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I’m not the first person, and I won’t be the last to fall in love with the Renfrew Tee. It’s everything a t-shirt pattern should be—flattering, functional , and fast. This will definitely become a staple, and more than that—a fantastic base pattern. It’s got a beautiful fit so it’s a perfect jumping off point to alter or draft any number of different styles and looks.
The very first thing you notice when beginning this project is how commercial the pattern is—sort of. It has the tissue paper patterns, which I love, and also the traditional flow and fold-out format. What’s very UNcommercial, is how fresh and very clear it is, with awesome step-by-step diagrams. The instructions are detailed and thorough, and perfectly illustrated.
It comes together smoothly and pretty quickly. One thing that I really loved was the neckband to neck opening ratio, as well as the markings for matching them up. She’ll nailed it! Usually—like always—you have to work with that distribution to get it to lie perfectly flat, but this pattern really took the guess work out of it and resulted in a lovely-looking neck band. This one was a picture the very first time, so that was great. Instead of turning the hems under, this pattern finishes both sleeve and hem with bands. I lengthened the sleeve a tad and did the sleeve bands, but opted to hem mine normally because I (foolishly) only bought a yard to work with and didn’t have enough fabric. It’s an easy alteration though; just add 5 or 6 inches to the bottom and turn it under. Next time I’ll make it even a bit longer.
The last thing I want to mention about this pattern is it’s versatility, and flattering fit. It has lots of variations (round neck/v-neck, sleeve length), and I really love that it has a cowl option. I think that variation would look killer with some sweatshirt fleece—very much like the cowl hoodie that I’ve seen popping up on Pinterest. The fit is so nice! It’s fitted, but not tight, and the sizing seemed spot on.
The Renfrew makes an ideal entry level project , but really, it would be a great addition to any pattern collection. A good solid tee pattern is worth it’s weight in needles, and in my opinion, this is the one to get.
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