Thursday, December 27, 2012


I mentioned I'd bought some pricey patterns with my birthday money last month and one of them was the Renfrew tee from Sewaholic. I was excited to give this a try because there's so much you can do with a well-fitting basic t-shirt pattern! Well, I've made not one, but two and love both!! Casey was actually surprised these were not store bought, ha!

Here's the lace version I made last night. The girls took these pics, they're getting handy with the camera ;)

This lace print was gorgeous. I found it at Denver Fabrics for 2.97 a yard. It was not a typical border print, it had top and bottom borders, plus the big medallion one through the middle AND another one from selvage to selvage every so often! I knew squeezing a shirt around the borders would be tricky, but I had to have it because I love lace and I have a black lace top that I love and wanted to emulate. I think I made good use of those borders! The pattern is so great because it's easily adaptable. For this version, I added some gathers to the sleeves and omitted the hem band. 
 And here is my original version. This is a really soft and light rayon knit. It fit great right out of the package, I didn't make a muslin and I didn't trace my pattern pieces, *collective gasp*.

I'm super happy with this pattern purchase!!! I'm not used to paying more than a buck or two for patterns, but I'm trying to branch out for basics that I know will fit well and will get used over and over. This one will absolutely pay for itself over time!!


  1. Love, love, love the lace version - you are extremely creative to do this. Lucky you with a 'go-to-out-of-the-packet' top pattern to whip up whenever...J...

  2. Fabulous top - the lace top is so unusual - I have fabric envy. Great job.

  3. Your lace top is so pretty and unique. I'm definitely putting lace on my 'to buy' list now I've seen yours :)

  4. I just completed a version of this top and love it. I love, love, love, your lace fabric. You made great use of the print with this version of the Renfrew top.