Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Renfrew Sweater - Last Garment of 2012!

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I'm pretending I'm in Aspen or some other posh, snowy place in this picture.  In actuality, I'm at my boyfriend's condo in northern Mass.

But I did it!  I squeaked out one more finished garment for 2012 on Sunday, just to show that it's possible to make a sweater in one day.

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Pattern: Renfrew, view C
Fabric: Wool/nylon sweater knit from Gorgeous Fabrics
Size: 4 graded to a 6 at the waist

In an effort to add more cake to my closet and create more of an Everyday Wardrobe, I reached for my trusty Sewaholic Renfrew pattern and a sweater knit I bought a few months ago from Gorgeous Fabrics.  Learning from my first Renfrew, I cut out a 4 for the top and graded it out to a 6 and I like the fit much better this time around - it's not as baggy fitting.

I was nervous about sewing with a sweater knit, a fabric I've never used before, and thought that my machine would chew up all the fuzziness as I sewed my seams, but it went along quite smoothly.  What I'm most happy about with this sweater is that I cut it out from 1 yard of fabric.  That's right, 1 yard!  The fabric is originally 68" wide, making it easier than the usual 60" wide fabric to cut out the pattern pieces, but at the end I needed to get a little creative with my pattern layout.

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The bottom band is half the original width - I didn't have enough fabric for the full length of the band (it's supposed to be cut on the fold to make a long band go all the way around your hips) so I cut only half of the length, cut that in half, and had two narrow pieces to seam together at each side seam and attach to the bottom of the sweater.  I ended up using a zigzag to catch the seam allowance on the inside and prevent the band from flipping out, which you can sort of see in the picture above.

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I also stitched around the cowl as well.  I loved the double-sided construction of the cowl and appreciated the extra warmth on a cold first day of the new year.

So, the Renfrew pattern has officially earned its spot in my sewing pattern arsenal as a TNT, or "Tried and True" pattern.  The fit is great, it's a cinch to whip up, and it allows for a lot of variations so it doesn't look like the same ol' pattern.

Also, what is up with my affinity for making gray colored tops lately?

7 comments:

  1. Great job! Where did you get that great knit fabric?

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    1. From Gorgeous Fabrics. I included a link above where I listed what kind of fabric I used. It's still available!

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  2. Ohh that definitely looks so cozy in the knit. The Renfrew is such a great pattern. I'm already planning some winter versions (even though it's summer here!) :)

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    1. Oh goodness yes! When the warm weather rolls around up here, which won't be for quite some time, there will be even more Renfrews popping up in my closet

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  3. This is gorgeous! What a cozy top! I freakin' love the Renfrew... it's just so nice to have a pattern that you can make quickly, wear all the time, and plan endless variations for!

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  4. I just discovered your blog! It is wonderful, and so is your top!

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