ve been wanting to lower the scoop neckline (View A) for a while now, and I finally mustered up the courage to give it a try. I re-drew the curve 3/8 inch wider at the shoulders and 2 inches lower at the center front. It took a few tries to get a curve that I was happy with, but it seemed to work out well in the end.
That part was easy. The harder part was adjusting the length of the neckband piece to match my new neckline. The neckband is shorter than the neckline because you stretch it out as you sew it, but how much shorter did I need to make it? I wasn’t brave enough to just cut a really long strip and stretch it out as I sewed, so I went for a little math instead. Hey, I’m a trained engineer, ok? : )
Essentially, I calculated the ratio of the original neckline length to the original neckband length. Then I measured my new neckline length, and used the ratio to calculate my new neckband length. I did the calculations separately for the front and back portions of the neckline, and all measurements were taken excluding seam allowances.
If you’d like more detail on what I did, just let me know. I’d be happy to do a separate post if there’s interest. It’s all simple algebra, but I admit that it had me scratching my head for a minute there!
Sadly it’s still too cold in Boston to wear these elbow-length sleeves, but I’m officially done sewing winter garments and have moved onto brighter, happier, lighter pieces. Will it ever warm up around here? Maybe. Thankfully I’ll have a cute shirt to wear just in case. : )
Have you ever made a pattern a bazillion times? If so, what was it? Share your craziness with us!