Last night I muslined the Renfrew top by Tasia of Sewaholic Patterns. I have loved all of the iterations floating on the interwebs since she debuted this top in her pattern line. It takes me a while to get to new patterns. I’m a slow sewist and slow to start a new project. Is anyone else like that? I procrastinate like no one’s business when I want to start a new pattern. The unknowns always make me a little nervous. It drives me nuts. Especially now that I have finished (sort of) this top. It’s so quick and easy.
Anyway, back to the top. I chose to make view A but without the cuff and waist bands. Since I have a coverstitch machine, I thought I would just coverstitch the hems in those areas if the top fit. I picked the size 10 to muslin as I invariably pick too large a size when I’m new to a pattern. Of course, this bit me in the butt. Sigh. I think the size 10 is a little on the tight side for me with the fabric I chose, which was a beefy cotton knit (almost like a ponte knit it was so beefy). It had great stretch, but is pretty stable. So I have a bit of negative ease going on. Having said all that, I know I love this top already. It’s drafted really well. I think I will muslin it again in a size 12 in this same fabric to see what the differences are.
I would love some feedback on the fit of this top on me. I am used to RTW tops fitting pretty much the same on me as this sz 10 top fits me in these pictures. I almost always have the pulls from the bust to armscyes. I always have a little extra fabric at the back, but this is actually better than RTW. And I always have back fat lines from my bra straps, which I am disappointed to know will probably never be eliminated. Another big sigh.
What do you think of the ease in this muslin? Too much negative ease? It’s comfortable since the knit is stretchy. I just can’t tell if I like the fit or not in this size. I guess I will only know when I make up the size 12 later today. The sleeves are a little snug at the top, but a little too loos at the wrists.
I am not interested in a doing an FBA with darts for this top. And I have had no success with dartless FBA’s in knits. So I will not be making any of those adjustments. If the size 12 works with my bust a bit better, I may add more shaping at the waist to get a more fitted look. What do you think?
Final thoughts: I think this is a very versatile knit top draft. I can see making running tops with wicking fabric, casual tops. Cute tops with the cowl neck. T-shirts. I could even do my ASOS knock off with this pattern!
I am very excited about this pattern. Thanks Tasia!