Cranberry Renfrew.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I've done a bit of sewing for myself recently, but I haven't shared it because of photography challenges.  Aside from the most obvious challenge --dealing with personal body and fit issues, and putting every unflattering bit out there for anyone to see-- I find that it's hard to get good photos of my clothing when I cannot take the pictures myself.  Maybe I need to invest in a tripod and remote control or something.  But even that won't solve the problem of such limited daylight during my time to play around with photography. 

I feel like everyone out there in the blogosphere has made a Sewaholic Renfrew, so the awesomeness of this shirt is old news.  But, hey, it's really an awesome pattern!  I made the cowl-neck version.  And I made it ages ago, before it turned hot in Texas.

I used a jersey knit that I bought someplace when I first started buying fabric.  It's been sitting on my shelf for years now, just waiting for the right project to come along.  The fabric is a bit thin, and the edges curl up terribly, but I love the colors and made it work (thank goodness I didn't have to hem!).  Funny thing -- I swore up and down that I'd prewashed it, but when I started pressing during construction, it definitely smelled unwashed.  So I was very afraid that it would shrink and I'd only get one wear out of it.  I've been careful not to dry it, and I've had no shrinkage problem.  Whew.
This is what I'd look like if I were a giant, wearing a giant Renfrew shirt:

I made this according to the instructions exactly, even sewing seams on the sewing machine first before finishing with the serger (made those curling edges much easier to deal with).  Size 4 was just right for me.  There might be just a bit of extra fabric in the waist, especially at the back, but I think it's fine for this style of shirt, and especially in knit fabric.

I wore it to work a few times.  This is what it looks like after a long day of work, from the perspective of a six-year-old photographer:

I'm pretty sold on the Sewaholic patterns.  I've got a Hollyburn skirt I need to photograph, and I'm hoping to sew a Cambie dress soon.  I'm already eyeing the newest pattern, Tofino PJ pants, and I can't wait to see what Tasia (who really is as cute and inspiring as it gets) comes up with next.


  1. I love it! And the pictures look great! I have had one cut out for so long and you are inspiring me to get on with it already :)

  2. Looks great! I love the way it looks on you.

  3. Your Renfrew looks great on you! I've been eyeing this pattern for what feels like forever...I think it's time I got myself a copy.;)