Monday, February 3, 2014

Milestone: serged knit Renfrew

Hi everyone!
I am totally behind on my posts.  This post is being brought to you courtesy of a snow day, yay!

So, last post I made the Sewaholic Renfrew in purple sweater knit from Stone Mtn and Daughter purchased during PR weekend 2013 in SF.    Beth from Sunny Gal helped me get the fit down, yay!

I made it again in the same sweater knit, this time in turquoise.  (Alternate titles for this post were "Groundhog Day" and "Oops, I did it again".).

I don't normally show you the interior of my garments, but when I do....I make sure to take lots and lots of photos!

Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
This is the first time I've ever serged a knit together!
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
I sewed the seams on my sewing machine first (that's the navy thread line) with a slight zigzag stitch and then serged on my serger.  That's because I wanted to finalize the fit, and also because wasn't too sure I'd hit the 5/8" SA every time on my serger.  I used my stitch line as an additional guide.  I sewed with navy thread on my sewing machine to make it easier for me to see the stitching.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
I feel very grown up with my knit serged seams.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
The turquoise serger thread is the first serger thread I ever bought.  ATP and I were in NYC and she was determined to show me how to use my serger.  I would have chosen brown or black thread and she chose turquoise.  It is a great match for this shirt!
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
I stabilized the shoulder seam and pressed to the back.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
shoulder seam.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
This time I sewed the sleeves with 1" SA for a closer fit.  My photographer Ellen said the shirt seemed to fit me better, but the only difference was in the sleeves (well, color too).  The rest is the same.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
There is swayback pooling, but my Ellen "fixed it" for the shot, which really made me laugh.

Sewaholic Renfrew version 2

I am very proud of the sleeve cap too!  No wavy/bumpiness.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
I added the thumb holes again.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
This is to show my twin needle hem.
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2
Thumbs up
Sewaholic Renfrew version 2


I made one more Renfrew this weekend....which I'll show you next post.  The fabric is really neat.

Be well!  and if you live where it's snowing, hope your snow day is a sew day!

18 comments:

  1. looks great and I am so happy you used that fab fabric to perfection.

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  2. Very nice! I love the thumb holes.

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  3. Very nice! I do believe you have that serging perfected!

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  4. It looks great, you will love doing all your knits on the serger, great job.

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  5. I'm so glad that you and your serger and getting better acquainted. I love the color and fit of your top. I just want to stroke the fabric through the computer screen.

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  6. You made another nice top Kyle!! I love it! I must say, I do envy your serging skillz! I am mostly proficient with it, but at times I mess up on the sleeves. I think I am nervous about making a mistake and ruining my fabric, so I play it safe. But, your beautiful seams makes me want to practice more often!

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  7. Looks great! Love that color on you!

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  8. I'm kind of glad to hear that I'm not the only person who isn't sure they'll hit the 5/8" every time. Now that my regular machine is broken, I may need to finally figure out how to make sure I'm doing it right.

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  9. I love the thumbs up feature the most. Ok, the whole top is wonderfully made Kyle. Thumbs up:)

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  10. I love them both, colors are beautiful on you and you definitely have the fit down pat! Great job!

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  11. Nice Renfew Kyle looks totally like RTW!

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  12. Girl, it's about time you broke out that serger on knits! You did a great job and, once again, the fit is spot on.

    Bah to snow days. The ONE snow day we have ever had occurred on a day when I didn't have class. Hmph. =)

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  13. Isn't it oddly satisfying how neat all those served seams on the inside look? I serge everything, even fabrics that don't fray because I like how it looks! No snow day here in Sydney, but in sympathy we're having rain and wind instead of sun and heat

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  14. Very nice, and such a pretty color!

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  15. That is the best kind of snow day! Your top is beautiful. I love the color. We have had 6 snow days this year and I am praying that the phone doesn't ring again tomorrow morning.

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  16. Great color! I can't wait for your next Renfrew post!

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  17. Now that you are into serging knits...it's just going to get more fun. Knits are insanely fast with the serger--one pass, no muss, no fuss. Love this top!

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  18. YAY for turquoise serger thread!!! Yay for NYC! Looks good. I have been wearing slimmer sleeves in my casual knits this winter, too, and I think it's a little (dare I say?) sexier.

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