Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sewaholic Refrew, with sparkles

I recently bought this sparkly knit from Mood, with the intention of making a colorblocked top with metallic sleeves. Then I saw this fabulousness by ladykatza and the fate of the sparkly knit was decided.
Yes, another Renfrew. I love this pattern. It fits well, is easy to sew and works with a variety of fabric weights. I'll be making it again and again. Hope you don't get bored...
This time, I made it from a heavy metallic poly/spandex knit, purchased on Mood's website. I just looked and it appears to be sold out now, which is a pity, as I wanted more. 
This stuff is so lovely. It has the weight of a high quality ponte knit, so it sewed very easily and it skims the body rather than clinging. The metallic threads are not even the slightest bit itchy, which is some sort of engineering miracle. I actually sewed it with the wrong side out, as it was less silvery and more like a graphite color. Me likey.
As you all know, I am completely incapable of sewing the same pattern over and over again without making some sort of change. This time I elected to skip the hip band in favor of a plain hem, which I lengthened in the back for an attempt at a hi-lo hemline. I'm on the fence about how I fell about this. I think it works better in a more unfitted style, and perhaps in this top, it just looks like I am incapable of sewing an even hem. I'm giving it a few days in the magic closet to see what I think and if it still strikes me as odd, I'm going to hack it off even. What do you think?
Myra had to photobomb. She's cute.
As we are leaving for Texas bright and early tomorrow morning, this will likely be my last sewing post for a while. I'm planning on taking my needles and hooks, and I have a few yarnie projects to share with you, so I won't be totally silent, but it's likely to be quieter around here until the New Year. I hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe holiday season.

11 comments:

  1. I like the top; I am not sure about the back look. I think as you said, being a loose fit with back longer would be better. Enjoy your holidays and trip to Texas.

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  2. What a pretty knit--I might see if they have it in more of a gold--that's marvelous it's not itchy. Sparkle knits are so fun, but the non-itchy kind are so rare indeed!

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  3. A longer back is great if you cycle as it stays in place. Glad you are getting away but able to take some work. I'm knitting at present.
    Brenda in the Boro
    www.cyclinginthesixthdecade.Wordpress.com

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  4. Great top and I'm glad there is no itch at all. I'm on the fence about the back hem. I might be tempted to even it - if it were me. Have a wonderful holiday! g

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  5. I kinda like the back fit- I notice you are twisting in the photo. This might be good under something too where I prefer a tighter fit. I love the overall look however. Fantastic. You are such an inspiration!

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  6. Love a sparkly knit! Cute top, I like the hem treatment.

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  7. AWESOME! I give it two thumbs up.

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  8. Love this top and I LOVE those jeans. I wouldn't have guessed that volume would work so well, but they look totally awesome and fashion-y. It's a good thing that knit is sold out or I'd be sorely tempted.

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  9. That shirt looks fab! I bought the Renfrew (and the Thurlow) recently and am excited to try them both. LOVE your sparkly knit top.

    Thanks for your kind words about my cords--I am super excited for them!

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  10. Wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a blog award. I know you are busy with holiday stuff, but here it is: http://peanutbuttermacrame.blogspot.com/2012/12/blog-awards-and-merry-merry.html

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  11. Awesome top. Looks great on you. Adorable photobomber. :)

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