Ahhh, the Sewaholic Renfrew. Beloved by all and probably the most sewn cake pattern out there. It’s definitely my most-sewn pattern for sure, including some Franken-patterns (mixing 2 different patterns for a new kind of beast!).
It’s an easy enough pattern to sew and Tasia’s instructions are always amazing and usually teach me a new trick or two. I just suggest not starting out with the V-neck variety as it can be a little tricky to get right.
#1 was completed right after my wedding festivities ended in October 2013. After making so many fabric flowers and random knick knacks, I was itching to get back into sewing clothing.
I sewed a straight size 4… or 6… I can’t remember but I definitely could have gone up a size. I think I lengthened the waist about an inch or two. This pattern is made for someone who is 5’4″ and I’m a good 3.5″ taller than that… so this doesn’t come as low on me as I would like. I am also not a huge fan of the hem band since it tends to creep up on me.
That V-neck was a BEAST to sew – mostly because I’m just a spaz. Unfortunately this version does not get worn much since it’s a bit short and the fabric quality isn’t all that great (yay for sometimes questionable fabric at SAS!).
The fabric is from GirlCharlee.com and it’s one of the better quality fabrics I’ve gotten from them. This has seen lots of laundry rounds and it’s holding up pretty well.
I lengthened this shirt by a good 4″ from the lengthen/shorten line on the pattern and I think it’s just about right. I’m also totally digging the 3/4 length sleeves!
Wow what a difference a little makeup makes, huh? Anyhoo, for #3 I went with the same idea for the hem but didn’t lengthen the pattern as much since this is not a stretchy fabric at all. I think it’s a 30% stretch medium weight jersey from GirlCharlee.com. Not much stretch = not as comfy 😦
I still bust it out every now and then, but not usually during the super hot summer-time as it’s a bit thick and I need clothing made of angel whispers or clouds to combat the desert heat and scorching sun.
Striking a pose with a curious kitty!
Oh, deer! I attempted the dreaded V-neck again and after 4 tries, it came out pretty OK!
This fabric is the same weight/stretch as #3 and is also from GirlCharlee.com. I need to pay more attention to stretch-factor when ordering online!
So there’s my parade of Renfrews! I know there’s millions of these out in the blogosphere, but I think it’s fun to see other people’s interpretations. Also, these fabrics are just too cute not to share.
Is there a pattern you love to sew over and over again, a TNT (Tried ‘N’ True)? I’d love to know!