Thursday, October 16, 2014

Grey and White Stripe Renfrew

How is it possible that I've only made two Renfrews? You can see my first one here. I made today's version a few weeks (months?!) ago, and I've been wearing my two constantly. Like, never-make-it-to-the-hanger-straight-out-of-the-wash-onto-my-body kind of stuff.

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to take photos after running errands in the rain. Sorry I look like a wet dog. Also, growing out bangs sucks.

Anyway! The fabric I used is a cotton/spandex knit from Girl Charlee. I can't find it online anymore--sorry! It's a good weight, though I realized when I was finished that it's not completely opaque. As long as I leave the neon blue nude bra, we're cool.


This is a size 4, with short sleeves and a V-neck. On my first version, I removed quite a wedge from center-back using this tutorial. I got it in my brain that I could stand to remove a bit more (I have pretty narrow shoulders) so I took another wedge out. I think that was overdoing it, and it's a little tight across the back. It looks fine in these photos, but the first shirt is much more comfortable in terms of movement.

I'm always impressed by what a quick sew the Renfrew manages to be. It usually takes me 2 days (one to cut, one to sew) but that is fast by my standards. The only fiddly bit with this view is the V-neck, but I think it's worth it for that extra touch of femininity. One tip for the V-neck: use a scrap piece of knit interfacing (I got mine at Jo-Ann's) on the point of the V (on the shirt bodice) and it will keep your fabric from stretching all crazy. I also recommend basting the neck binding around the point before serging.

This wasn't on purpose, but I did manage to match the stripes on the bodice and sleeve.

...y'know, on one side only. Le sigh. Oh wait, I don't care! Sometimes it's nice not being terribly picky.

What else is there to say? I love this pattern and I've traced off the 3/4-length sleeve and scoop-neck bodice to make a few for fall/winter.

We're halfway through October, have you picked out a Fear Fabric yet? You could win a $35 gift card to Girl Charlee!


  1. Great stripe matching and it's my favorite color. :-)

  2. I just made my first Renfrew. I had the opposite problem. I need to widen the shoulders as it was a bit narrow for me, fine everywhere else though.

    1. I think fabric choice probably makes a big difference on fit as well. Knits are all so different!

  3. So cute! And you nailed that v-neck!

  4. very cute and a perfect v-neck :)

  5. And yep, I now have a fear fabric pre-washed and ready to go! Crossing my fingers I'll get it done by the end of the month, but it should be okay since unfortunately my project is totally easy and un-exciting... apart from my irrational fear of this fabric :D

    1. Woohoo, glad you'll be joining the Fear Fabric Challenge!


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