Jungle January Renfrew!

Jungle January Renfrew

Oh look! It’s the 6thΒ 7th top I’ve blogged this month! Happy Jungle January!

Jungle January Renfrew

Making shirts is my favourite no-fail project when time is tight. This is the second Renfrew I’ve sewn this month (here’s the post with the first!) As I made this one, I realised I was having some of the same issues with the sleeves/shoulders as last time – not sure if the sleeve cap has more ease than I’m used to sewing in a knit, or if I just have troubling taking off a honking big 5/8 seam allowance now that I’m used to serging everything with 3/8! Any thoughts?

Jungle January Renfrew

The fabric is a lovely light sweater weight that I bought locally. It’s a nice combo of warm based taupe and cool spots, which is good for my colouring. Beige and I do not get along!

Jungle January Renfrew

Obviously, I went for the cowl option… and only realised afterward that the only other leopard top I have made is also a cowl! Hey, you surely don’t read my blog for the innovation and novelty, right?πŸ˜‰

Jungle January Renfrew

I’m more careful to reinforce sweater knits that other knits… but as I ironed stay tape on the neckline, I got curious about how you bend a straight tape around an edge! I do it two ways, as you can see above… can’t say I can tell a difference once the garment is done. What’s your strategy?

Jungle January Renfrew

Happy Jungle January, ya’ll!


32 thoughts on “Jungle January Renfrew!

    1. I just slammed this post together while taking a break from writing reports, bc otherwise I was going to miss the deadline too! Hope exams are going well and you have good courses next term! The jungle will always be there when you are ready!πŸ˜‰

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    1. Do you have a DSLR? These pics are with my 50mm lens – it’s very beauitifying! Hides all manner of sins, and distracts with lovely blurry backgrounds. Also lets lots of light in, because winter photos are the pits!

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    1. I would never have given animal prints a shot if it weren’t for Jungle January! It’s a fun reason to break out of ingrained habits!πŸ˜‰

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  1. Love your new top! I’m lagging way behind on my Jungle January plans, darn! I’ll undoubtedly end up meowing, growling and purring with the Furocious February’ists.

    Regarding the stay tape, I have some bias cut stay tape and it curves nicely around the neckline. I think I got it from Fabric.com. I’m mentally cataloging your technique in case I run out and need to improvise with straight grain typeπŸ˜€.

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    1. Bias cut stay tape??? Why have I never heard of that?! I will look for it next time I order from fabric.com. Thanks for the tip!
      (Oh, and there’s a proud tradition of being late for sewing challenges, I think – I am absolutely positive there will be February roundups for Jungle January!πŸ˜‰

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    1. I have never heard of or seen bias stay tape until you and Ginny mentioned it just now – I’ve got to get some! Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Thank you! I admit I haven’t made or worn a skirt myself in at least a year – I do wear heaps of dresses, though! It’s nice to be able to sew whatever we want, eh?

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  2. Psst! Gillian, you have sewn a third leopard print top (dark purple and black, for me). And guess what? It’s a cowl-necked Renfrew too!

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  3. Cute! And I’m a sucker for a cowl too.πŸ™‚

    I just pleat my stabilizing tape, but mine is an inch wide, so I don’t need to pleat very much for any curves I’ve ever done.

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  4. 1. Those glasses are really cute! (sorry to start with that but it was my first thought…πŸ˜‰
    2. Those photos are really pretty. New make-up? Or otherwise, the light was really really nice.πŸ™‚
    3. Love the top, it looks great on you! And I have no idea why I don’t own *any* cowl Renfrews!
    4. I use knit stay tape. It bends around curves very nicely. I got mine at Sunny’s/”A Fashionable Stitch”.

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  5. Rawr!!! Love this top! That fabric looks just lovely. I so need to bust open my Renfrew pattern. And I think I need some fabulous kitty print too. Your post has been so inspiring!πŸ™‚

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  6. Such a beautifully draping cowl! When I do reinforce knit necklines, I do just what you did. Also, Jalie has spoiled me with 1/4″ seam allowances and I cut everything down to that for knit tops unless I’m worried about fit.

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  7. Just discovered your blog from Rhonda Buss’ blog.πŸ™‚ Love!

    For the shoulder ease, I did the same thing. I serged them in flat, but forgot to take the whole 5/8″ seam allowance. You’re right, it does look like a ridiculous amount of fabric to be trimming off!

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