Sewaholic Renfrew

After getting 22 pounds of fabric on Thursday, I decided that I had to get some things made this week-end! I started with Sewaholic’s Renfrew pattern, which arrived earlier this week. I love cowl collars, which is why I picked up this pattern. It is also a very well-reviewed pattern for knits and I am learning how to deal with knits, which can be a challenge.

I bought four metres of  black rayon jersey for mocking up knit garments. This jersey is not fun to work with, but it shows the properties of the garment to be made. It has excellent drape, which also makes it really hang around heavily while sewing! It does not go through the machine easily and the topstitching I did on the fitting garment was horrible!

Here's my fitting garment in black rayon jersey. I love the collar!

Here’s my fitting garment in black rayon jersey. I love the collar!

I also like that there are cuffs on the sleeves, which is where I ran into topstitching issues on the mock up. Sorry, I will not be showing close ups of that!

I used my Grape/Magenta/Grey Sparkly Abstract Block Print ITY Knit to make the garment. That is the name that Fabric Mart gave to this fabric. I suppose it is rather appropriate.

I love this print.

I love this print.

This was a much easier fabric to work with than the jersey. It took stitches really well and was not so shifty. The top looks better on a form than on the table.

Here is the Renfrew on my dress form.

Here is the Renfrew on my dress form.

Not only are there cuffs and a fabulous cowl collar, there is also a waistband along the bottom.

A closer look at the cowl!

A closer look at the cowl!

Given the fit, I could probably get away with an 8 next time. My usual size in Sewaholic is 10, but knits are forgiving and this pattern skims the body. I like it!

Here is the cuff! I opted for topstitching with a regular straight stitch.

Here is the cuff! I opted for topstitching with a regular straight stitch.

I can see many more Renfrews in my future! There are two other views to this pattern, with different neck lines. There are also sleeve options to make a variety of tops in fun knit prints.

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