Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hacked Sewaholic Renfrew #3

Hello everyone! 

Today I'm here to share with you my most recently finished make - yes, it's another Sewaholic Renfrew dress! 

Sewing with knits is becoming somewhat of an addiction for me; it's just so satisfyingly quick and easy. The way the sleeves are attached flat with the Renfrew means there's no fiddling with set-in sleeves, and the whole process feels a lot neater. 

I did encounter a bit of a tension problem with the neck band - I didn't pull it taut enough as I was sewing and there was a lot of gaping, but adding two small darts in the back neckline helped enormously. 

The fabric is a cosy ponte de roma that I scored off Ebay about a year ago. It was originally intended for a Tilly and the Buttons Coco top with a funnel neck, but my wardrobe's demand for dresses altered its purpose. There was only a metre, so I really had to squeeze everything on - the neck band had to be cut in two halves (hence the problem with the gaping - I lined up the two seams with the shoulder seams, but as there is much more neck band supposed to attach to the front scoop rather than the high back neckline, I was left with a lot of excess neck band in the back!) 

Neck band issues aside, I am really pleased with the finished dress and can't wait to wear it come autumn and winter! I chose to crop the sleeves so that it can be more of a versatile piece, worn on its own in the warmer days of early autumn, and then with a chunky woollen cardigan when the colder days of winter arrive. 

How are your sewing adventures going? I'd love to see! 

As always, thank you for reading,

Beth x


  1. Love it, again! So wearable! Do you have an overlocker?

    1. aw, thank you! i do have an overlocker, but learning how to thread it is a tricky business! i just live in hope that one day i'll learn to master it :)

  2. that is super cute!! sewing with knits is on my to-learn list, how hard can it be, right? *unsure*

    1. thank you! don't worry, it's not too tricky! i just use a narrow zig zag stitch on my regular sewing machine :)