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!

Merino Cardi

I made a cardigan.

It’s McCalls 6408 (combination of view B and D) made from 100% merino knit wool from Global Fabrics. There’s not a huge amount to say on this pattern except that it is super comfortable and I’ll definitely be making it again. I have worn it more than any other item I’ve made, probably because it’s incredibly versatile, comfortable and I think it’s pretty classy too. The truth is that I finished this cardi over a month ago and I’ve worn it (what feels like) every second day!

The only edit I made to this very easy pattern was that I had to take the sleeve width in by about an inch on either edge. These were really kimono width sleeves that kept creeping up my arm – not fulfilling their primary duty of keeping my wrist warm! And yes I am wearing my Lady in Red Dress – DOUBLE ME MADE BONUS!

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Minoru on the Horizon?

The weather is truly crummy here in Auckland. It’s cold, raining 90% of the time and it’s getting dark by 5 o’clock. But all is not lost! There are some super awesome things about winter too – hot chocolates, woolen socks and Sewaholic’s Minoru Jacket:

Photo: all this rain has got me thinking about the Minoru Jacket - I can see it on the horizon!

Full disclosure: I bought this pattern a while ago and have been trying to build up the courage to make it. I’m a real novice when it comes to outwear. There are so many amazing Minorus on the Sewaholic Flickr Pool and I’m feeling super inspired … but also intimidated!

I need your help! I’m not sure a) what sort of material content/ fibers I should be looking for in a fabric – how will i know if it will be waterproof?! and b) what colour to make a jacket in Head over to my facebook page and you can vote on your colour choice! I will announce the colour in my next post. You have three days to vote and this will be binding eeek.

Should I be regretting this already?