|Sewaholic Patterns: 1201 (Renfrew Top) - Type:Tops |
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|About JennaF |
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|Posted on:||2/11/13 3:07 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
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|Fabric:||Bamboo Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Knit top with interchangeable sleeve & neckline options. And banded hems.
I sewed an 8, but it probably ended up closer to a 6. This was my original thought process:
"According to the Sewaholic size chart, I'm a 10 in the bust (size 2 if we go by high bust...there's no way I'm going to do a FBA though...I've gotten along this long without one), an 8 in the waist and a 6 in the hips. Hm. I prefer my tops to be more on the fitted side, but since I'm using a stable knit I don't want it to be too tight. I think the safest bet would be to go with a 10. I can always take the seams in, but I can't necessarily let them back out...actually I could since the pattern uses a 5/8" seam allowance and I won't be serging....ack. I'm going to go with a size 8. Yes. 8."
I also lengthened it 1.5". I like my casual tops on the long side, but in hindsight it was unnecessary.
It turned out too big. The shoulders were falling off...it was big and sloppy. And I almost gave up. But I powered through. I took the cowl/neck seam in an inch which raised the shoulders and I took in the side seams a 1/2". It's pretty good now; if it were a t shirt, I'd want it more fitted. But it's as comfy as my favorite sweatshirt & much more put together.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very; so long as you cut 2 cowl pieces ;) I somehow missed that memo & it set me back a bit. LOL
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the variety it offers. I'm hoping to tweak this baby into a TNT. It's designed for Pear shapes, and though I am a Pear, I don't really fit into the envelope sizes.
Also, I never realized how much I don't like hemming knits until I didn't have to hem this one. LOL. That's good and bad.
Bamboo baby rib knit from High End Fabrics on ebay.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Lengthened 1.5"...not because I'm tall, but because I like my casual tops a little on the long side...I could have left it as is. It would have been perfect.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes & yes.
Definitely a potential TNT with a few tweaks. More ramblings on my blog
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