I finally got to sewing on my Renfrew pattern! I used a royal blue and white striped knit from Fabric Mart. It is not available any more, unfortunately, and I don’t know what it’s fiber content is, either. This was also my first time *ever* working with stripes! And while it’s not 100% perfect, I think it’s pretty damn awesome for my first try! It makes me really glad I started using my walking foot. Check at these side seams!
I also did, in fact, do the cuffs and waist band, but you can barely tell! I thought about doing them perpendicular for contrast (and to hopefully hide any mistakes making them crooked), but I went with parallel. As for the spacing on the cuffs, that was pure luck. For the most part the pieces were exactly “x” stripes wide, so I just used them for my cutting lines and things just worked out!
This was also my first time utilizing the stretch stitches on my machine. I really didn’t even realize I had them until a few weeks ago, but started reading the manual and found out they were there! This shirt feels really sturdy using these “fancy” stitches compared to usually just using a zig zag stitch. I did do a zig zag for my top stitching, though, since I still haven’t mastered making the stretch stitches look pretty, yet. Add in more practice, a walking foot, and some patience, and I think I have done my best top stitching ever so far!
As for the fit, I have some tweaks to make next time. I added an inch in length, since I’m tall, but I’m not sure I really needed to. I made a size 10 based on my measurements, but will do it different next time. I think it fits fine in the bust, but too big (just a bit) in the waist. The waistband is tight, but my jersey didn’t have a ton of stretch, so I’ll have to play with that next time. But the shoulders and cuffs were definitely too small. I’ll have a bunch of tweaking to do next time! Even with the changes that need to be made, this is still very comfortable and will be made again! I already have more fabric queued up to be transformed into my next comfy shirt!