Fabric is from Girl Charlee "Fox family on Blue Cotton Blend Jersey." I feel the need to do some full disclosure on this particular yardage.
-The fox print is very cute and the colors are bright.
-The price is very reasonable at $6.50 per yard.
-The base fabric is cheap feeling and if I hold it up to the light it's semi transparent.
-On my piece the grain is skewed. The pattern does seem to be printed on the straight grain so maybe one could block this straight if they wished.
-It has very little stretch in any direction. Too be fair the fiber content is clearly stated and the fabric has no fibers like spandex woven in to increase it's stretch. That means the fabric only has "mechanical stretch," it stretches cause knit construction is inherently stretchy.
I've ordered from Girl Charlee before and knew what to expect in terms of quality. I decided that the price point was low enough to make up for any inadequacies with the fabric. Those foxes where just too cute to pass up. Now on with the tutorial bit.
How to turn your Renfrew into a boat neck
Notes - All my Renfrew seam allowances have been trimmed down to 1/4 in this example. Use the seam allowances you are comfortable with. The coverstitch machine can be substituted for a twin needle or a zig-zag stitch on your regular machine.
1. Trace the front of the Renfrew and extend the CF line up to the shoulder.
5. Moving on to the back pattern. Here only the shoulder width needs to be adjusted to match the front. Measure 2.5" from the outside of the shoulder and mark. You can double check by putting your new front piece next to it.
7. Your back piece is now done.
1. Sew together the shoulder seams of the shirt. Then sew together the shoulder seams of the facings.
6. Finally we're gonna trim the facing down to the coverstitch. Use a small pair of scissors and go as slow as you need to. When you're done the neckline will have a nice tidy binding.
Additional changes to this pattern were:- Narrowed the lower half of the sleeve by 1/2" at the cuff, tapering the new seam up to the elbow area.
- Added 2" additional length to both the sleeves and body of the shirt. The shirt was then finished with 1" coverstitched hems.