Happy weekend! Here’s my scoop-neck Renfrew shirt from Sewaholic Patterns. I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago while waiting out the hurricane (I was fortunate enough not to lose power, or worse).
Similar to my first version, I’ve already worn this shirt a bunch of times. It’s so practical and comfy! I can wear it to work, to dinner with friends, around the house or for outdoorsy work (all of which has happened between this version and my first). That’s what I call a good deal right there.
In this photo I’m also wearing my new dangly red shell earrings that I bought from Jenn’s Handmade Jewelry on Etsy. Yay, I love red!
I picked up this knit a year ago when I was pattern testing this top for Tasia, but I ended up using other fabrics. The black stripes on a white background remind me of sheet music, which makes me think I’m missing some musical notes to go with it! I think I’m starting to figure out the amount of stretch a knit should have for a top like this. It can be tricky at first, but through practice and wear it all starts to come together.
My first attempt at matching stripes! It was satisfying to pin the seams together at the lines to make sure everything matched up. Not too shabby.
The one change I made this time around was to transition down to a size 4 at the shoulders. Because this pattern is designed for pear shapes and I’m more of a rectangle, I used varying sizes: (top to bottom) 4-6-4-0. Hey, that kinda looks like musical notes. :) The shirt would also look nice tucked in to a high-waisted pencil skirt like the red one I have planned!
Tasia wrote a post recently about where she likes to put the stay tape at the shoulder (check out her “Renfrew tips” series). She prefers it on the front seam, but I actually like it on the back seam since it’s hidden when you press the seam towards the back. For this top, I used off-white twill tape and serged the seams afterward. The rest of the top is serged, but just keep in mind you can sew this top with a regular sewing machine.
I’m loving having more long-sleeved tops around. The next Renfrew I’d like to make is the cowl neck version with long sleeves in maybe a thicker off-white or black knit to keep me toasty this winter. But for now I’m actively working on the muslin and planning of my tailored coat. It’s exciting and I’ll post an update soon!
And I’ll leave with this shot of the bagel place where the first photo in this post was taken – Tompkins Square Bagels to be exact. It was too cold to go outside, but I would’ve loved to have taken a photo with my top in front of these sassy bagels. And look, the one with the blue hat is holding a boom box that’s booming…musical notes! A perfect match for my sheet music top.