In spite of a bit of a snafu with an error found too late to fix, Renfrew #2 is finished, and I'm a happy camper :) I was going to give a prize to whoever caught the error first, but I think it's not obvious in these photos (and I'm too lazy to take more). I guess that's a good thing, yes? That it's not obvious, not that I'm lazy....
The stripey fabric is a stable, double-sided sweater knit - I think there's some wool involved, because I'm realizing that the cowl is making my neck itch just a bit :( A burn test indicates some synthetic as well, so it's a blend of this and that, and maybe some of those. The good news is that the flip side (worn next to my skin everywhere BUT the cowl) is super soft and yummy feeling :) UPDATE: I found a swatch of the stripey fabric in a different colorway - it's a Poly/Acrylic/Rayon/Wool blend from Fabric Mart (2 years ago). The grey on the sleeves is a ponte - also very yummy feeling.
I swear that I am going to start keeping better records of my fabric purchases, so that I will know the content! At least, I will record it if the info was there when it came to live with me. (Note to self - next month's Habit Shift will be something about fabric records...)
High on the priority list of new-projects-to-sew-because-I-NEED-them is Jeans. You think? Also more nice sweaters, a new handbag or two, work t-shirts, jammies and underwear. Not necessarily in that order. But all desperately needed! Like....now. :(
Back to the Renfrew. Changes I made after Number 1, posted here, were the promised sleeve cap alterations (could still use some tweaking), and I shortened the length. This was not such a good thing, because this knit is SO much more stable than #1! It has virtually no stretch in the length, and about 1/5 the stretch in the width. I know these things going in, but I think a little bit of adjustment will do the trick, when a LOT of adjustment is really what's needed. I'll learn. Eventually.
This is a size 10, but I sewed the side seams at about 1/4" instead of the 5/8" called for, and it was just barely adequate. I cut the length of this one about 1" shorter than #1. Here's the difference between stability and stretchiness:
Just for variety, I cut the cowl and the waistband on the cross grain, meaning they had very little stretch. I cut the waistband a bit longer to accommodate for this, and eased the body of the top into the cowl & waistband as I sewed them. It worked fine, and I like the look. The sleeve bands I cut with the stretch going around the wrists, for ease in pushing up the arms (which I often want to do - but not today! This cold, grey, cold, rainy, cold day....)
The cowl! Oh the cowl! LOVE this yummy, beefy, super warm, double-sided cowl!
I think it would be fairly easy to adapt this cowl into a simple hoody, and I think I'm going to give that a shot. I don't have a sweatery hoody, but I'm wearing the fleece hoody bed jacket I made last year every night, and I'm LOVING it! Need a warmer day version. Yup, need. On the list.
Here's the back:
Yup, those armscyes definitely need more tweaking. Also, did I mention that I need new jeans?
I'll leave you with a little kitty story - I think my blog has had a dearth of cat pics lately, after all...
This is Mitzi, the Mumsy's kitty (who seems to be allowing me to settle into the role of New Mom quite comfortably - finally!) The bag she's in must have picked up some very enticing scents in its journey out and about last night, because she was exploring it with great interest:
By the end of the Renfrew photo shoot, she had claimed ownership of the bag.
And now, at the end of the blog-writing, she looks to be settled in for the duration. I think that only a call for food will get the cat out of the bag at this point.
I have one frivolous item cut out and ready to go, and then - honest - I'm focusing on necessities for awhile!
How about you - is it frivolity or necessity on your cutting table at the moment? We do need a mix of both, don't you think?