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.
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.
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.
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.