Hot! The “C’mon, Spring” Top

The Facts
Fabric: 1.5 yards lightweight cotton jersey from Mood, $21
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew, View C
Year: contemporary
Notions: a little twill tape for the shoulder seams
Time to complete: about 4 hours
First worn: Sunday 4/11
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $22

I impulse bought this fabric about a year ago and have been intimidated by it ever since.  Not only are there stripes to match, but my lack of confidence with knits in general and the light weight of this particular knit made it seem way too tricky for me.  As it turns out, working with this fabric was not a big deal.  I cut out the top in a single layer and managed to match the stripes well in the front and back pieces.  I decided I didn’t care about stripe-matching in the rest of the pieces since I wanted to enjoy myself and not lose my mind.  I serged the whole thing passably, with only two or three little spots where the serging didn’t catch the fabric.  Rather than make a bigger mess with the serger on those spots, I moved to the regular machine and filled the gaps with a zig zag stitch.  Now that I think about it, if I disengage the knife I could probably reserge those spots cleanly.  I also have trouble ending circular seams– all the hems and the collar on Renfrew– neatly on the serger.  This time I tried disengaging the knife at the very end.  That kept me from cutting too much off but still left me with little bulges in the shape of those seams.  Oh well, each effort I make with the serger is an improvement, for sure.

This is my second time making Renfrew.  I shortened this one even more (4 1/2 inches total) to hit higher on my hips and sewed the collar pieces together along the long unnotched edge with RIGHT sides together, not wrong sides as the pattern instructs.  I don’t know if that’s an error in the pattern or just a stylistic choice, but I prefer the seam to be inside the cowl.  I love the way the cowl drapes in this lightweight fabric.  Unfortunately my outfit was a bit too lightweight for our weather this weekend, even with the tights.  I took my parka off for about one minute to have these photos taken.  Soon, soon.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!



Lee is a highly educated stay at home mom with a lot of projects. She lives in New York City.


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  1. Cute! This top is totally adorable. You did great matching the stripes. Kudos!

  2. Bravo on the stripe matching! It’s uber festive for the holiday ;)

  3. Lee-I love your style! So fun! Great top-

  4. Hey Lee, brave girl in the cold but the shirt looks great and super comfortable.

  5. I think have this same fabric!! I got it at Mood almost exactly a year ago when I was in NY on business.
    I love your cowl neck and the longer sleeves! Great job! :D

  6. You did a great job. What a cool top!

  7. That’s so cute! Makes me want to attempt my cowl neck pattern. Hope it warms up for you soon.

  8. Aw, really, really cute, Lee! I’m very interested in how you used a flimsier knit for the Renfrew pattern: did you find that your fabric choice (a stretchier jersey) changed how the top fits, compared to when it’s made up in a more stable knit? Maybe that’s a dumb question, but I would love to know what you think!

    • Thanks! Not a dumb question, and no, the thinner/stretchier jersey didn’t change the fit at all though it did change the drape. This fabric is pretty stable– I think, I’m no authority on knits!– so it worked fine.

  9. Very cute top! Love your styling too, just darling!

  10. There’s that cool casual chic style of yours again, fab top Lee. Great photos too.

  11. Thank you, you big sweeties. The sun helped with the photos. Getting outside and more creative with the shots should be easier in the warmer weeks to come.

  12. Too cute! The stripe matching looks perfect! I think I need one :-)

  13. I am warming to the Renfrew pattern the more I see it, love your knit top.

  14. Your green converse are adorable! I have a purple pair..which is awesome because your wearing purple tights. Though you won’t catch me wearing my purple converse with green tights. Love-love how you styled stripe-tastic top with art-tastic skirt and knit-tastic lime hat…the whole deal is the cuteness and makes me want to hug you and buy you a cupcake.

  15. Great top and I like your approach of enjoying and not going nuts over it.