The title of this post is a bit misleading. Using the plural “gifts” implies that I sewed more than one gift this holiday season when, in fact, this knit Renfrew top that I made for my sister-in-law is the only gift I had time to make. But, I thought it sounded better than “Sewing a Gift for the Holidays”, don’t you?!
For some reason when I make up this pattern, I always seem to make it in multiples. The first time around I made four (here, here, and two here), the second time I made two (here), and this last time I made my maternity Renfrew and this one. They just come together so quickly that it wouldn’t make sense not to dig through my fabric stash while I have the pattern out!
I made this one with fabric left over from my ombre striped shingle dress. The navy-and-white stripe was my favorite of the fabrics from the four blues I used in that dress, so when I was placing my order, I made sure to order a little bit more of it in the hopes that I’d end up with enough to make this exact shirt. Only, because I had to make the shingle dress twice, I was close to not having enough fabric. In fact, I had to decide between skinny-ing up the long sleeves a bit or making three-quarter length sleeves. I opted for the former since I really had my heart set on this exact shirt.
Though I did my best to match up the stripes at the side seams and along the sleeves, I learned a good lesson about where it’s most important to match stripes across the armscye seam. After throwing this top on my dress form for photos, I realized it would be the most visually pleasing, at least to me, to see the stripes match across the armscye seam a couple inches down from the top of the shoulder. I focused on matching stripes that were too low and that, as a consequence, are now hidden in the armpit. And, those visually prominent stripes a couple inches below the shoulder seam are just about completely offset!
Even so, I still call this top a success, and I really hope my sister-in-law likes it. I think she could pull off the nautical vibe it has going on really easily. And, she wears the last one I gave her a lot, so hopefully this one fits similarly.
Now to find the time to make my mom the capes and the little French jacket I promised her many Christmases ago!