Well I utterly failed at Jungle January. I have documented the sewing machine failure (and the subsequent sewing machine delight) that hampered my completion of this make - I had the fabric cut at the start of January and due to various sewing machine issues finally got around to sewing it up at the end of the month.
Anyway, this was my second version of the Renfrew. I used a fab green animal print jersey from Mandors. I love the colour but actually it wasn't great fabric. As it cost about £8 or £9 a metre I presumed it would be a good quality jersey, however it was not very stretchy and the resulting top seems to have come out a lot bigger than my last spotty Renfrew, somehow. Having been through the wash a few times now, I've also found that it is looking rubbed and worn in some areas. Not impressed with that quality! The larger size isn't too much of an issue since I will be growing bigger in the near future - I'm 23 weeks in the photos shown here. I can't see this version lasting beyond my pregnancy to be honest due to the fabric quality.
The only modifications I made were to add a couple of inches to the length. This is the perfect length for me, not only because the bottom band now sits comfortably below my bump. Sewing it was an utter JOY using my new Janome. I probably didn't even need a ballpoint needle, it's that good a machine, compared to the struggles that developed sewing jersey on my old Singer. Incidentally, I sold my old machine on Gumtree, to a lovely lady who was a beginner and wanted to make her own curtains but didn't want to pay the ridiculous amount she was being quoted for curtain making. I hope it serves her well.
Also, I believe some of you can make the Renfrew using about 1 metre of fabric while I need most of the 1.4 or so metres recommended. What's the secret?! I am a little paranoid of moving the cutting layout around with this top, in case some pieces don't have the stretch going in the right direction. But please share your secrets if you can!
Thanks to Anne of Pretty Grievances for hosting Jungle January, it was great to see all the round ups of everyone's animal print makes, and to have a reason for making this top.