Ajusted Renfrew (with bows!)

I made this little shirt several months ago and then immediately lost it. When I found it and realized why – it was still in the bag I used to carry it to my sewing group meet up to show it off. I must have never unloaded it from the bag.

Oh well, also I just got my camera working again but alas, the focus isn’t functioning well on my lens so for these pics I had to choose between “in focus and angry face” or “blurry smile.” Focus won out (for the most part) because pics of the shirt are more important than pics of me looking like I like the shirt. I do like the shirt, really.

The Goal: A few months ago I made my Espresso leggings. When I went to clean up my sewing space I realized that I might have just enough fabric left to make a t-shirt out of it! SUCCESS!!

Don’t ya just love when that happens?

The Pattern: So I whipped out my Sewaholic Renfrew pattern that I had adjusted for my last Renfrew so I knew it would fit.

The Fabric: Leftover rayon/spandex jersey from Austin Fabric Co-op. It’s very lightweight and drape-y. Stashbusting for the win!

The Changes: I didn’t use the band at the bottom of the shirt and I kind of made up new collar and cuff pieces ’cause I couldn’t find the originals. Oops.

I used Susan’s tip of adding Stitch Witchery at the hem for a crisp edge.

But the cool part – BOWS! BOWS! BOWS!

I got the idea from here but I didn’t follow that tutorial. It’s the same basic process, though, just with fabric rather than ribbon if you want to try it yourself.

There wasn’t really a plan to the bows. I cut another piece of fabric the width of my sleeve cuffs, sewed the long edge, turned it inside out and pressed flat. Then I folded it into the bow shape, wrapped it in another piece of the tube and hand stitched it to the sleeve. In the end it was pretty much the same idea as that tutorial.

The Results: I love when I can whip up a project in a couple hours. So satisfying. And it’s a solid so it’ll get a lot of wear. Plus, BOWS!!!!

  • LOVE IT! So simple, so cute.

  • lisa g

    what a fun idea! love the bows. great shirt!

  • Such a great basic, love the fabric, and the bows!!

  • Laura Sinclair

    How fun – love the bows, they’re really cute. 🙂

  • A Stitching Odyssey

    I love this sweet touch – such a great way to cheer up the humble t-shirt!

  • Aleksandra Robinson

    I adore the bows! What a cute idea! I’m totally stealing it for my next Renfrew. 😀

  • Lorraine Umbers

    Great little t-shirt, and made from free (leftover!) fabric . . . and such cute bows on top of all that!!

  • Lara

    I love those bows! They make such a simple t-shirt into something much more interesting and yet it’s so subtle! x

  • Katy

    How cute are those bows? It makes the t-shirt something a bit more special 🙂

  • Sownbrooklyn

    This is so cute!!! Love a good knit basic!

  • Yup, I love it when that happens, too! It’s a gorgeous little top – totally everyday wearable. The bows at the sleeve cuffs (feels weird calling it a cuff when it’s not at your wrist) are so sweet 🙂

  • Katy & Laney

    Bows! So cute.

  • steph

    Cute! I am halfway through this project and am combining quilting cotton with novelty fleece. I am using it as a play mat for a our baby. This pattern is not for the weak, LOL. I used the wonder under (webbing), but did not iron as I didn’t want to risk melting the fleece. The webbing and fabrics held together with static, but I still had to do some major pinning of the fabrics. As a shortcut, I am skipping on webbing for the eyes and small spots. Great work!