Monday, January 23, 2012

My Perfect New Cowl–The Renfrew Top

If you are a follower of Tasia over at Sewaholic, then you heard about her latest pattern release this week, The Renfrew Top.


A little more than a month ago, I was able to test out this pattern for Tasia. It’s so much fun to be a pattern tester. It was really fun to test a pattern for myself rather than my kids this time too!

This is a great basic tee-shirt design with neckline options and three sleeve length options. It also features banded hems, so no worries about hemming knits with this pattern.

I opted for view C, the Cowl neckline with long sleeves. It is winter here after all. I used a ponte roma knit print from Hancock, I had my eye on it for a while, but when I went to pick it up for this top, it had gone on clearance for $5/yd! Yeah!!

I cut a strait size 8 and followed the instructions almost completely. They are very well written with great illustrations too. The only change I made was to construct it on my serger; the instructions are for sewing on a regular machine. Then, after sewing it up, I did end up narrowing my sleeves just a bit from the elbow down – I have kind of tiny wrists… it runs in the family.



Here’s a close up of the cowl, which I’m totally in love with. It is, in my opinion, the perfect cowl. I have big plans for this cowl. Hopefully coming soon. We’ll see, I have so much I want to sew, so little time…



And just for kicks, here’s a “great” shot of me adjusting my camera…


And one of my little man, who thought taking pictures with a remote was very, very cool.


So, if you’re looking for a really nice basic tee or a super cool new cowl, I highly recommend the Renfrew top – head over here to get your own!!


  1. What a fantastic cowl/tee!! Thanks for the review.

  2. Okay, I'm sold. I was trying to save my coins for random online fabric sales, but you hooked me in with your review from patternreview. I told myself not to click on the link to your blog to see more pics...why didn't I listen. Let me just go peek at the sewaholic site, I hope that I do NOT see any other patterns on their site that I like. If I purchase a pattern, it will be my first from this company. Thanks for the review and gorgeous pics.

  3. I just became your newest follower, hopped over from Simple Simon. That top looks great! Oh, and those jackets you made for your kids, awesome!

  4. Love reading your blog when I get a chance to pop in and am really excited about this top! Great review, great pics - can't wait to make one for myself!

  5. I have this pattern on my list. Really love the fit in the illustrations.

  6. Hi Jennifer, I came across your blog by who-knows-what, but I'm so glad I found it! You really make awesome and perfectly sewn clothes and wow... your daughters and son are só cute. Great models to be inspired by I guess! I will definitely be stopping by regularly from now on. Bye! Silvia

  7. This is so cute! I just got this pattern and I was trying to decide what neck to make! Great job!


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