Heavy Necking

Let me tell you about my crush-from-afar relationship with the Renfrew top. I have been peeping other peoples’ Renfrew projects for SEVERAL months now, possibly since I started sewing in September of last year. The two Renfrews that I checked out most often were the mustard yellow cowl by one of my all-time favorite bloggers, LLADYBIRD, and the leopard print cowl on Tasia’s Sewaholic site. I wanted them both. WANT! My desire for my own Renfrew finally got the best of me during the recent #furloughcraziness of 2013. I decided last week was as good a time as any to play with a jersey/knit fabric and get over any nervous feelings I had towards that type of fabric; plus, I paid $5 for a paper bag that was brimming over with fabric, and the hunter green jersey fabric I used was part of that mix.

My measurements fall between the 6 and 8; since I didn’t feel like squishing into a top that is supposed to fit comfortably, I cut out an ocho. While the majority of the pattern instructions were intuitive, I definitely referred to Tasia’s blog for “that tricky cowl neck,” and she did not steer me wrong! Once I was through the cowl, I spent about the length of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sewing the rest together at a slow pace. After dinner, it took me about an hour to pop the hem band and sleeve cuffs on the shirt and then, done! You, too, can have your very own Renfrew in a matter of hours and with the extra pattern guidance posted on Tasia’s blog.

Project Summary:

  • Love for Renfrew: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
  • Time to Make: 2.5 hours
  • Cost to Me: $2.50 for fabric and notions, 16.00 for the pattern, but i am totally making more sooo the pattern cost will go down!
oh, yeah!
oh, yeah!
bam!
bam!
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