Sewaholic Patterns Renfrew Top
“The perfect basic tee! The Renfrew Top is a fitted knit top with sleeve and neckline variations. View A has long sleeves and a scoop neckline; View B has short sleeves and a deep V neckline; and, View C has a dramatic cowl neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. Mix and match any of the sleeves with any of the neckline options for unlimited possibilities!”
0 – 16. I made a size 6.
The more I sew, the more I love Sewaholic Patterns. The founder of this company, Tasia St. Germaine, drafted these patterns for women with a pear figure – that is, women who carry their weight through their hips and are proportionally smaller through the waist and chest. Women like me!
It’s the ultimate comfy knit tee, which makes it a great wardrobe builder, and fits oh so perfectly!
The Renfrew Top can be customized dozens of ways: make it in a scoop or V-neck, or try the cowl to dress it up a bit. Sleeves can be short, three-quarter, or long. All versions use a waistband and a cuffed sleeve, which makes finishing easy. (Super easy. I literally made four of these shirts in one week.)
Although the pattern calls for stable knits, I found that just about any knit works well. Slinky rayon knits made a nice light-weight T-shirt, while the soy/cotton blend worked great for a slightly heftier cowl-neck version. I used this sweet Japanese gauzy double-knit to line the cowl of one of my Renfrews, which added a cozy pop of color and design. I even made a short-sleeved basic black wool jersey version – a bit scratchy, but great for winter layers!
Just a few months ago I swore there were things I would never sew – underwear, jeans, and T-shirts, for example. But with patterns like the Renfrew Top, I’m changing my tune. Sewing wardrobe basics is incredibly satisfying – they fit perfectly, sew up quick, and last forever!
I highly recommend this pattern, especially for women who are pear-shaped. I just recommend you copy your size onto some Swedish tracing paper first, because this is a pattern you’ll use again and again.