Completed: Another Stripey Renfrew Top

17 Feb

Didn’t see this one coming, did ya? πŸ™‚

I bought this stripey jersey fabric on my last big fabric excursion, right before I enabled The Ban. Actually, I bought it because I *thought* it was navy/white striped, but upon closer inspection it would appear to favor black over navy. Oh well! Anyway, this top was screaming to be a Renfrew – so there ya go! I’m clearly not the only person who wanted their Renfrew to be stripey-delicious, although mine is a little different because I didn’t cut my bands out of the stripey fabric. Solid black over here!

I did save my stripey pieces, though, so watch out for them – they may end up banding a solid colored shirt πŸ™‚

Not much else to report here – it’s a tshirt, and I made it up (cutting included!) in less than 2 hours. LOVE.

I’m actually pretty surprised I got the stripes on the sleeves (mostly)matched up with the stripes on the body. That definitely was not something I made an effort towards.

The sides match up until about 3″ below the armpits. I think anyone who is staring at my armpits long enough to realize that the stripes don’t match up has bigger problems than me, just sayin’.


Stripey - topstitching
I managed to get a much more clear shot of the double-needle topstitching.


In other news – I signed up for a Twitter account! Actually, I think Twitter is kind of stupid but since I don’t really venture into blogland on the weekends, I like the idea of having Twitter around for communication. So please add me – I went through a few fellow sewists friends lists and added 6 people (and Pee Wee Herman because, well, why not?) but then I got overwhelmed and gave up. And now my only follower is some spambot who keeps tweeting about sex & debt, ew. So if you have Twitter, let’s follow each other! I’m LLLLADYBIRD!

Also, check out my sweater progress –
Agatha sweater - right side
Kinda looks like a tiny vest, amirite?

Agatha sweater - on form
I put it on my form, but my circular needles are just barely long enough to knit this comfortably, so I didn’t stretch it to pull across the front. So here’s the back! I’ve knitted a few rows since taking this picture – that yarn-butt on the shoulder is now part of the sweater, and I’ve officially started my second ball of yarn πŸ™‚ Yay!

Ok, I’m going to go figure this Twitter thing out some more.


Happy Friday! πŸ˜€

28 Responses to “Completed: Another Stripey Renfrew Top”

  1. House Of Pinheiro February 17, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Laren, its so cute !

  2. lecsmiscellany February 17, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Hi! I found you through Sewaholic and just wanted to say that I love your blog and I live this Renfrew. The contrasting bands look pretty fabulous! πŸ™‚ I also really like your sweater. I wish I were brave enough to try knitting something so cute. I am working on a pair of socks– my first– and am already feeling sorry that I’ll have to knit the second sock when I finish this one…

    Thanks for the sewing inspiration, can’t wait to see what you’ll sew next.

    • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Hey, you’re knitting socks – I’d say that’s pretty brave! I haven’t yet learned how to do the whole knitting-in-the-round-with-double-pointed-needles thing yet, but I guess I will need to eventually if I want my sweater to have sleeves πŸ™‚

  3. Sassy T February 17, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Love the Renfrew. I will add you to twitter. You can block the spambots when you get a tweet from them. Just click on their name and a dialogue box displays, click on the person icon it will give you a drop down menu.

    • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      Sweet, I just blocked & reported her! Ha! Thank you!

      • Calico Stretch February 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

        Yes but how do you know it was a her?! No don’t answer that!

        • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

          Haha! Well, the picture was a girl so I just assumed for simplicity’s sake :B

      • Sassy T February 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm #


  4. Clare February 17, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Looks great! I think it’s actually almost, if not completely impossible to perfectly match all stripes in a set-in sleeve pattern (rather than, say, a raglan), because of the difference in length and curvature in the pieces. I read somewhere that the place to focus on matching is roughly the middle third, as that’s the part that’s most prominent to an observer. Which is basically what you’ve done, so hurrah!

    • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      I recall hearing that somewhere… and feeling reassured when some of the most meticulous sewers I know are unable to match up those stripes! So yay!

  5. gingermakes February 17, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Love it!

  6. Miriana February 17, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Every ball or wool or so, I thread some contrasting yarn onto a needle and thread it through the stitches and remove the needle so I can check the fit properly. It’s a pain (but not as annoying as knitting a complete garment that doesn’t fit – guess how I know).

    • LLADYBIRD February 17, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      I have thought about doing that but the idea of pulling the needle out (regardless of the fact that there is waste yarn in it’s place) terrifies me! I may end up just attaching all my circular needles together & making one giant circular needle to check the fit.

  7. Noas'Libellule February 17, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Just came across from Kestrel Finds and Makes, and I am very happy I found you! I am more of a knitter, but this year will be the year when I start sewing.. and I am sure you blog will be part of my inspiration. WIll add you on twitter as well, cannot have you being followed by some weirdo!

  8. Claire (aka Seemane) February 17, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Loving the Renfrew’s you’ve made Lauren πŸ™‚
    I daren’t start knitting or join Twitter – as I’ll lose even more hours of the day to more pastimes (I spend so much time thinking about and trying to do some sewing, any more hobbies and I burn out LOL!).

  9. Sue Marie February 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Hey Lauren
    Love the t-shirt. I’ve done the black-and-white-not-navy-and-white-stripes thing before but since my love for navy and white stripes in unparalleled by any other coloured stripes I was somewhat more distressed!
    I like the block colour bands best πŸ™‚
    Sue x

  10. Sherry February 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    That’s a great T-shirt, I imagine it will be on high wardrobe rotation! I do like the look of that knitting pattern too – off to check it out now. Not that I need another project…!

  11. leahfranqui February 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Lovely lovely lovely. You look excellent in this, it’s awesome.

  12. scruffybadger February 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Awesome ! I always suspected that renfrew is going to be a classic and you’re proving it. I have stripes lined up for mine. Cool knitting also- you are so advanced ( in comp to me that is). You give me confidence that its poss to progress. Such a cute colour also…

  13. weefrills February 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Nice stripes!

    • nothy lane February 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      I love the contrasting bands for the striped Renfrew. I may have to copy yours.

  14. sallie February 18, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Your Renfrew tops are so great! I can never get knits to look so clean and professional! Also I am so in awe of your sweater! Its coming along great – it will be beautiful πŸ™‚

  15. Casey February 19, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    That’s it… I know what I’m cutting out this afternoon with some jersey in my stash! πŸ˜‰ Love the stripes and solid bands–such a great idea. πŸ™‚

  16. Amy February 19, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I love the black and white. I should make another Renfrew soon…

  17. Dana February 20, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Love the stripe! I made a spotty one for my first attempt very happy with the outcome. Hope you had a great weekend.

  18. Cynthia February 21, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Your sewing output amazes me!


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