A Renfrew in Stripes

My latest sewing project is for me! Lately my blog has been full of projects for other people, but I have been sewing for myself as well.

The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The top is really comfy.

My latest project is the Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns. I made this once before, but the results were so-so.

This time I made quite a few adjustments. First, I went down two sizes. I made size 12, which is about 2 sizes smaller than the size chart indicated I should use. This made the fit at the shoulders much better.

The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
You can see from the back how this shirt fits better in the shoulders.
The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I really like the fit.

I skipped the waistband altogether, which wasn’t especially flattering on me, and lengthened the top by three inches to make up for the length in the band and then some. I’m a little long in the ribcage and ready-to-wear shirts are often too short. This is the length I prefer.

The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
I prefer extra length at the bottom, rather than a band at the waist.

I also skipped the zigzagging around the neckline that is called for in the pattern instructions. Last time, I tried this on the back of the neck but I didn’t like the look. to hem the shirt, I used a double needle. I’m much happier with this finish.

The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
This top turned out much better than the last one.

I also used better fabric. This jersey is a bit more expensive than the last time, but has much better recovery. That makes it a little more flattering, but also more comfortable. It’s also really bright, which I like. Who says kids should get all the fun?

The Renfrew Top sewing pattern by Sewaholic, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
Who says bright colours are just for kids?

I am so much happier with this shirt. It feels great and cheers me up when I wear it.

Summary

Pattern Review: Renfrew Top by Sewaholic Patterns. I made view A.
Fabric: Cotton-spandex Jersey, from L’Oiseau Fabrics.
Cost: The pattern was a birthday gift and the fabric was about 16$ a meter. Total: about 25$.
Size: 12.
Sewing Level: Adventurous beginner.
Modifications: I didn’t zigzag around the neck band, I lengthened the shirt by about three inches, and I skipped the waist band.
Results: So much better than the first Renfrew I made. I plan to make this again with the cowl neck.

Rawwwr, Rawwwr, Dinosaurs!

Nothing says Saint Patrick’s Day like a velociraptor! Amiright?

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Velociraptor!

I wanted to make the kids something green and fun for today. I found some great lime jersey, and figured the Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S, which I’ve used before, would be a good match for the fabric.

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Then I spotted these amazing dinosaur iron-on vinyl transfers on Etsy. They are pretty cool, and fuzzy! And so a very dinosaur-themed Saint Patrick’s Day came to be. So much fun!

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Always joking around, these two.
Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
So much dino.
Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Love these iron-on transfers!

Summary

Pattern: Field Trip Raglan T-shirt by Oliver + S available in sizes 6m-12.
Fabric:  Stenzo cotton-spandex jersey in Lime stars and lime solid from L’Oiseau Fabrics.
Sizes: 2, 4, and 7 (not shown).
Cost: Pattern: (gift). Fabric: About $10-20/shirt.
Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I added bands to the sleeves, and didn’t put pockets on the shirts.
Results: Rawwwwr!

Dino tees sewn by The Finished Garment, using the Oliver + S field trip tee sewing pattern.
Rawwwr!

Sewing for Boys / La couture pour garçons

Someone recently asked me where to find sewing patterns for boys. Here is the list I put together. The person asking, sent me the question in French, so I thought I’d do a bilingual post for a change, and also include some links for French speakers.

On m’a récemment demandé où trouver des patrons couture (en français) pour les garçons. Ooof! pas facile. Voici ma petite liste. J’espère que vous la trouvez utile. Et oui, je présente le tout dans une article bilingue pour faire changement. 

A list of great independent sewing pattern companies with patterns for boys.
A list of great independent sewing pattern companies with patterns for boys.

 

Boys Sewing Patterns in English /
Patrons couture pour garçons en anglais

 

Oliver + S
Digital and paper patterns in English to US size 12 (EUR 146).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 146).

Blank Slate Patterns
Digital patterns in English to US size 8 (EUR 128).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 8 (EUR 128).

Brindille & Twig
Digital patterns for knits in English to US size 5/6 (EUR 116).
Patrons numériques pour tissus extensibles en anglais jusqu’à la taille 5/6 (EUR 116).

Made by Rae
Digital patterns in English to US size 14 (EUR 164).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 14 (EUR 164).

Titchy Threads
Digital patterns in English to US size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Elegance & Elephants
Digital patterns in English only, to US size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Shwin Designs
Digital patterns in English to size 9 (EUR 134).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 9 (EUR 134).

Burdastyle
Digital patterns in English to size EUR 152 (US 12), though you can also get the magazine, which contains mostly women’s patterns, in French and other languages.
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152), mais c’est possible de prendre la magazine, qui contient surtout des patrons femmes, en français.

Lou Bee Clothing
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Heidi & Finn
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Peekaboo Pattern Shop
Digital patterns in English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons numériques en anglais jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Ottobre Magazine
Pattern magazine in English, French and more and goes to size EUR 170 (US 16).
Magazine de patrons disponible en français, anglais et autres, tailles jusqu’à EUR 170 (US 16).

