Last weekend we had a most glorious mid winters day which was perfect for giving my new top it's first outing.
I couldn't wait to sew up the Renfrew after it arrived in my mailbox. I was looking through my stash wondering which fabric I should use thinking about all the great versions I had seen but the one that I just couldn't get past was Tasia's cowl neck made in animal print. I do love a cowl neck and add animal print to the mix; I mean what more could you ask for. It's so awesome and I really love it, so when I saw the same fabric just waiting there calling out "pick me" how could I refuse. My first version of the Renfrew was destined to be the cowl neck style in animal print just like Tasia's. Yeah I know, kinda copycat! Hope you don't mind Tasia. You know that copying is the best form of flattery. don't you :)
Usually I would put pattern preparation on the back burner. It's probably the one part of sewing I like the least but when my measurements fitted exactly to 'one' size on the envelope and the finished measurement had just the right amount of ease I was very impressed. To discover that I wasn't going to have any forseeable fit issues was a dream come true and I couldn't wait to get started. It was an such an easy make and the instructions were so easy to follow that I think I'm in love. It's super comfortable to wear and I absolutely love it. I can see so many more Renfrew's joining my wardrobe that I might verge on obsession but right now I can't wait to get started on my next one. OK! I get it! I'm raving! BTW did I tell you how much I love this pattern? :)
Have you made the Renfrew? Do you love it as much as I do?
My pattern review
Fitted knit top with banded hems with sleeve and neckline variations.
0 - 16; I made size 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy. It was a dream to sew.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I particularly like the fit of this pattern. Unlike the Big Four commercial companies there was just the right amount of ease. I also like that no alterations were needed for my body shape; that I could just make a straight size without blending them.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.
I didn't need to make any alterations except to shorten the waist length, it was like a made to measure pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! I already have and will again several times over. And yes I would definitely recommend it.
I can't recommend this pattern enough. It was so easy to sew and it fits perfectly with just the right amount of ease and it's super comfortable to wear. I am so excited about this pattern that I fear it will be added to my wardrobe so often that I will have nothing else but Renfrew tops to wear.
|Blue wren in flight in front of our car|
|Mother whale with baby frolicking in the sun|