I’ve checked off the first box on my fall sewing list! Today I’m showing off 3 t-shirts, made with the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern. I made a variety of views of the pattern, with a variety of fabrics, and each turned out a little differently.
For test version I used a black rayon knit from my stash. This was originally a remnant from Joann’s, so it was probably 1 yard at most. I made the short-sleeve scoop neck version. This shirt has the fit that I had anticipated. Fitted, but not tight. It should be a great replacement for my Target black t-shirt that is so old I’ve worn a hole in it. Even though it’s lower than a crew neck, this isn’t a full scoop neck line like the Plantain. Fortunately, that means that this neckline doesn’t gape open when I bend over.
Next, I made this purple 3/4 sleeve, v-neck version with a rayon knit. I cut the same size as the black version, but this one feels tighter. This knit is a little less stable, so I may have stretched it a little bit when pinning on the pattern pieces, meaning that they turned out a little smaller than I intended. Nevertheless, this is probably my favorite of the three versions. It is extremely soft and comfortable, and can be dressed up or down.
My third version is grey with long-sleeves, and is made with a thinner poly-rayon blend. The fabric has stripes woven into its texture, which drew me to it. The shirt is the tightest of the three versions, and it is made from the thinest fabric, which probably isn’t the greatest combination. I also had to redo the neckline, and it looks like I stretched it out in the process. Nevertheless, I intended for this to be a layering piece, so I’m sure it’ll get plenty of wear.
On all 3 versions, I sewed the seams on my sewing machine with a zig-zag, and then finished the seams with my serger. I haven’t figured out a setting on the serger that I like yet for sewing seams, so this is my go-to strategy. I used the twin-needle on the sewing machine to top-stitch the necklines. I love the professional finish that this gives.
It’s been interesting to see how different the fit is on each of these shirts, despite them all being the same size. Fabric choice really does matter! If/when I make more of these, I may size-up just a hair, or maybe just use smaller seam allowances. The pattern is drafted for 5/8″, but it’s really easy to use 3/8″ with knit fabric.
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew, size 2
Fabric: 1 yard black rayon knit remnant from stash, 1.5 yards grey polyester-rayon-spandex rib knit @ $7.79/yrd, 1.5 yards purple rayon knit @ 8.99/yd (all from Joann’s)
Notions: 1/4″ elastic from stash
Cost: $ fabric + elastic from stash = $27.16 ($41.58 if you count the pattern)
Time: 6 hours (2 hours each)