Renfrew II (finally)

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At long last, I’ve managed to get pictures of my second Renfrew! We took a trip to Portland this weekend (more on that later), and the sun came out. I made this one right after the first Renfrew but had some struggles with the winter light in the northwest.

The fabric is a heathered wool knit that I bought in 2011. I managed to eke it out of a failed make (Day 3 from MMM ’12) and remnants. Let’s just say I couldn’t have made the cowl version!

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I also got some new glasses because the astigmatism in my left eye worsened. (Okay, that’s technically true, but I also really really wanted new glasses.)

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The neckline looks tidy. It came together more easily than the bias-binding I’d tried on other knit shirts.

Since making the purple version, I had altered the pattern a bit. I dropped the arm scye and broadened the shoulders a bit. It looks like I didn’t broaden them enough, however. The shirt looks fine until I raise my arms. Then, the shoulder seams retreat towards my neck. Don’t get me wrong, I still wear this shirt constantly. But the next time around, I’ll fix it. Being a high school and college swimmer has changed me for good, I suspect. No matter how little I exercise, my shoulders remain “athletic”.

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Since the fabric is itchy, I lined the shirt with an old t-shirt of Nathan’s and some zebra remnants. Behold, this tame grey shirt has a rather wild interior!

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Here it is, wistfully looking out the window. I just might have to wear it reversed sometime….

The start of an addiction

Since my last post, I’ve already made two Renfrews and I’m already dreaming up more variations… here is the first!

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Winter photography: you could see these pixels from space

I’ve had some purple cotton jersey sitting around for over a year. While I like it, the color has seemed somewhat informal (I’m not sure why), so it was a good candidate for a muslin of sorts.

I tried making a size larger than recommended for my measurements, just to see if I liked it. It turned out a bit roomy, but I’m still glad I made the larger size because I found that the sleeve connected to the body smack in the middle of my armpit. I can’t abide a tight and chafing under-arm. (For my second version, I re-drafted the armscye 1.5″ lower than the pattern’s.) And maybe I have a long chest (is that a thing?) because the v-neck seemed high on me. It’s also possible I’m just taller than the basis for Sewaholic patterns.

With a lot of time and effort, I’m guessing I could have come up with an ok t-shirt pattern but I’m really glad I got the Renfrew. A small alteration – lowering the armscyes – and using the recommended size made all the difference on my second Renfrew. I can’t wait to share it! I’m going to have to figure out a better way to take photos, however, because I was very discouraged about these (which is why you only see one small image). If you guys have any tips or gear recommendations for taking good photos in low light, let me know. Maybe it’s time to hire my sister for a photo lesson.

Top 5 Goals for 2013Anyway! This brings me to my next topic, which is the Top 5 Lists of 2012! Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow suggested we share our hits, misses, reflections, inspirations and goals. I love me a list-making exercise, and I love Gillian’s blog so this was a no-brainer to participate. I can’t wait to start, but I’ve actually made some of my favorite projects post-Minoru! I just can’t photograph them well enough to do them justice. So I might start with the “Misses” list and share the hits as soon as I can take a %!@#$ decent photo!