Black & White Polka Dot Renfrew

In preparation for Me Made May, I’ve been hurriedly making more casual tops to wear.

I know I’m behind the curve on this one, and the sewing blogosphere has been aflood with different version of this shirt for quite some time, but I made a Renfrew.

IMG_6736Just like everyone else, I love this pattern. Sure, it might be something I’d be able to draft myself, but I like supporting independent pattern designers. Plus, it’s nice to work on a project that doesn’t really involve much thought.

IMG_6738I opted to leave off the sleeve and hem bands and used my double needle for the hems.


I topstitched around the neckline with my double needle for a clean and professional look.


I made it pretty short, so it will be easier to tuck into a skirt. I generally prefer my tops shorter anyway.


I also like my knit tops to be a bit more fitted. So, I cut a 4 at the hips and bust and curved in to a 0 at the waist.


For this top, I used a remnant of fabric that measured a bit more than 3/4 yard. It’s a super lightweight double-knit. I really only used about half a yard of material.


It was such a snap to make! I’m actually working on several others at the moment. It’s a nice quick project to squeeze in between other projects.

The first day I wore this top, I wore it with a cropped cardigan that matches those shoes. I like being matchy matchy sometimes. :)
When I wore this out, I paired it with a cropped cardigan that matches those shoes. I like being matchy matchy sometimes. 🙂

For me, the best part about this top is that it’s striped on the inside and polka dots on the outside. Maybe I’ll wear it inside out sometime. ;P

IMG_6838Sorry if that was too many pictures of such a basic top. I’m just super excited about polka dots, lately. I’ve always loved them, but for some reason they’ve been largely missing from my wardrobe for the past few years. I have another polka dot top planned, but I’m waiting for my Sewing Cake Hummingbird pattern that I ordered during the pre-sale. I’m so excited to get my hands on that pattern!

  1. Alicia

    April 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Pretty sure I need a polka dot Renfrew now…I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of this pattern, and I really like your version; it looks so fun!

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:08 am

      You definitely do. Go make one! 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Kathy

    April 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I love seeing loads of photos for a sewing project. This version of renfrew is so adorable! I want this fabric!! I can’t believe I’ve never bought this pattern yet.

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Thanks! I can’t remember where I got the fabric; it was buried in a remnant bin somewhere. It really is a great pattern.

  3. Haylee

    April 28, 2013 at 12:29 am

    This is adorable! It fits you really well and I love the polka-dots. There can never be too many pictures!! 🙂

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

      Thanks! I suppose that’s true. 🙂

  4. larakrjacobs

    April 28, 2013 at 4:09 am

    I still haven’t made a renfrew and yet every version I see makes me want to more. This version is so cute! I love that it has a different pattern on either side x

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:15 am

      You should totally make one, or several! The different patterns on either side make me smile every time I pull the top out.

  5. gingermakes

    April 28, 2013 at 11:32 am

    How cute! I love that there are stripes on the inside!

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thanks! Me too. 🙂

  6. Rachel

    April 29, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Gorgeous! You should definitely wear it inside out sometime!!

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Thanks! Haha! You have no idea how seriously I’m considering it. 🙂

  7. Jen

    April 29, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    This is lovely, and two tops in one – even better! I’m pretty sure it’s fashionable at the moment to have seams on the outside, along with an exposed zip 🙂

    1. Becca

      May 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Thanks! I agree, anything reversible is awesome. I think you’re right about visible seams being fashionable. Not that I usually care about what’s “in”, but I think I really will wear it inside out sometimes. 🙂

  8. photosarah

    May 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

    I’ve definitely been wanting to make a Renfrew and your top is helping convince me even more.

    I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have been really enjoy your posts and projects!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Yay, go make one for yourself! Thanks for visiting my lil’ ol’ blog. 🙂

  9. diya

    May 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    It is a basic top .. But very well fitting 🙂 And I love the black and white dots.. Do you know even I have stitched one of this kind . I mean the fabric 🙂 Happy sewing .. you can check it out here. I love the pirnt !!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks! Your top is gorgeous, btw! I can see we’re both lovers of polka dots.

  10. Ashley

    May 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

    This top is really nice n versatile!

    1. Becca

      May 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      It’s great to have some basic tops in my wardrobe, so I can mix n’ match a bit.

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