After so many successful Renfrews, I was bitterly disappointed with this one, a mixed ponte. It possibly was doomed from the start, and I never wanted to admit it.
The fabric was a last minute grab from the Remnants table at Tessuti. It’s a beautiful ponte, and very much a stable knit. So stable that it doesn’t stretch and give like I need it to. The Renfrew pattern is fine for larger busts with grading, but I found this was so stable I needed to have done a FBA so it would sit properly around the armscye.
The purple had a fault running down the grain, which I didn’t notice but until after I greedily cut out my pattern, and the fault ran through both sleeves and the waistband. What to do? Mix up the colours of course *slaps head*. This would have worked better if the neck line was also in black. But it’s not. Because I bought just enough black ponte to eek out sleeves and a waistband, and did not have enough for the neckline.
I also lengthened the waist, which works with a more stretchy knit, but this just shows that a swayback adjustment is probably in order. Especially with the back lengthened to cover le bum.
Now what to do with it? It’s my most expensive Renfrew made, and I detest it. So far I’ve come up with two ideas, one being to cut it up and try and salvage the fabric for something for the baby, and the other idea is to try and fix it somehow? The mixed colours work when I lift my arms like a raglan top. Maybe if I trim out the excess around the tummy a little it might be ok?
OR….could I trim it at the waist and add a black skirt? What do you think?