I first spotted the Renfrew by Tasia of Sewaholic a month back or so in the Sewing Women's Clothing flickr pool. (LOVE going there!) Shipping from Canada was more expensive than I expected, so after emailing Tasia, and finding US stockists, I found the pattern at a Fashionable Stitch. (Shipping was $2 and I got the pattern sent immediately!)
I was hoping to get one sewn for Rae's Spring Top Week. This weekend I got some pattern tracing, cutting, and sewing done, and although it looks darling and came together well (I learned a few things... I always do), it's too small. Yes, measuring is important - as is keeping your sewing supplies organized so you can find your tools - er, measuring tape.
I am really proud of it (even though I can't wear it in public)! I've been wanting to sew with knits for about 2 years, now and I finally did it! The fabric was from fabric.com - sale bin stuff for about $2/yard. It's pretty stable, and not too stretchy.
Elsie Marley has been hosting a Fall and Spring Kids Clothes Week Challenge. To sew every day for an hour for your kids - to work on the mental list of ideas you have - to get something done! I've always loved watching what pops up during these weeks and now that I have some patterns and small successes back into the world of sewing clothes, I'm excited to participate this year.
I've got several Oliver + S patterns, Figgy's Tee for Two, and I think I have enough knit to make my 11 yo a small Renfrew. By the way, I just figured out yesterday that Figgy made a Tee for Two for older kids - size 8-14!! I just bought one on etsy as my kids are 9 and 11. My pattern is the younger 12 month - size 6/7. I'm really excited about the Tee for Two because I'm not so afraid of knits and t-shirt construction anymore and these should be really easy to whip up now that some of the learning curve is gone.