First, I have to say that this cowl knit top was the quickest and easiest pattern I’ve ever sewed. This is of course Sewaholic’s Renfrew pattern. My sister had been singing Sewaholic’s praises for a while, and especially this pattern since it’s so versatile. Of course I had to try it.
It all started when my sister was visiting about two months ago and we took our obligatory trip to the Garment District to go fabric shopping. I planned on going purely as an observer and advisor—I was on a bit of a spending diet at the time. But once she started amassing a ton of fabric bolts at Metro Textile, I found my willpower going by the wayside. When she selected this multi-gray striped knit, I fell in love and had to get some for myself. In addition to loving anything in stripes, I knew stripes would be a big trend this spring. Funnily, we planned the fabric for the same pattern. Gotta love those crafty genes! You can see her completed Renfrew cowl top here on her blog, Sew Wrong.
I was a little nervous about sewing with striped fabric. But Sewaholic came to the rescue. Every question I had on the pattern, she answered in her corresponding blog tutorial–including how to match stripes! What a lifesaver! If only the big pattern companies offered tutorials.
While I was sewing, I had her blog posts on my iPad so I could sew along. Honestly though, if I had been a little more advanced, I wouldn’t have needed the blog posts since the pattern itself is so clearly written.
Any mistakes I made were all on me. For one, I didn’t rotate the sleeve pattern so that the stripes would appear horizontal instead of vertical. Oops! I decided to just go with it though. I did the same thing with the waistband, but I did go back and cut it out correctly later. That would have looked weird, I think. The stripes at the shoulder cap match for like, a second, but I’ll have to get over that.
Did I mention I had to do ZERO altering? The sizing was 100% spot on—including the shoulder width. Score! I’ve never had this experience with the big pattern companies. This pattern is my personal MVP. It’s so good that I will need to reinforce the pattern with interfacing. Guess where I read about that tip? Oh, on Sewaholic’s blog. Brilliant!