So, on Wednesday evening I curled up on the sofa and cut the tissue pattern (yes, really, curled on the sofa!) and then summoned the energy to clear the table and lay out the fabric. Somehow, it took me until midnight to get all the pieces cut - tsk! On a work night!
On Thursday evening I made swift work of dinner, walked the dog and then cleared the decks to sew. I stopped at 10.30pm with just the cuffs left to attach...
...which suggests that I could easily make one of these in about 5 hours, start to finish.
I decided to make the scoop-necked version with 3/4 length sleeves. I had a metre of this anonymous "designer" jersey fabric and there is still a fair chunk leftover: dotty knickers anyone?
|Spots match at the front hem!|
Pattern: Renfrew by Sewaholic, View A neck with View C sleeves, in size 2.
Fabric: cool silky-feeling fairly stable "designer" jersey, probably viscose, from Minerva Crafts on eebaay, 1 metre for £5.99
Other: two tiny oddments of neon yellow ribbon to stabilise the shoulder seams; thread.
|Spots do NOT match at the back hem - boo!|
Process:Very straightforward sewing.
I used the vari-overlock stitch on my Bernina, for the first time understanding that I had to change the presser foot to "Number 2" and not adjust the pressure of the foot to number 2 - duh! It uses a lot of thread, but this stitch does all the work of a straight-stitched seam plus a zigzag in one line of stitching. I then trimmed my seams to about 3/8".
The only mistake I made was to use neon ribbon to stabilise the shoulder seams. The fabric is quite lightweight, and in strong light there is a distinct neon glow across my shoulders.
Size 2 is a pretty good fit for me I think. I could possibly have graded it down to a 0 at the hip but I am not that pernicketty about a t-shirt.
Slinky! ; )
I realise that the print on this fabric is probably an acquired taste. I would love to know the name of the "designer"... I suspect it is more likely to be "George at Asda" rather than Schiaparelli! It reminds me very strongly of a dress I made when I was about 13, so that would have been 1977. It definitely has a 70's vibe!
Does anyone recognise this print from the High Street? I am thinking it could be somewhere like Wallis or maybe Hobbs?
It has a really lovely "handle" and drape. I am tempted to head back to Minerva on eebaay to see what else I can find from this range.
Anyway... I love the neckline - not too high, not too low and there is no gaping trouble at the back. I am not entirely sure I like the waistband and cuffs, but they do an excellent job of holding the shape - no ripple-y hemlines! The sleeves are smooth-fitting without being clingy.
OK - I admit it: this is a really good "go-to" pattern for stretch knits! I will definitely be making more of these and trying out the various neck and sleeve options.