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Renfrew!!! A wearable muslin. | by GirlReaction Crafts
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Renfrew!!! A wearable muslin.

1) Hi I'm Carolyn!

2) This is a Renfrew top! My friend Silvia made a super cute one and I became completely obsessed with this pattern! Bonus = it's a super easy way to start sewing with knits! (I haven't sewn w/ them in about 15 years so it's basically starting fresh!)

3) I bought the fabric at The Needle Shop. Great print, right? :)



(I am on my iPhone so pls ignore any autocorrect errors I don't catch.)

I meant to make a muslin out of some other fabric I didn't care about...but as I sewed that top together I realized I had cut it out with the stretch the wrong way (you want the stretchier grain going horizontally). So I just sewed it enough so I could check the fit, figured out that the sizing was fine but a little long and then went ahead and cut out a new one from this fabric!


I did shorten the front, back and sleeves (using the handy shortening lines on the pattern) and while the sleeves are still a little long this is how pretty much all commercial shirts fit my arms and what I'd prefer anyway. I think the shoulders are a little big on me but unlike the Wiksten tank the back neck fits great without adjustment -- I think I just have narrower than average shoulders. And the scoop is scooper than I would generally wear but that's just the way the pattern is.


One note: the sizing on this is different than both RTW and general simplicity/Vogue/McCalls pattern sizing ie I prob wear an 8-10 in RTW on top and a 12-14 on the bottom so that's a 16 in S/V/M pattern sizing grading to a 20 at the hips -- but in this pattern I cut a 12 (all the way through) and I think it's exactly the right size -- so I would say her patterns are allowing for more generous (reality sized!) hip relative to bust than the more commercial patterns. Her 12 = 37.5 bust, 30 waist, 43.5 hip versus McCalls, etc size 16 = 38, 30, 40 and a McCalls, etc size 20 = what i have to grade to for 44" hips.


Some detail shots below -- I topstitcheed the pressed seam allowances on both the cuff and waist to match the neck (altho that's not in the pattern).


I'm super happy with this, for the most part, and yay wearable muslin!!! ;)

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Taken on April 13, 2012