Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Animal Print Renfrew

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 

Pattern Description:
Fitted knit top with banded hems with sleeve and neckline variations.

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Fabric Used:
Cotton knit/jersey

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.

I thought I'd just leave you with a couple of scenes from our day out whale watching.  Enjoy!

Blue wren in flight in front of our car
Mother whale with baby frolicking in the sun


  1. Certainly, this top looks very comfortable .... It's soooo nice! I'm sure it will take a lot of wear ... Love those beautiful pics of the sea ... Happy week, dear friend!

    1. It's very comfortable and I love that it can be worn as a casual top with jeans or dressed up a bit with a nice skirt. I'll certainly wear this one lots :)

  2. Hurrah for Renfrew - it is a true winner in my books too - & yours is miaou! And I pick up the awesome vibes from your whale watching trip - so special! I loved it when I went out in the Med.

    1. It's definitely a winner for me. I can't get enough of it :)

      Yes, whale watching is really special - they're so majestic.

  3. You've done a great job with this very popular pattern; it looks really nice :) And what a glorious day out.... Whales! eeee!

    1. Thanks. I can see why it's such a popular pattern. Yep, whales! They visit the beach where I now live every winter. It's so cool to watch them.


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