With "winter" drawing to a close in Northern California, time is running short for sewing up the rest of the wool fabric I bought a few months ago. At this point, I'm not sure I can pull off another pair of wool pants or a dress, and still get reasonable use out of them before they get moved into off-season storage. But this fabric is lightweight enough to wear for a while, so it moved up to the top of the pile.
I'm not completely enamored with the print, but the fabric caught my eye immediately in a sale rack of vintage knits. I was drawn to the sheen, and then was absolutely shocked that it wasn't silk. Nope, wool. Wool! The most silky, lightweight, soft, flowy wool knit ever.
I've made Sewaholic's Renfrew cowlneck before, but this fabric is better suited for the style of this top. I cut size 2 and I love the fit of this top: fitted, but not tight. I need to try the other neckline versions!
After a few solid years of using my serger, I still don't love using the cutting blade while sewing. So since the Renfrew is designed with 5/8" seam allowance, I decided to trim 3/8" around all the pattern piece edges (except the cuffs and hems) so I could serge the seams without having to using the blade. Maybe sizing down to the 0 would achieve the same effect?
It's been a busy month, but this is my "February" garment (and I have another one to show you soon!).
It's beautiful and I really love the fabric. The cowl-neck view is the one that made me buy the pattern - but I have yet to sew one! If I don't get on it soon I'll have to make a short-sleeved one instead.ReplyDelete
I am *super* excited to see this top! I just signed up for a sewing class where I'll be learning how to make this! It looks absolutely beautiful!!ReplyDelete
That fabric looks amazing! I love the look of cowl necks but for some reason they make my hair knot up like crazy!ReplyDelete
That's a bummer-- I guess that's a benefit for short hair!Delete
What gorgeous fabric. I love the print, It's kind of retro but you make it look very modern and stylish.ReplyDelete
Why thank you! I was hoping it didn't look like I had pulled it out of the retro bin!Delete