Sewaholic Renfrew Pattern Review and Giveaway // Stretch Yourself

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Every woman needs a great-fitting tee shirt. One option is to make one yourself, either by measurements, or from a favorite tee you already own. Another (much easier!) option is to use the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern! You may have heard of it? I think it’s been tried and tested by every single sewing blogger that I read, and thousands of others (seriously, check google image search, this is a must-have pattern.) I was curious if it lived up to all of the hype. And guys, it does!

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Stretch Yourself Renfrew Review - One Little Minute - Awesome Basic

Sewaholic patterns are paper, which makes getting started really simple. I traced a size 4 (I’m converted to tracing) and was able to get to work. I loved that even with all of the possible options, the pattern is labeled really well so I knew right away which pieces to trace for my chosen style of tee shirt. The instructions are also super well written and clear. The details included make this a great first project for even a very beginner seamstress. I was able to whip mine up in just under an hour, start-to-finish.

This pattern comes with three neckline options: round, v-neck, and cowl, as well as three sleeve length options: short, 3/4, and long. Without even being creative you’ve already got a bunch of possible combinations!  I opted for the very most basic short-sleeved, round-neck tee to get a feel for the pattern before I get all crazy. Which you know I will. I made mine even more simple by finishing the construction without the arm and hem bands, by using the coverstitch on my Diana. Normally, I have a little bit of trouble with the neckbands on tee shirts, but the Renfrew labeling has you match up all the correct points for a super easy neckband insertion.

As far as size and fit, I couldn’t be more pleased. This is just the right fit that I love for basic tee shirts. Not tight enough to look like I’m trying to be a teen, but fitted enough to steer clear of the dreaded frumpy. The Sewaholic patterns are written specifically for pear-shaped women, so I was a little worried that it might look too hippy on my boxy body, but I think the length makes it fit around my hips just right. If I were to do any alteration on my next Renfrew, it might be to just make a tiny adjustment for my sway-back.

In addition to being a fantastic and must-have basic, the Renfrew, and all of Sewaholic‘s Patterns, are just so well branded, I might have to start collecting. I love the technical designs on the envelope cover, which give you such a better idea of the possibilities than a styled photo. And Tasia is just so sweet and talented, I wish I could give her a high five for this awesome tee! It’s become a fast favorite!

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Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew in size 4

Fabric: Floral 100% cotton jersey from The Fabric Fairy (no longer available, similar options here and here)

Miriam and I both channeled our inner flower child for our Renfrews! Check out her Renfrew Review today, too!

For a chance to win your own Sewaholic Renfrew pattern, simply leave a comment below before Friday, January 19th! Good Luck!

**WINNER: PENDLESTITCHES** Thank you all for playing!

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  1. Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I love that both you and Miriam did floral! Awesome!
    And I would love love love to win the Renfrew Pattern! Crossing my fingers!

  2. Heidi L
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    This is great!

  3. Kelly
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen the Renfrew pattern and wanted to try it, it has such good reviews for ease in making it, and how great it looks, I would love to try making it! Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I love that the Renfrew is so versatile…every version is so individual. Gorgeous

  5. Jess Z
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the review for this pattern. I have attempted to make a tee based off my measurements and copying my fave tee, but I’d definitely prefer to have a pattern. Thanks for hosting and for all the great tips! mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  6. Elise
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Love love love this! The fit is.beautiful- can’t wait to try it out:) I hope I win!

  7. Amanda
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    This has been a great series. I’d love to win the Renfrew pattern – I’ve been stalking it online for some time, but I have enough projects at home (with patterns & fabric purchased and set aside) waiting to be sewn up that I’ve banned myself from buying anything else until I finish them. But winning would be OK 😉 Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m in. I think I would be more confident sewing from a bona fide pattern than something I drafted myself (at this stage in my abilities, anyway).

  9. melanie
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I hope I win 🙂
    Thank you for the chance …

  10. Hannah
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    One of my goals this year is to conquer my fear of knits! This would be a great start with the Renfrew pattern. Thanks for all the great information.

  11. Erin
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this pattern!

  12. HollySharp
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Wow…I would love to win this pattern! Thanks!

  13. Susanne
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Great review! I was just thinking of buying this pattern (even though I have a slew of other projects in my queue) but to win it would be rad. Thanks for the give-away!

  14. Meg
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I think this would be perfect for my first attempt at sewing with knits! Thanks for this great series. It is AWESOME!

  15. Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been craving this pattern. It looks perfect on you!

  16. Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    This looks like a GREAT pattern! I would love to own it!

  17. Stacy
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    That turned out so cute!

  18. Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    So my vow not to buy any new patterns before I use I more of the ones I have doesn’t count if I *win* right?

  19. Larissa LeBovidge
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Great job…I read about this pattern recently and what a coincidence to see it on you! I would love to try it!

  20. Deana
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been itching to try the Renfrew. Would love to win it!

  21. Kaydee
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    LOVE! This shirt is amazing!

  22. Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    The Renfrew is top of my ‘patterns to buy’ list!
    This series has been really great, there’s so many things I want to try making now!

  23. Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Such a cute shirt on you! I’ve heard fantastic things about the Renfrew pattern; would love to give it a whirl!

  24. Anouk
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Nice simple Tee. You guys always have the cutest\nicest knit fabric.

  25. Diane
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Hope I win, would love this pattern to use up some of my stash

  26. Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I have been a longtime lover of tracing patterns and I really hope that I win a Renfrew because they are AWESOME. I think I like their pattern better than any shirt I already own.

  27. Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Yours looks gorgeous! I’d love to win this pattern! 🙂

  28. Kate
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    The Renfrew seems to be widely loved by bloggers. I would love to give the pattern a try.

  29. Heather Edwards
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    Love the floral! Crossing my fingers to win. Have fun at ALT next week. I am a Salt Lake City gal through and through. If you get a chance try out Thai Siam for some good eats!

  30. JGarcia
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I would love to make my own tshirts! Hope I win a copy of this 🙂

  31. Posted January 15, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’ve seen so many great versions of this top (including yours). I’d love to win a copy and give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Lauren
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    What a cute, simple shirt!

  33. JackieN
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    Fabulous tee. I would love a copy of the Renfrew please. Everyone has such amazing reviews I been wanting my own copy forever!

  34. Betsy H.
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m always in the market for a good fitting T! (the poor ones i DO have get worn A LOT!)

  35. Fawn
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    I love how this turned out. I’ve been checking out Tasia’s Sewaholic blog the last couple of years and I really love her work! Looks like now you do as well. Kudos on sharing all your talent!

  36. Katie Contests
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Great pattern, awesome fabric!

  37. maggie
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    looks like a great pattern!

  38. fenna
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I have one t-shirt pattern from Jalie but I’d love to give the sewaholic one a try!!

  39. Angela
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    So pretty! Tshirt, or model…or both? 😉

  40. Katie
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    This pattern has so many options. I really like cowl neck tops and being able to make my own would be great!

  41. Emma
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Everybody really does seem to love that pattern-I’ve seen it all over the internet!

  42. Emily
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I just bought my first sewaholic pattern (the alma) would love this to be my next. How can you wrong with such a versatile top…I see many renfrews in my future

  43. Julie
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Love your version. I e seen this pattern everywhere and would love to give it a try!

  44. Trish Hanson
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    I’vetried making a T by copying one of mine…didn’t work that well. I’m just not experienced enough yet so I would LOVE to have this pattern to go by. Thanks for these great giveaways!

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