So, can you guess which 3 tried’n’true patterns I combined to make this tunic? I could have used Ebony or the Groove dress… or even a Plantain… frankly, you could get to a finished project half a dozen ways or more!
Here’s what I chose to use:
- Sewaholic Renfrew cowl (the best cowl ever, but more on that later)
- Cashmerette Concord sleeves, shoulders, and scoop neckline
- Hey June Santa Fe tank from the underarm down, lengthened just less than an inch
I love the result! It’s the perfect cosy winter top. It’s made with my current fabric obsession, which is another colourway of the thick rayon-poly blend jersey that I used for this top. I’ve now bought it in all four colours that Len’s Mill carries!
As you can see, the Santa Fe always turns out a bit higher in the front on me, because it doesn’t have any extra length for the bust… but I quite like that! I’m also a big fan of hems that curve up slightly at the sides (like my TNT Jalie Raglan tee or Santa Fe) because the hem doesn’t hit as obviously at the widest part of my hip.
(In case you are curious, the leggings are made with jegging fabric from L’Oiseau, just like these black ones I made in fall (and wore with the same maroon colour – I’m getting predictable! I like how opaque and resilient the fabric is, but I got an oil stain on the front thigh the first time I wore them so they’ve never really gone into wardrobe rotation!)
Now, can we talk Renfrew cowl? Every other cowl pattern piece I’ve ever sewn or seen a tutorial for is a rectangle, and it makes for a very dense, slightly awkward cowl. Renfrew has curved shaping on all four sides, which makes it wider at the top of the cowl than where it attached to the neckline. This lets everything drapey gracefully, and sit nicely as your move throughout the day. With a smidge of extra width, it attaches easily onto the scooped neckline of Concord, as I also showed in my Ren-Cord mashup last year!
Did you hear that Jennifer of WeBoughtAManor and I have challenged each other to wear a Cashmerette pattern every day for the month of February? We’ve each got at least 30 items, so it should be possible without extra panic sewing. I bought a selfie stick in preparation… so please feel free to laugh at me trying to get a selfie every morning as I run out the door!
If you want to join in for a few days or a week or whatever, just tag any outfit pics on Instagram with #CashmeretteChallenge. It is not official or organised with rules – just purely for fun!
This top is a great reflection of why I love sewing knits and TNTs: sewing is stress-free, you can create just what you want, and good fabric never goes to an experimental waste!