5 years ago, when I started sewing, it was a simpler time for indie patterns. There were just a few major companies, and only a small selection of patterns. Sewaholic Renfrew was (rightfully) a runaway hit – a tee designed to be sewn on just a sewing machine! I made so many before newer, shiner patterns started distracting me away.
I dug out my Renfew pattern last week because I fancied a cowl, and was shocked to find my TNT tracing was a Size 12!!! Nowadays I’d fit a 16… which by the way, is the largest size. I guess in those 5 years I’ve really come to expect a wider size range in any pattern.
On to the shirt at hand! It’s a Concord body, with the Renfrew cowl attached. I had to add a few inched to the cowl to make it fit the Concord’s scoop neck, but otherwise these two pattern blended nicely. Because the fabric is fairly stable, I also added some ease as I cut out the pattern. A little more ease would get rid of those wrinkles on the back!
The fabric is a jacquard double knit from the Fabricland ends table. It has gold threads woven with soft black patches, and a rather scratchy backing. I don’t notice the texture when I wear it though, so that’s ok! Design-wise, I wanted something slightly glam but work appropriate, so I went with a top instead of a dress.
And that’s it! A simple top, but it reminds me of when I started sewing knits and how things have changed since. Three cheers for the sewing community! Where do you think we’ll be in another 5 years? What new expectations will we take for granted by then?