My Renfrew Top

If you’re following Sewaholic blog (which you must!), you must have known that Tasia has just released her latest pattern, The Renfrew Top. It’s a basic knit top pattern with three neckline and sleeve options; and I was lucky to be one of the pattern tester!

Renfrew top Renfrew top

The Renfrew Top

It is a simple pattern, easy to sew, yet has a professional and clean result. My favorite part is the sleeve and hem bands, no stretched out hems! You don’t have to use serger to sew the top. My Renfrew top was entirely sewed with zigzag stitch on my Janome set on 0.5-1 on width and 3 on length.

I made size 2 and shortened the bodice and sleeves to fit my body. The pattern calls for fabric with less than 5% spandex content, something that has enough stretch yet quite stable. Double knit will be a perfect choice for this, but I want to make it with something in my stash. I found some double-gauze striped knit and organic terrycloth knit fabric and decided to make two tops, one with a scoop neckline and the latter with V neckline.

As the top is quite simple, it may look like it doesn’t really need any detailed instructions. However, special attention is needed when sewing the neckline band. I was always curious on how to sew a V-neckline, fortunately the sewing instruction was very well-written so I didn’t encounter any difficulties.

The V neckline is a bit too wide for my taste, but it is still fine as I consider this version as my wearable muslin. I really love the striped top with scooped neckline. The double-gauze knit is also very comfortable, it is now one of my favorite top.

This experience as a pattern tester was quite enjoyable! I learned quite a few things like sewing a V neckline and got myself a couple of everyday tops as a result. I think this pattern has a pretty basic yet flattering shape, which makes it very versatile. As I always need some basic top to wear under jackets or other tops, this top perfectly fits my  need!

Renfrew top  Renfrew top

Renfrew top Renfrew top

Pattern is The Renfrew top by Sewaholic, size 2.

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  • Mike Colly

    Nice top, you look so beautiful and graceful in EVERYTHING you make! Case in point: you make a simple knit top and look like a ballerina, thanks for sharing.

  • ‘How to make a casual top look so stylish, by VPP’! This looks like a fabulous pattern. Thank you for sharing your findings.

  • Both versions are really cute! the double gauze one must me so comfortable!

  • Very cute. Reminds me of Burda patterns.

  • Oh, those tops look so comfy! My to do list is growing…

  • I think both of your tops turned out great. They look great on you! I’m not much of a t-shirt lover myself, but I may just have to try these tops.

  • It’s crazy how this EXTREMELY simple top has me hooked! Every pattern tester I’ve seen so far as raved over this pattern. It really does look like RTW (ready-to-wear). Tasia has a knack for her patterns. She is skilled in did. I like both of your versions.

  • Girl, you look so beautiful and graceful in EVERYTHING you make! Case in point: you make a simple knit top and look like a ballerina! Great job!

    • verypurpleperson

      Aww *blushing* You are too nice!

  • j’aime beaucoup tes petits hauts 🙂

    • verypurpleperson

      Arigatou gozaimasu! 😀

  • Amanda

    Oh my goodness these tops are so cute! I especially love that striped version. I can’t wait to get my hands on this pattern!

    I really love how yours turned out. Also those pants are adorable! 🙂

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you! The pants were actually jersey velvet legging from Uniqlo 🙂