The “Endless Summer” Top

The Facts
Fabric: Linen knit from FineFabrics.com
Pattern: Sewaholic Patterns 1201 Renfrow Top
Year: 2012
Notions: Twill tape
Time to complete: A few hours
First worn: December, 2011
Wear again? Yes, yes, yes.  Especially this summer.
Total price: $40

Last week I showed you view C of the Renfrow top.  This week I have view B made in a linen knit.  Yes, you read right, linen and lycra combined.  It’s pricey, but it works.  It works well.  In fact, I’d say I’ve made the perfect summer T-shirt. A flattering shirt to slip on for a warm, sunny day outdoors.

View B of the Renfrow pattern takes hardly any fabric at all. Really, just the length of the top. The well-designed bands at the hem and sleeves create a nice finish that I love, especially since they mean I can neatly sew knits with my basic sewing machine.

I’ll admit that getting the V-neck right was a bit of a challenge. Not because of Tasia’s instructions, mind you. They were gold. (If you want to get a sneak peak at the technique, check out her post on sewing the V in her Crescent skirt.) But, I pinned things a bit off, which made the neck binding a bit bubbly on one side. I knew it would drive me crazy, so I unpicked the entire thing. And, in the process I put a hole just under the V point. I couldn’t believe that my extra effort had actually made things worse! Instead of panicking, I just made the V a tad bit deeper and then resewed the neck binding, pinning more carefully this time. Even with the detour, the shirt came together in no time.

It’s winter here in San Francisco, but we had a beautiful weekend, so I didn’t mind too much pretending like it was summer. I paired this perfect summer top with a casual denim skirt and headed to a local cactus garden, hoping that the combination would show my admiration of the “Down Under” theme. I feel a bit like a dutiful seamstress, sewing for the season ahead and all.

Another successful week here at the Sew Weekly. I hope everyone is enjoying the challenge!

Author

ahearta

Amy slowly eased her way into sewing in 2010. In 2011 her hobby truly blossomed, aided in part by the wonderful Sew Weekly community. She can also be found writing on her own blog, Sew Well.

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  1. I can’t wait to get started on this blouse! I got my pattern in the mail and I keep seeing amazing creations like this one. I think I need to check out the fabric that you got too – it looks great and so comfortable.

  2. I have this pattern now and it keeps looking at me from my pattern cabinet, wondering excitedly when it will be pulled out. Truth is, I’m scared of picking the fabric. I love a soft, stretchy knit, but I want to get a “stable knit” like it recommends. Trouble is, I don’t really know what that means. I have really enjoyed seeing your versions of this top.

  3. you’d already convinced me to order a renfrew with your gorgeous cowl sweater last week–you should ask tasia for a commission! i love both of your versions, they really show off how great the pattern is and the endless possibilities.

  4. Kudos to you for buying yourself nice fabric.

  5. fine knit fabric is a joy to wear. Such a simple top and yet so beautifully wearable and useful. Those v’s are tricky.

  6. I have to get this pattern also! It looks so wonderful on you. Did you serge it or use a regular sewing machine?

  7. I just bought this pattern, and I love your version!! It looks so comfy, and that’s always a winner in my book :)