Hot! The “Neon Pumpkin” Renfrew

The Facts
Fabric: 2 yards neon orange French terry from
Pattern: Sewaholic Renfrew
Notions: stay tape for the shoulder seams
First worn: 10/27
Wear again: around the house
Time to complete: about 4 hours
Total cost: about $15

I ordered this French terry back in spring for the Pantone challenge.  Remember Tangerine Tango?  My choice turned out to be a blinding neon shade of orange, and I quickly packed it away into the closet where the stash lives.  Fast forward to October, my mom already took care of Fenna’s cat costume (store bought).  I tell myself that’s a load off– did I really want to work with fake fur, not to mention her specific and ever changing demands?  I just didn’t have the energy or enthusiasm for a costume for myself.  Now is the neon fabric’s chance.  Seriously, if not now, pretty much never.

The color looks muted in the photos. If only in real life.

After over an hour messing with serger tension after changing the thread color, I gave up.  To finish the seams, I top-stitched all the seam allowances down with my regular machine.  It took a long time but looks good.  You’ll have to take my word for it, since we forgot to capture the evidence digitally.  I even got compliments, though that might have been people looking for something nice to say when they found out I made the top– oh that stitching looks great!

I’ve made the Renfrew a handful of times now; it doesn’t disappoint.  Next time I’d like to branch out to long sleeves and maybe even a different neckline.  Despite the crazy color, I know I’ll wear this often in the coming months, not in public mind you, but for work at home, of which there is plenty.

Happy Halloween!



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. Is it really too bright? It looks great, but then I’ve always liked orange and it does look warming for the cooler months

  2. Very timely use of orange! You look so cute along with your curious pumpkins. I like the picture with the pumpkin looking at you and sizing up it’s competition. :)

  3. I like the color-wonder what it looks like in person. It looks great on you too. I may need to try this pattern sometime-Happy Halloween-hope you’re all doing well out there.

  4. Neon is everywhere these days on the campus where I work, especially pink and orange for this season. I find that somehow neon colours make people look more tanned or glowing (I don’t know how that works, but it does), so it probably looks much better on you in real life than you think! And you remind me that I gotta get me some of that Renfrew action. Every time I’m in Vancouver, I buy one of her patterns at Spool of Thread, so that will be next on my list.

  5. Out here we call that color “Cal Trans” orange, for the California Transportatation people that wear that shade to be seen while they work : ) I have to admit that it looks good on you. I like your pumpkins and hope you have fared well this last week : )

  6. I love it, but I love all shades of orange, even the obnoxious. And it looks so well-fitted and comfy that I think the colour is secondary, anyway.

  7. Thank you! Maybe I’ll warm to neon.

    We’re all fine, our building is fine, our car is fine. We only lost power for a couple hours and never lost water. Some devastating losses happened within steps of us, though, and our lives are completely upended like everyone else in the city. With the trauma and no school all week I’ll be sitting out the next challenge. Hopefully just one.

  8. Hope you are okay Lee, great job on the Renfrew, maybe you can dye it so you can wear it outdoors. Great pumpkin carving too. Thinking of you.

  9. It’s such a great top – pity you aren’t happy about the colour. Could you dye it? Maybe get a nice deep red?