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A Basic Renfrew

Not the most exciting item, but a closet staple. A basic white tee. Except this one is made of super-soft organic cotton ­čÖé

A Simple Organic Tee

A Simple Organic Tee

A bit wrinkly in the back – I probably should have taken photos at the beginning of the day…

Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton Jersey from Dressew in Vancouver
Pattern: Renfrew by Sewaholic
Size: 6 on top, 0 at waist and hip

I added 1″ to lengthen the bodice at the waist, and chopped 2.5″ off the bottom. I’m actually really happy with the fit of the top overall. It looks exactly like the other versions I’ve seen around. For the next one, I might take in the waist by 1″ on each side for a closer fit. This fabric is quite sheer in white, so I think the looser fit works on this one.

This was actually my second attempt at the Renfrew. The first was a total disaster. I used a thermal/waffle knit and it stretched out by about 1.5 times in width! The neck is wavy and falling off my shoulders – and it’s not even comfortable! Total fail. I blame the fabric combined with my lack of knowledge about waffle knits…

renfrew mods

1″ added to bodice, 2.5″ chopped off bottom

inside view

inside view



I do have a serger, but I can’t figure out how to adjust the tension for knits, so I used a scalloped edge to finish the seams. I think I actually like it better than serged seams. It’s softer and kind of pretty! So what if it doesn’t look store-bought? Handmade is awesome!

Update: I used stretch stitch G in the following photo:

finishing stitch for knits

A Cozy Maxi Skirt

What could be cozier than a jersey maxi skirt? I have a closet full of “dressy” items, but I end up wearing ratty sweatpants all day since I work from home. They’re comfortable, they’re cozy, and they’re ugly. Enter the jersey maxi. As comfortable as sweatpants (comfier, in fact), but dressy enough to leave the house in without feeling like a total slob. Win-win! I plan to make a bunch more of these.

Organic Cotton Jersey Maxi Skirt Organic Cotton Jersey Maxi Skirt

Pattern: generally followed Megan Nielsen’s tutorial for a jersey maxi skirt

Fabric: 95% Organic Cotton, 5% Spandex from Dressew in Vancouver

This should have been the simplest project of all time, but it was way more difficult than the Tiramisu Dress just because of the fabric! I fought with this stuff the whole way through. It curled, it moved, it grew, and it rejected all forms of order. The hem still flips up. I started out trying to do a separate waistband with a gathered skirt, but the waistband grew by over 6″ as I sewed it! So I just kept it simple and tried to wrangle the fabric into submission. Oh well, it’s grey, so at least it will go with everything. Plus, it is super-soft and cozy.

A Teal Tiramisu!

I made a dress! My first sewing project since high school, which was, well… let’s just say a while ago. I had every intention of joining the sew-along, but life got in the way, so I feel like I’ve been working on this dress for two months!

teal tiramisu dress

Fun to twirl in!

teal tiramisu dress

back of teal tiramisu dress

teal tiramisu dress

Pattern: Tiramisu Dress from Cake Patterns
Organic Cotton Jersey in Teal from www.hartsfabric.com
Size: 30C with modifications
Combined skirt pieces and back pieces to remove center seam
Cut skirt and back straight instead of on the bias
Removed 3 cm from each of the front bodice pieces to open up the neck
Removed 3 cm from each side of front and back midriff pieces
Added a waist tie

tiramisu dress modifications

3 cm off each side of front bodice pieces to open up the neck

tiramisu dress modifications

A little off the back to blend with front

tiramisu dress modifications

3 cm off the front and back midriff pieces to get a better fit in the waist

Now that I look at the list, it seems like a lot of changes for a first knit dress, but I’m happy with how it turned out. The seams are a bit wonky, so I won’t show you those ; )

My biggest challenge was trying to do the hem with a double needle. I could not for the life of me work out how to get the stitches not to skip. I googled the problem, and tried all of the suggested solutions, including tissue paper on the top, and then on the bottom, but nothing fixed the problem completely. So after spending hours picking bits of tissue paper off and ripping out the hem twice, I decided to just leave it and do a regular straight stitch hem. It’s not like it needs to stretch anyway.

Then I washed it, and the hem became completely uneven! I thought hanging it for a day would be enough to settle the dress before hemming, but I will definitely be washing all knit projects before hemming in the future – lesson learned!

This fabric is so deliciously soft – I want to make an entire wardrobe out of this stuff!