The Renfrew is now my favorite T-shirt

Creating the prized t-shirt. This is my favorite make of all comfort makes.  But today I just didn't have enough fabrics for the full collar affect so I just folded out whatever amount necessary for it to fit on the fabric I did have available. 
That was a sum total of three inches I will not be enjoying. Thus, I needed to make a complimentary contrasting piece for the main collar piece. No problem. Black it is for this make. That should be a great addition to the wardrobe. 

Of course the black is a rayon knit in a comparable quality and weight. So this should wear quite nicely.  The dotted fabric is a mid weight rayon jersey with beautiful drape from FabricDepot in Portland and the black is a Donna Karen rayon jersey from NYC I got on the Peggy Sagers fabric shopping trip last year.
Oh did I mention the measurements of the pattern?  I'm cutting the size 14. They measure at the bust 39.5, waist 35.5, and hips 41.5. I cut the hip at 16 and I'm good with the negative ease of the bust and the looseness of the waist. Very comfortable indeed.  I also liked the idea of installing the sleeves flat.
That really worked great.  And for the neckline. Well I missed the boat on that one and did it backwards.   I ended up with the stitched seam to the public side this I had to encase it into a seam that made it look like a bound seam.
It actually looks pretty nice. So much for following directions. They were extremely easy for beginners but not so much for advanced folks since we tend to have a hard time sticking to the script. Here is a random video I did of all my bloopers when I was trying to film a tutorial for my Youtube channel.  Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already.  Enjoy. 
Needless to say I'm really happy with my new five thread chain stitch plus overlock serger. I have always been a little intimidated by those machines. But you can actually teach an old dog new tricks. It's just takes patience. 

The this turned out out makes me believe that running out of fabric is actually a good thing. 


  1. I'll say so to Ms. Andrea! We need to make mistakes more often if they turn out like this top, very, very nice!! Great live YouTube stream today too!

    1. Thank you Myra. I appreciate you participating in the live video.

  2. Very nice,Andrea! I thought about getting this pattern,also. Did you make a FBA on this?

    1. Hello Dara, yes I did do a small 3/4" adjustment in the side seam.

  3. This top is beautiful - I love it!

  4. Wonderful job, do you do " private sessions???


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