Pattern Hack | Sewaholic’s Renfrew top as a dress

The great thing about sewing with knit fabrics is that you can be a little loose on the specifics. Recently I made this Renfrew Top hack and ended up doing a lot of running up the sides with the serger to ‘adjust’ or, more accurately, hack away at the side seams. You have probably figured out by now that I don’t like to get too worried about the specifics with loose fitting garments.

I realise this hack is probably not the most exciting piece of sewing you’ve ever seen, far from it in fact. However it’s taken me an awfully long time to get back into sewing so I’m taking it easy, and taking on board your advice from this blog. I’m choosing to sew some things that come together quickly and are therefore immensely satisfying. I’ve seen many, many Renfrew hacks over the years – Amanda from Sewaholic and Jo from Make it Well have compiled extensive lists of their favourites. I was delighted to see the number of ways that the Renfrew has been interpreted, and in some cases, almost redesigned.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet and I won’t bore you with my construction details – essentially all I did was lengthen the pattern from the hips, create a waist and tapper at the knees. And yes this is merino from The Fabric Store. Have you made a Renfrew hack? Link it to me in the comments!

And that’s the shortest blog post I’ve ever written!

9 thoughts on “Pattern Hack | Sewaholic’s Renfrew top as a dress”

  1. Thanks for sharing your hack on knitted fabrics! I agree that it is quite scary to play around knitted fabrics, especially wool because it is quite expensive, too! But thanks a lot sharing your hack with us. It builds up the confidence that there is a way to sew wool fabrics without going into waste!


  2. I was actually thinking about a Renfrew hack yesterday, I’ve wanted to recreate the purple cowl neck dress Peggy wears in Mad Men and figured the Renfrew would be a good starting point, all I need now is the perfect fabric! I’m glad you’ve found your sewjo, I find that even after a couple of weeks without sewing my confidence starts to go. I think it helps finding a perfect project that excites you which will rekindle your love of sewing! x


  3. Nice LBD! I haven’t made the Renfrew but I’ve made a similar jersey dress that is always either on my body or in the wash. Definitely the signs of a good workhorse garment. Also I quite enjoy short blog posts, they’re refreshing. Reminds me that I should pen a short one on my own neglected blog!

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