“When I design patterns, I really want them to be made up more than once. That’s why I offer one or two variations to the basic design, and also plan the patterns around using a variety of different fabrics… The Renfrew Top pattern can be used to make nine different tops! And that’s just variations on pattern pieces. Fabric, embellishments, contrast, applique – there are so many cool ways to make the same pattern look completely different.
When I sew, I always want to use patterns more than once. The first time, we work out the fit issues, and customize the design to suit our taste. We’ve probably even worn the garment a few times and can improve on its wearability for round two! I have very little free sewing time, so it’s in my best interests to re-use patterns that fit well. I’d save on precious sewing time! We work so hard at making a muslin, getting the details just so – it makes sense to use patterns again and again if we’re happy with the results!”
Tasia modelling variations of the Renfrew top
Fancy making a few Renfrews for yourself? To celebrate OWOP! Sewaholic is kindly offering one reader their own copy of this pattern. To be in with a chance of winning, leave a comment below with some ideas for how you would make the pattern up in more than one way. (Personally, as a nautical chic obsessive, I know I could easily make nine striped versions of this!)
The deadline to enter is Thursday 5th April 2012 at midnight GMT. The winner will be selected by random number generator and announced on this blog on Friday 6th April. The giveaway is open internationally and includes shipping. Don’t forget to leave your email if it’s not linked to your blogger profile so I can let you know if you win.