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The perfect basic tee and our best-selling pattern! The Renfrew Top is a fitted knit top with sleeve and neckline variations. View A has long sleeves and a scoop neckline. View B has short sleeves and a deep V neckline. View C has a dramatic cowl neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. Mix and match any of the sleeves with any of the neckline options for unlimited possibilities!
This is the knit top pattern for people who dislike sewing with knits. Instead of standard machine-stitched hems, the sleeve and body hems are finished with bands. These banded hems are easy to sew and finish the edge in a professional-looking way.
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Posted by Rocking the Frock on 7th Dec 2014
I have yet to actually make regular clothing from this pattern, but I HAVE made a faux-chain maille shirt for a knight for "Alice in Wonderland," a velvet deconstructed shirt for a Khan costume, and by lengthening the body I have made a 1920's Swimsuit out of knit fabric. I look forward to seeing what it looks like in regular knit!
Posted by StPaulMom on 21st Jul 2014
I am an advanced beginner with garment construction. Just finished my first shirt with this pattern, and it fits very nicely. I used a stable knit with only about 20% stretch, and the sizing was right on. I think I'll try the next one with a stretchier knit and maybe go down a size. The directions were easy to follow and it came together in a cinch. I used a horizontal 1" stripe, and I think it took me longer to cut it out (fussing with the stripes) than to sew it.
Posted by Ann-Marie on 2nd Jun 2014
This was my first pattern from Sewaholic and what a great pattern it is! I cannot recommend d enough, go ahead and buy it you will not be sorry.
Posted by Claudia on 1st Apr 2014
Totally love this pattern! It's so easy to sew, even if you don't have a serger, and the result is a total success! It's such a pleasure to wear a T-shirt that fits just right. Note that it includes quite a bit of ease. I'm a perfect Sewaholic 10, but a 6 is slightly on the big side for me. Also, it's rather long (which I like!), so if you're short like me (5 feet), you'll probably want to shorten it. Alterations are supereasy, though, and now that I have the perfect T-shirt pattern, and with all the great options in the pattern, there will be many more in my future.
Posted by Kelly on 28th Feb 2014
I've only made one version of this so far (full-length sleeve with scoop neck) but it fit me so well that I am definitely going to make more! I added some applique to neckline to jazz it up a little, I can't wait to experiment more. Definitely great for a pear shape, the length was perfect to balance out my hips!
Posted by Jenny on 13th Jan 2014
The Renfrew is one of the best t-shirt patterns about, with so many variations! My latest is a stripy number, finished with pre-made bias tape. I also did coverstitching for the hems rather than bands, and it looks fab! http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/2014/01/stripes-upon-hudson.html
Posted by Becky on 2nd Dec 2013
I absolutely love this knit top. I'm more hourglassy than the target audience, but all I had to do was grade in a few sizes at the waist and it fit perfectly. The bands at the sleeve and hem are a great detail, and I love that they enable me to entirely construct it on a serger. That makes it a great instant gratification project!
Posted by Emily on 30th Nov 2013
This top is so good, I may never have to resort to ready-to-wear knit tops again!! I've already made three, and they're my favorite shirts to wear. There will be *many* more! This was also my first project sewing with knits, and it was super easy - Tasia leads you through each step with just enough detail to be helpful but not so much as to be overwhelming.
Posted by Jessica W on 30th Nov 2013
I have made 4 of these tops including them as gifts for some of my sisters. The directions are very easy to follow in the pattern, and I love the look and feel of this fit especially for those of us with larger hips! i have a very long torso, and didn't have to lengthen this top at all. Here are links to two of my finished renfrew tops!
Posted by Carolyn on 28th Nov 2013
By far my most-used pattern! I've made 8 of these tops, including all the neckline and sleeve variations. Like all Sewaholic patterns, the top is sized for a pear shape. If you're not a pear (like me), it will take some serious grading to make it fit properly (increasing in size in the shoulders/bust and decreasing at the waist/hips), but it's totally do-able. I love my Renfrews and wear them all the time!
Posted by Rebecca on 27th Nov 2013
I love this pattern! I am a girl of ample bosom and it fits amazing. I have made it in all of the styles with several different types of fabrics, including thermal waffle . I love them all and get compliments every time I wear them.
Posted by Femke on 27th Nov 2013
Of my little pattern collection this is the most used one. I've made it with the cowl and the round neck, but it's also been made with a boat neck, in heavier fabric as a sweater, lengthened to a dress... and probably more versions I've forgotten about. I made some completely with a sewing machine and some I've made with overlock/coverlock. The instructions are quite clear but this was my first foray into working with knit fabric so I was relieved there is extra info on the blog.
Posted by Cathddu on 27th Nov 2013
At last I've found the perfect t-shirt pattern. This is a good basic pattern that has been well cut and it will be a wardrobe staple. Having seen the variations on pinterest I am inspired to try a few ideas of my own.
Posted by Karina on 27th Nov 2013
I really enjoyed working with this pattern, instructions are great and easy to follow. I would say the only tricky part i had was with the cowl neck version, but located helpful information on the Sewaholic blog. So far made 4-5 and have many more planned in the future, it's a great basic! This has made me more confident to work with knits :)
Posted by sonia on 27th Nov 2013
Made straight out of the packet, with no adjustments. Made round neck and v neck short sleeve versions. One in a firm
t shirt jersey, the other slinky silky jersey. Both turned out fantastic, good fit and flattering (Sewaholic size 12 is my measurements exactly). Instructions very clear to follow, always a clever Sewaholic twist, this time the 1.5cm seam allowance given to sew the jersey on a sewing machine easily. Need to make more soon!