Friends, I adore a bit of animal print and I was smitten with my first ever Renfrew top...right up until I took photos and realised that it might look more like ugly camouflage print than a sexy tiger print. I'm quite gutted really, as I'm not really a camo kinda gal! Do you see what I mean, or am I being paranoid?
Anyway, despite my fabric print woes, sewing the Renfrew up was a doddle considering it's the first time I've worked with jersey. I picked a medium-weight jersey, which was really, really stable and easy to work with. I used a straight stitch on a regular sewing machine and I naughtily left all my inside edges raw as jersey doesn't fray. Hooray!
Renfrew's cleverly constructed for a really neat finish!
I did, however, commit a cardinal sin by ignoring the grain line for my cowl piece. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough fabric to cut the piece out correctly and Ditto had already sold out, so I figured it wouldn't matter too much. But ignoring the grain line does matter, especially when you're working with jersey! My cowl piece didn't have enough stretch in it to fit the neckline, so I ended up having to take the shoulder seams in and to gather the neckline a little. Luckily, the cowl covers the neckline, so I just about got away with this faux pas, but I strongly advise against it ;o)
Also, because I'm terrible at visualising things, I must admit that I did have some trouble with the minimalist instructions for this pattern. Most of it was absolutely fine, but assembling the cowl neckline did leave me scratching my head for a while. I know, I know...only I could find one of the easiest patterns of all time a little tricky! I do love it by the way and have already bought fabric for future versions.