Added Nov 20, 2013
The sewaholic renfrew might be a basic boring top, but it sure is versatile – which is why it goes on exciting outings with me. As lovely as vintage inspired dresses that I love so much are, they can’t exactly handle hikes up in countryside or random rainstorm. Hooray for renfrew!
I made these 2 tops (plus a skirt, Simplicity 2368) on my treadle while I was in Benin so I had to choose very basic patterns that were easy enough for me to handle with my machine. I waited to hem the purple skirt until I was in London and could borrow a friend’s machine and her twin needle – MAGIC – hem was nice and flat and perfect. The cowl neck fabric was drapier while the purple was a bit stiffer – so I have a few neck draglines that I aim to fix with my future scoop neck renfrews. In the end I’m very happy with these makes as I really can wear them anywhere.
More photos here: http://cathywu.com/journal/treadling/2013/11/08/diagonal-striped-sewaholic-renfrew-cowl-neck/ and at http://cathywu.com/journal/treadling/2013/11/11/sewaholic-renfrew-again-simplicity-2368-skirt/ as well
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