Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Fabric: Sweatery knit from Metro Textiles in NYC
What’s there to say about Renfew that hasn’t been said already? This pattern has been reviewed by so many sewing bloggers and even though it’s a basic garment (think cake, not frosting), it seemed like a great wardrobe builder and has the potential for many design possibilities. Plus, Tasia’s patterns are well-drafted, wonderful to sew with and she offers tips on her site on how to make her patterns. And that’s why indie pattern companies rock – there’s all sorts of extra goodies like pretty packaging, well-written and clear instructions and illustrations, and an online community of support.
Following the sizing on the envelope, I cut out a size 6, which was almost spot on with my measurements. My finished top ended up fitting a little looser than I like for my knit tops, but that’s ok for this rendition – I wanted the fit to feel like a sweatshirt. For the next Renfrew I make (and oh yes, there will be more), I’ll probably cut out a 4 and grade it to a 6.
Stitching it up was a breeze as well, talk about instant gratification. I made it up in the morning and wore it out to go yarn shopping later that afternoon. Win!
The fabric – can I say yum? It’s a thick, buttery knit that’s almost sweater-like, but feels like a luxurious sweatshirt. I originally hoped that I had enough for the cowl version of this top but a only a yard and a half, I could only squeak out the scoop neck version. It’s such a dream to wear and I feel comfy but don’t look like a grungy college student – it’s sweatshirt chic.
If you haven’t sewn a Renfrew: DO IT. There’s a reason everyone raves about this pattern!