When I placed my first (and so far only… the shipping to Canada is killer!) Girl Charlee order this summer, I included 2 yards of this AMAZING faux-fair-isle Christmas print. It seemed a little crazy in August, but oh well. I bought 2 yards of this, and a few yards of plain white, with the plan of combining them – white sleeves or collar on something. When I finally pulled it all out, I realized that I could just fit a 3/4 sleeve cowl-neck Renfrew tee in my size (6) out of the whole 2 yards of reindeer fabric, and even do some fabric matching! (the pattern envelope says 3 yards) I cut the front & back body first by folding the selvedges in to the middle, and cutting on those two folds, then I went back to standard fold-in-half to cut the other pieces out. I thought about which design band I wanted running across my chest – reindeer, obviously. Go big or go home!
There’s been a little detail in all the Renfrews I’ve made so far (3!) that I haven’t show on the blog. I don’t have any 1/4″ elastic or twill tape or anything to stabilize the shoulders, but I do have some pretty printed 5/8″ twill tape I bought on Etsy ages ago. I think I intended it for embellishments on greeting cards.
My blue Renfrew has a script alphabet tape, I chose the apples for this one as they’re appropriately Christmas-y coloured.
Bam! The other side seam is funny – the Fair Isle bands line up just fine, but as the width of the pieces isn’t something I could change without affecting fit, there’s a weird two-butts-no-head reindeer. I was also pretty successful matching the sleeve caps to the body, and I even ripped one out and did it again to make it match better. Yay knits stretching where you need them to! I chose to match the band of red hearts as the main point on the sleeve caps, because (due to curves) it’ll never be all perfect.
I also managed to cut the sleeve and hem bands so each one had a perfect row of reindeer prancing along them! I wasn’t concerned with where I cut the cowl pieces from, as it ends up all ruggledy around your neck anyway, although I wasn’t sure which way up things should be pointing. Should the inside piece be the same way up as the body pieces? I think I chose to have the outside bit the right way up, so when I pull it up to my nose and say “LOOK I MADE DIS” I’m a continuous column of reindeer stripes.
I love this season just obnoxiously enough that I will wear this multiple times, and not even only for special occasions/events. How about “it’s Thursday! Let’s wear reindeer!”?
I find it so hard to find jersey here that I probably will make more orders from Girl Charlee, I just have to work up the stomach to look at the shipping costs.