Time for some pattern reviews. When a blog post with pattern reviews shows up in my reader, I usually skim then skip it. But if I want to make the pattern, especially an expensive indie one, then I am all about those pattern reviews!

Let’s start with Sewaholic’s Renfrew Top

Sewaholic's Renfrew Top
Renfrew Top

Pattern Description: Basic Knit Tops

Pattern Sizing: Runs a little big

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes. Or, at least I think so. I probably didn’t follow them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The lengthen-shorten line was right on the waist. I like the hem detail a lot. It makes the shirt a little different. I also like the sleeve and neck variations.

Fabric Used: A heavy red cotton knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Shortened the back waist length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes.

Conclusion: This seems to run kinda big. I cut a 12 and it’s still a bit schlumpy on me.  I would not wear this make in Paris, but I think a smaller size and a little bit shorter, it would be great. I want to make one or two of the long sleeve, scoop neck version next.

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Lekala 5742 Sailor-esque Pants

Blue linen pants
Girl clothes?

Pattern Description: Wide legged, fall front trousers

Pattern Sizing: Custom

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were IMPOSSIBLE to follow!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I did not like the way the pieces were labeled in Russian, how difficult the instructions were and that the notches were so random.

I love that the sizing is customized and that I didn’t have to shorten everything.

Fabric Used: Denim-like linen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: So many alterations. They are pants after all.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew them again in something for fall or winter like a soft twill maybe.

Conclusion: I LOVE these pants. I love the way they look and how comfortable they are. I feel grown up, sexy and professional when I wear them. They are worth the trouble they took. I would definitely wear them in Paris.

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