Posted on Wednesday the 27th December 2017 by Handmade by Lara Liz
Hi Everyone! This is Lara from Handmade by Lara Liz back for my sixth make as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. It’s starting to get very chilly here in Virginia in the United States and there’s nothing I find comfier in the winter than a long sleeve t-shirt or sweatshirt! I’m here sharing my new Renfrew Top in a beautiful Art Gallery Knit Fabric.
The Renfrew Top Sewing Pattern is a basic tee pattern from Sewaholic with a banded hem and various options. It has two sleeve options - short and long - and three neck options - scoop, v-neck or cowl neck.
I love sewing t-shirt patterns. I’ve made so many different patterns up over the past year and I love that each one fits a little bit of a different need in my handmade closet. This pattern is unique with its banded hem and cuffs and the ability to add a cowl neck.
I’ve never made up any of the Sewaholic patterns but have really always wanted to give them a try. I was nervous about the fit so I think a knit garment was a good first pattern to try. This pattern fits me perfectly and now I’m kicking myself for letting it sit in my pattern stash for so long! I can’t wait to try the Granville Shirt from Sewaholic next – it’s another one that has been sitting in my stash for far too long.
I also want to try out another view of this top. I think the cowl neck version would be another great version that would look pretty different from this version but would still use the same pattern. I love when t-shirt patterns have a couple different views so that if it’s a good fit for you, you can make it over and over again.
A key driver of how I can tell how much I love the pattern is whether or not once I try it on for the final time after finishing it if I want to take it off or wear it the rest of the day. This definitely passed that test with flying colors and I wore it the entire rest of the day after making it one morning.
I have so many favorites on this top – the banded hem and sleeves make it “sweatshirt cozy” while still having the structure of a t-shirt. Also, the scoop neck is a perfect amount of scoop for me and a nice thickness as well. Also, I think this fabric is a great pair – if you haven’t sewn with Art Gallery Knits, I highly recommend them. They are extremely soft and make great t-shirts and t-shirt dresses.
The only thing I didn’t love about this top was that the seam allowances are 5/8”. I sewed mine entirely on my overlocker which was a bit more challenging with a larger seam allowance – I prefer a 3/8” seam allowance on my knit garments – but if that’s the only “complaint” I would say that’s not too bad!