I made my second Renfrew top today, and boy, was it a bear. But it came out OK in the end.
I used this very cute fabric I ordered from GirlCharlee.com (Thanks, Lisa!), a cotton/rayon jersey.
Nice and soft, with lots of drape. My main problem was that after washing, the grainline was very skewed. I again spent a ton of time trying to straighten it out, but finally decided to just let it be off grain. I figure, most of the tee shirts I've purchased (I won't say from where) are off grain too, so how bad could it be? Well, it could be very bad - one of the reasons I wanted to make my own is that I get really sick of the tees twisting around my body because they weren't cut straight. But I now have a little more empathy with the folks who sew up our RTW items. You can bet I'll be researching how to true up grain on knits, but if anyone has thoughts on this, chime right in!
The tee came out looking good in the end; we'll see how it fares after washing. I did it the same way I did my first one, completely on the serger and sans topstitching around the bindings. To me the topstitching really gives a tee a sporty look, and this fabric doesn't scream "sporty." Rather, it whispers, "cute."
I spread it out on the bed because if I'd tried to hang it up, it would just collapse on itself! That's how silky it is! Feels great next to the skin.
I know I owe you guys a bunch of modeled pictures of stuff I've finished lately! I've been spending a fair amount of time trying to finish up my spring cleaning before my niece comes for the rest of the summer, and once I'm in my grubbies, I just can't seem to find the energy to clean myself up and take pictures!