Pattern Review: Sewaholic Renfrew

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Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Size: 6
Fabric: Sweatery knit from Metro Textiles in NYC

Skinnies: Tommy Hilfiger
Shades: Tommy Hilfiger
Flats: Aerosoles
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red

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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!

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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!



  1. October 10, 2012 / 1:22 am

    I love this version! Well done- and such great styling! I am gearing up to try a Renfrew with a cowl… Hope it looks as styling as this one!

  2. October 14, 2012 / 1:04 am

    Cute, cute, cute! I love your styling. I made one in a sweatshirt fleece that was a bit too snug, so I gave it to a friend. I need to try again!

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