The pattern is for "stable knits", but the man at the fabric recommended a knit with spandex in it. I think this knit has slightly more stretch, but apparently spandex knits have better recovery. Or something.
I've heard lots of bloggers say how easy it is, but never mind- I managed to find plenty of challenges for myself. I didn't even know what the right side was at first (it's the one with the vertical ribs btw, lol), and I got all freaked out about cutting it out!
Then, after reading Lauren's advice about cutting off more of the neckband since my fabric was a bit extra stretchy, I haphazardly hacked off an inch and a half (3.8cm), and then realised the markings I was supposed to match up weren't right anymore... Hmm. So I decided I'd just wing it, stretching it to fit and it'd magically work out. It didn't...
I figured out the original pattern's neckband is 12% shorter, so it IS a bit shorter already. But then again, if Lauren queen of knits says so, it must be so! But then again, other bloggers have made nice Renfrews without this rigamarole! So basically, what I'm trying to say is.... I overthink things. A lot :)
Here are some thoughts on the project:
-I found the internet recommended to use a stitch length of 3 and a width of 0.5. I always heard you use a zig zag to sew knits but it's so narrow, you can barely tell it is one! It works though!
-I used a stitch length of 2 and a width of 2 for the zig zag topstitching.
-Not having to finish the seams was weird! Yet liberating :) I still wonder if maybe I should have done something to them though? (I don't have an overlocker). I trimmed them but I don't even think I needed to do that, for most of them.
-Some of the bits were a bit bulky due to lots of layers.
-Ooh, the fiddly little cuffs were hard to put in! Having to stretch them while you sew, and they don't even fit around the machine's arm!
-I was expecting the pattern to be really in-depth because of Tasia's really awesome sewalongs (I was disappointed when she said she wasn't doing one for Renfrew), but the pattern instructions were quite simple. I guess if I succeeded then they were enough!
|The back- hmm does that look like a sway back?|
I got lots of awkward pictures taken by my husband. I'm very shy about posing in front of a camera, so most of them turned out pretty bad! I had to put this one on because it made me laugh. I was trying to run away from the camera!