The Satisfaction of Simple Sewing


We’re nearing the end of the university semester. It’s that time of year when everything is due, dinner is usually toast and Friday nights are spent at the computer rooms. This is also a great time of year to embark on some Simple Sewing. Stress levels are already pretty high so procrasta-sewing needs to be easy and enjoyable. This week I’ve made two Renfrews (to join my other two Renfrews from 2013). The first is made from DKNY cotton knit that bizarrely stretches on a 90 degree angle, if you can imagine that. Because of this I folded the fabric in a triangle before I cut it. I know – weird! It has long sleeves and a round neck.


The second is made from white merino knit, has 3/4 sleeves and the grain was normal. The fabric is fairly sheer so I doubled it all up (apart from the waistband) and sewed the four layers all at once. I was also a bit short on fabric so I cut the back pieces separately, rather than on the fold and serged them together. I wear this Renfrew as a jumper mostly. Both fabrics were bought from The Fabric Store, way back when it was called Global Fabrics.


The Renfrew is my go-to pattern. It is simple, I can sew it using just my serger (which I did) and I know that I’ll get lots of wear out of it. Basically it’s all wins!

What is your favourite easy pattern?

Renfrew in Purple

Renfrew by SewaholicI made a Renfrew! This sewaholic pattern was so quick and easy to put together! I think I’m finally getting the hang of knit fabrics. I bought this fabric from Nick’s Fabrics on Dominion Road (did you hear they’re moving?) for $4 per meter. It’s a very light weight woolen material with a vertical design woven in.


This top was, in truth, a practice run. You see, I’m not really sure if I’m a cowl kinda gal so I thought I’d do a test to see if I liked the look on me. Being the busty lass that I am means that I’m very aware of styles that make me look bustier. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this cowl is flattering on a larger bust. Hallelujah!


There’s not much more to say on this top except that I love it and I’ve already cut out another in black (well actually it’s the same material as my Little Black Dress¬†– which in case you were wondering I wear all the time!)