This is the project that kept me sane this week!
It is our old friend the Renfrew top by Sewaholic, this time made up in a printed cotton jersey which comes perilously close to looking like a curtain from a caravan in the 1970's.
Somewhere on this blog there is a photo of me in 1981 sitting in front of this very curtain...
Pattern: Renfrew by Sewaholic, View A in size 2, with slightly shortened sleeves
Fabric: One yard of cotton jersey from Girl Charlee for $5.95 plus shipping (well worth it for 3 yards - this is the last piece from my order)
Collar: Cream lace with a heavy soft cotton feel - a present from the lovely Scruffy Badger. Thank you again Winnie! :)
The jersey wasn't nearly as stretchy as the fabric I used for my previous two Renfrew tops.
I was worried it wasn't going to fit, and it does look rather snug across the upper chest in these pictures, but it is still wearable.
Attaching the collar was slightly stressful - I used the vari-overlock stitch on my Bernina and it wasn't moving smoothly through the machine, but kept bunching up. I should have increased the stitch length but I battled on, with the result that it is slightly higher on one side than the other. But who is going to notice that?!
I fully expected this to be a disaster. The print scared me, the lace fought me, and I was using the process as therapy through an emotional week of battered self-esteem.
But I love it!
It is crazy in a good way.
It looks great with my dark denim Kelly skirt (as most things do!) and I have some orange tights (not quite visible in this picture) that tie the whole outfit together.
I have another long-sleeved top to wear!