Thursday, November 21, 2013

Renfrew 1201 by Sewaholic

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!!
Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't sew
Enjoy doing what you can do!
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  1. I wanted to get onto the Sewaholic Renfrew bandwagon but they only come in small sizes. And anything that has to be altered that much is not good for me. Looks great on you. Love your fabric. Looks fab with your skirt.

  2. Lovely Renfrew. Looks great with your Moss Mini.

  3. Love your version tremendously. I can't decide if I'm going to jump in since I love my Kwik Sew cowl neck but you are tempting me to reconsider.

  4. Hello,
    You don't still have the pattern pieces for this do you? I just finished cutting out my fabric to discover that I have lost piece 7, the bottom waist band. I checked with sewaholics and they don't offer replacement pieces. If you have the pieces still, would you be willing to tell me what the dimensions are so that I may recreate that missing pattern piece?
    Thank you,

    1. Hello Dear Baby. I do not have the piece handy, but recall I cut my own anyways. You just want it slightly snug around your hip plus 1/2" bkfor the seam allowances.