Sunday, May 12, 2013

Germania Renfrew and Floral Miette

I thought I'd be posting the black work skirt that I've been working on for forever (ugh), but instead I have two very quick projects to show you.

First up, I finally made a Renfrew! This was so fast and easy to put together, but I think I didn't choose a knit with enough stretch because when I'm not sitting perfectly still I get some pulling in the chest. That is something I never ever thought I would say! I really like the fit around the waist and the hips, which looks a lot nicer in person than in this picture. Let me just say right now that these are not my best pictures as they were both taken in a hurry before dinner reservations.

The knit is a Jay McCaroll print from the Germania line that I bought ages ago. On my next Renfrew I think I'm going to just sew the sleeves  and upper bodice with a slightly smaller seam allowance to give myself a little more room. And also use a stretchier knit. I am impressed with how straight I got the stripes on the print to line up. This was the first time that I've dealt with stripes!

Sewaholic Renfrew

Next up is my first of what I think will be a few Miettes (I already have one ready to be cut). I love this pattern from Tilly. It took me a mere few hours to complete and the shape is super flattering. I love how much overlap there is in the back of the skirt, making it less likely that my skirt will fly open while walking down the street.

Floral Miette

I did, however, learn one lesson while making this skirt: do not cut fabric on a Friday night after work. Notice anything about this pattern? That's right, the butterflies are upside down! I half feel like I wasted this gorgeous Anna Maria Horner print, but I'm wearing this baby anyway. Most people won't notice anyway, right?


  1. Nice to see you back and sewing! I don't think anyone will notice the print-- I never would have! Looks great!

    1. Thanks! I enjoyed those quick projects but I think I'm finally ready to tackle something more substantial. Perhaps the Sewaholic Robson!

  2. Gorgeous! Love the choice of fabric, and the kamikaze butterflies are a "design feature" if anyone asks ;)

    1. Oh my gosh, what an honor! Thank you! So far no one has noticed the butterflies snafu, or at least they have been kind enough to not mention it. I have a second Miette in the works right now. I'm excited to see what you release next!