Sewaholic's Renfrew transformed me from a jersey novice to a huge fan of the stuff. Ever since, I've kept an eye out for suitable patterns and I'm glad I was able to see past McCall's 6435 dog-ugly cover! I love the sweetheart detail (not so much the 90s asymmetrical look though!) and I can never get enough of comfy tops that can be dressed up or down. This pattern was easy to follow and fast to sew up, but it's no Renfrew. Tasia is the master of construction, ensuring the Renfrew is immaculately finished with arm, hem and neck bands. McCall's 6435 just requires hemming these areas, which doesn't give the smoothest or most professional finish. Next time I'm definitely tempted to draft my own bands a la Renfrew.
The neckline definitely doesn't look as finished as the Renfrew and it's a bit wide for my frame too - will have to alter it next time. It also looks like the sleeves are pulling a little in these pics, though they don't feel tight at all!
Still, I do like how this top looks good worn tucked in or out!
I couldn't decide whether this crazy, tropical flower print was tacky or cool - I love it either way!
So why does making a harmless little top make me a jersey addict, you ask? I blame Clare wholeheartedly! She suggested I check out a particular stall at Leicester market on a particular day...and OMG! The stall itself is a disaster zone, but boy does the man have jersey. So much jersey...all piled up into a jersey mountain and you have to really dig for the gems. But there are gems...so many gems! I ended up leaving with too many metres (in the double figures), but with it working out to just £1 p/m, who was I to resist?!?
I love these busy prints - the first Aztec-inspired one is crying out to become a maxi dress...oh yes!
Cannot resist sweet floral prints - don't you think the second one down has a bit of a 50s look to it?
OoOoOoOoOoh, animal print!!!
And possibly my favourite of the bunch - the very Parisian, scarf print jersey!
Coincidentally, I walked into New Look on a whim today and saw the bodycon dress on the left. It's made in exactly the same jersey as mine and it's also available in the lighter print too. Does this mean I have famous fabric?
Erm, so yes...do you think this makes me a jersey addict? I don't really think I can live in denial any more, do you?