Thing 65

I did it! I finished the striped Renfrew shirt. And I love it!




The fabric is a remnant that I picked up last year at a going-out-of-business sale in our town. I think I paid four euros for it at the time. It feels like a soft, fine cotton with some lycra in it. It was the perfect fabric for a Renfrew.

When I sew I tend to look for the shortcuts. I don’t always pin and I almost never baste. This time I did both. I worked back and forth between my sewing machine and serger, using the old workhorse for basting and the serger for everything else.


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The V-neck can be tricky, but I took my time and it went in neatly. I love how the grey and black are perfectly even, and the V isn’t puckery at all.

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And look how the stripes line up! Taking my time paid off.


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I am so pleased with how this turned out, and I know I’ll be wearing this shirt a lot. It’s perfect with a sweater on a breezy spring day…

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I’ll be writing a review to post at, but that’s a job for another day. It’s Saturday night and I’m done with all things crafty. Now it’s time for a glass of wine.


Cost of this Thing: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €88.61


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  6 comments for “Thing 65

  1. March 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    love those colours! that top looks like an excellent fit. oh, and I have the same serger and love it 🙂

    • March 23, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Jess! And oh, how I love my serger. I’ve only had it since Christmas but it has completely changed the way I approach sewing projects.

  2. Tobi Paton
    March 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Awesome! Stripes AND v-neck. Great job!

  3. Heather Bylenga
    March 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, that is fantastic!

  4. Linda Rook
    March 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Love the neckline, looks fab!

  5. March 23, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks, all! It’s my new favourite shirt and I’ll probably wear it far too often.

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