May 06, 2012

Sew: White Linen Renfrew

This is my 5th Renfrew top but my first v-neck version and the one I had the most trouble with. I'm not very happy with the fit. The v-neck is all floppy. I originally made it in a size 16, sewing the side seams with a 2cm seam but there was an excessive amount of ease across my chest and under my armpits which caused the v-neck to flop open and fall off my shoulders. I fixed this by removing another inch from the armpit tapering to the sleeve cuff and hip.

I'm still not 100% happy with the fit but I'll still wear it. A white t-shirt is perfect for layering and the knit linen is beautiful. I think my next Renfrew will be a size smaller. It is amazing how much the fit and style of this pattern changes according to the type of fabric you chose. Does anyone else notice that?

Project Details
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew Top
Fabric: Snow White Sake Linen Knit from Tessuti

So this is my Me Made May Day 6 outfit - a Renfrew & an Infinity Scarf. I did wear two handmade items (a knit skirt and leggings) on Day 5 but I was gardening so not in a fit state to have my photo taken...

L x


  1. after watching all your renfrews pop up on flickr, i started reading your blog! i love all your sewing, you keep me motivated. i've only done one renfrew, and the knit was not very stretchy, so in a 12 it was too tight across the chest. now i'm wondering if i should try the same size with a stretchier knit or go up a size? are all your renfrews the same size? love your outfits - i bought the renfrew pattern b/c really i would wear a tshirt every day..!!

    1. Thanks Beth. The fabric makes a huge difference to the fit. So go up a size and then just change the seam allowance according to the fabric. Easy! Love the Renfrew.


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