Zonen 09
Digital and paper patterns in English, French and Dutch up to size EUR 134 (US 9).
Patrons papier et numériques en anglais, français et néerlandais jusqu’à EUR 134 (US 9).

Citronille
Paper patterns in French and English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français et anglais, parfois jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

 

Boys Sewing Patterns in French /
Patrons couture pour garçons en français

 

Ottobre Magazine
Pattern magazine in English, French and more and goes to size EUR 170 (US 16).
Magazine de patrons disponible en français, anglais et autres, tailles jusqu’à EUR 170 (US 16).

Zonen 09
Digital and paper patterns in English, French and Dutch up to size EUR 134 (US 9).
Patrons papier et numériques en anglais, français et néerlandais jusqu’à EUR 134 (US 9).

Citronille
Paper patterns in French and English to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français et anglais, parfois jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Gasparine
Paper patterns in French only to size 12 (EUR 152).
Patrons papier en français uniquement jusqu’à la taille 12 (EUR 152).

Filles à Maman
Digital patterns in English and French to size 14 (EUR 164)
Patrons numériques en français et anglais jusqu’à la taille 14 (EUR 164).

Jalie
Paper and digital patterns in English and French to size 13 (EUR 158)
Patrons paper et numériques en français et anglais jusqu’à la taille 13 (EUR 158).

If you need more ideas, there is a group on Flickr called Celebrate The Boy which does just that. It’s full of people’s amazing sewing creations and often the patterns used are mentioned so you can look them up.

Il existe aussi une groupe sur Flickr qui contient uniquement des créations couture pour garçons, ainsi c’est possible de suivre les liens pour savoir quel patron les gens ont utilisés.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments.

Vous en connaissez d’autres? Laissez les infos dans les commentaires.

Une liste de patrons couture indépendants pour garçons.
Une liste de patrons couture indépendants pour garçons.

What size is my kid? Rough size chart equivalents for sewists

A rough guide to how children’s ready-to-wear clothing sizes and US and European sewing pattern sizes match up.
What size is my child? A guide for sewists.

A while ago I made a comparison chart of sizing systems for women. But I thought it would also be useful to do the same thing for children’s sizes.

This is a rough guide to how children’s clothing sizes and sewing pattern sizes match up across the most commonly used clothing systems. Please click to enlarge. For more details, please read the notes below.

A rough guide to how children’s ready-to-wear clothing sizes and US and European sewing pattern sizes match up.
Size chart equivalents for kids – Includes ready-to-wear and sewing pattern sizes.

Download the Rough Size Chart Equivalents for Kids as a PDF (29 kb)

How This Chart Was Built

Where does this information come from?

I used the combined available size charts from major pattern manufacturers, clothing manufacturers and international size standards. The ‘Big Four’ pattern companies refer to companies like Butterick, McCalls, Vogue and Simplicity. The European Pattern companies include ones like Ottobre and Burdastyle, but also a number of pattern companies in France, Germany, etc.  I didn’t include independent pattern company size charts, which vary a great deal, especially in the U.S.

Should I choose my pattern size based on this chart?

Probably not. It’s always a good idea to read the measurements that come with a specific pattern for a better fit.

Why are some sizes greyed out?

The greyed out sizes are purely fictitious. They don’t exist on the size charts of certain manufacturers.

What’s going on with sizes S,M and L?

Those sizes are very approximate, and vary greatly among clothing manufacturers. In addition there is a range of S-L for babies and another for older children.

Do you have suggestions? complaints?

I hope you find the chart useful. If you have any comments or would like to suggest improvements, I’d love to hear about it! Please leave your thoughts in the comments.

Pattern Review: Retro Sweatpants

It is cold and snowy here, but my blogging backlog means I get to bring you a couple of photos from the last sunny days of fall.

This is the free Retro Sweatpants Pattern by Elegance & Elephants, available in sizes 12m to 9. I made size 6. I used leftover fabric for this project bringing the total cost to 0$.

The Retro Sweatpants pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
What our backyard looked like this fall. Right now we have a couple of feet of snow on the ground. Green grass – remember that! (sigh) Me either.

The pants are interlock, leftover from some shorts I made my husband, and the cuffs are jersey, leftover from another project. The interlock is very soft inside, so they are the go-to comfy pants for Kid No 2.

I skipped the drawstring since Kid No 2 doesn’t like anything fussy, and the pockets. That made this pattern super quick to sew. Free, easy, super soft – what’s not to like?

The Retro Sweatpants pattern by Elegance & Elephants, as sewn by The Finished Garment.
The pants are black, so they are a bit hard to photograph.

Project Summary

Pattern: Retro Sweatpants Pattern by Elegance & Elephants, available in sizes 12m to 9. I made size 6.
Fabric: Sweatshirt fabric.
Cost:Pattern: free. Fabric: $0 (leftover from other projects).
Project Sewing Level: Beginner.
Modifications: I skipped the pockets and drawstring.
Results: Quick, easy sewing.