The Sewaholic Renfrew pattern is officially my go-to tshirt pattern. It's so easy to make and comes with all the sleeve variations and neckline variations that I want. This is my first time sewing with stripes and chevrons. I'll do stripes again but definitely not chevrons.
It was easy to line up the stripes on the sides but the sleeves didn't work out so well. I was stretching the sleeves and shirt to fit each other and that messed up the stripes. I'm too lazy to tear out serger stitching and I'm thankfully not a perfectionist so I can handle it. I'll get better as I go along.
I have an early version of this pattern and didn't realize that the instructions are wrong on the cowl neckline variation. It says to sew the cowl with wrong sides together. I did that and then looked at the online tutorial to make sure I was doing the rest of it right. That's when she clarified that it's actually supposed to be sewn right sides together.
It's not perfect but I anticipate wearing this top a lot this winter. The material is a nice hefty weight and it looks cute with a jacket.
And then we have the chevron top. Grrrrrr.
I picked out this material last winter before I'd ever made a knit top. I actually made this one before the stripes because I wanted to practice. This was one of those projects where I knew it wasn't working but I also had no idea how to even begin to make it work. After awhile I gave up matching the chevrons and just sewed it together matching the edges. It's a disaster but guess what? I've worn it three times. And twice people have said, "Cute top." The material doesn't have much recovery. In hindsight it wasn't a good choice for this pattern but with each knit project I learn more about what works and what doesn't.