A couple of years ago I ordered some knit fabric online - red and orange. When it arrived, it was a classic case of "Maybe I Should Order a Sample Next Time."
It wasn't just orange. It was extremely orange.
I like orange, but this was loud, thick jersey. The weight was odd, and so it enjoyed a place at the back of the sewing cabinet.
The red was more promising, but I just wasn't feeling it. For two whole years, this HUGE chunk of knit took up a HUGE chunk of my sewing storage space.
The fabric store down the street received a couple of bolts of "Oh Deer" Moda fabric and Robert Kauffman recently. (Wow, I see it's much cheaper on fabric.com than what I paid. Oh well. Shop local.) They matched perfectly. So I made a few skirts, and that ugly orange and uninspired red became two awesome Renfrews.
|Lee was my photographer.|
|This one's a little short, but it's not tacky. At least I don't think so.|
|"Got it Mommy!" he said. He didn't think my head was necessary.|
|She scored some red leggings out of the deal.|
|Luuuuuurve my double needle.|
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Fabric: cotton jersey - very stable
Pattern: none - cut two big rectangles, sewed and serged side seams, serged top and bottom, folded up hem and stitched, folded down casing and stitched, inserted elastic, closed casing. Voila.
Fabric: Robert Kauffman (bottom), Moda Oh Deer! by MoMo (top two)
Man, I love that Renfrew pattern. The first time I did it, I used a lightweight knit -- not the stable knit Tasia recommends. This time I widened the shoulders but cut the same size. Because my knits were more stable (thicker with less stretch and heavier weight), I should have gone up a size.** Especially on the orange one. You can see the under-wire outline of my bra. (Mom and I agreed that's an "It Might Be Too Tight" indicator.)
Next time I'll know. And there WILL be a next time.
The skirts are great. I'll pair them with my boots or ballet flats, find some wild-colored tights, and be good to go. The fun colors will distract people from my non-matching stripes. (The fabric was too expensive to buy extra for matching.)
WHY oh WHY did I not add pockets?
Another thing for next time.
I'm convinced the reason I keep sewing is to get it right "next time."
** In a case of perfect timing, Tasia (Sewaholic's designer extraordinaire) has an excellent post published today titled, "What's a Stable Knit Fabric?"