At times, I felt as if I was the only one who hadn't sewn the Renfrew. It was everywhere. Now I know why.
I cut the size 12, I made view C, cowl neck with 3/4 sleeves. The only alteration was to lengthen the sleeves by 2", I was afraid the band would hit at my elbow. I think this length is perfect. The only problems I found with the pattern were minor. First, both the short sleeve and 3/4 sleeve are marked piece # 6, when the short sleeve is really #5, and second, that there are no notches on the sleeves or bodice to ensure sleeves are inserted correctly. I just made my own single notch on front armscye and double notches on the back.
This pattern is sewn with a 5/8" seam allowance. That was perfect for everywhere but the body. Just a tad too snug, so from the underarm, to side hem, I sewed a 1/4" seam. That was perfect. I love the way the top fits through the neckline and shoulders. Very flattering.
The knit I used was not a stable knit but rather thin. It still worked out very well.
I did all of the construction using the stretch stitch on my machine, and used my serger to trim and neaten the inside seams.
I love this top. The cowl is the perfect length and requires no fussing with in order to lay nicely. I can not wait to try the other views.
Thank you Sewaholic!!
and if you can't sew
Enjoy doing what you can do!
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