Renfrew Top: Choosing Which View To Make?

Which view of the Renfrew Top should you make? If you’re undecided, here are some things to consider. I personally love all three views!

Here’s the wonderful thing about this pattern: all of the sleeves work with all of the necklines. So if you like the cowl neck of View C, but want short sleeves like View B, simply mix and match the pattern pieces to get the look you want!

Easiest Neckline

View C. I think the cowl neckline is the simplest to sew and the easiest to get great results. On that note, the V-neck on View B is the most challenging. (I plan to demonstrate how to sew it, but it’s still the most difficult to land perfectly.)

Most Practical Sleeve

This is my personal preference, but I love the three-quarter length sleeve the best. It’s long enough to be cosy, but stays out of the way when working. If you get cold easily, you might want long sleeves instead.

Best for Stripes

I think View A and View C, the round neckline and the V-neckline options, are the best for striped fabric. If you wanted to minimize the amount of stripe matching, the shortest sleeves are the easiest!

Warmest Option

Choose the cowl neckline of View C with the full-length sleeves of View A for maximum warmth!

Here are more blog posts about the Renfrew Top. (Get the pattern here.)

Which view are you going to make? Are you mixing the sleeves of one view with the neckline of another? I’d love to hear what you’re making, or which view you already made.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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29 Responses to Renfrew Top: Choosing Which View To Make?

  1. Seraphinalina October 5, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    I’m such a sucker for the cowl neck. I just kept making them over and over and never ventured over to views A and B. Also, 3/4 is my favourite sleeve length too. Warm enough for me but not too long to get in the way.

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      I love the cowl neck too! Of the three samples I made back in January, the cowl neck is my most frequently worn. I can’t tell if it’s the cowl itself, the colouring, or the 3/4 sleeves that I like best! (Probably all three.)

  2. LLBB October 5, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    First I made a short sleeve w scoop neck, then C, then B, and now I’m working on a view A :)

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Nice! That’s four different tops from the same pattern!

  3. Susanna October 5, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    I just made my first renfew yesterday and just love it. Had to go down 2 sizes though compared to my measured size to get it good fitting. Wearing it now and it is perfect!

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

      Wonderful! If you’re looking for a slimmer fit, going down a size is a great idea. I’m so glad you like how it turned out in the end!

  4. Alicia October 5, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Just wanted to say that I love these posts you’re doing about the Renfrew. So helpful! Thanks!

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad they’re useful. It’s so nice to see sewing in action rather than just words, I find!

  5. jillyb3 October 5, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I’ve made a long-sleeved scoop-neck, a long-sleeved cowl neck (so cozy!), a short-sleeved V-neck, and a short-sleeved cowl neck. Next will be a striped V-neck though I am undecided on the sleeves. I am looking forward to seeing how you put in the V-neck, as I figured it out, but only after lots of head-scratching. If you can’t tell, I love this pattern–it is such a breeze to put together and it is so versatile!

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      Wow! Another 4 tops, that’s wonderful. I’ll definitely post on the V-neck, it’s similar to the way the Crescent Skirt gets sewn to the waistband, the way the V gets attached, but I’ll demo it soon. Thrilled to hear you love the pattern!

  6. Latrice October 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    My first Renfrew is 3/4 sleeve with scoop neck. Second Renfrew is cowl neck with short sleeves, I also color-blocked it. I have two Renfrews on my sewing table, scoop neck with short sleeves and cowl neck with 3/4 sleeves.

    Oh and I am wearing my second Renfrew today. :-)

    • Tasia October 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

      Nice! So many variations already. Isn’t it nice to sew something cosy and easy to wear? :)

  7. Dana October 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I have made 3 tops so far. 2 of the v neck (trying to get the v right) and a round neck, all with short sleeves (am in Australia). I might try some 3/4 sleeves next Winter. I have to say I am enjoying these posts too. The Renfrew is not the most thrilling pattern, but is certainly the most practical and therefore my favorite.

  8. Alexandra Mason October 6, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I have just ordered this pattern and I can’t wait to make all 3 versions..I think I’m going to start with view A.

  9. Sarah October 6, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    I made two versions of the cowl neck with the short sleeves. I love the drape of the cowl, but probably won’t make more with it, because it gets very warm. I’m dreaming about trying to draft a low square neck version (my favourite neckline for just about anything), but want to make a v neck first to get the mitred neck band trick down :)

    • Tasia October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Oh cute! I love the cropped versions. Much easier than trying to tuck in the shirt! I hadn’t thought of that, cropping the top, it looks really cute and perfect for skirts that hit at the waist. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Ginger October 7, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Make them all! :)

  11. Gina October 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Just made my first Renfrew today, and I am delighted with it! Made the v-neck this time, but I foresee many more of these in my future!

    • Tasia October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm #


  12. Jacinta October 7, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I’ve made the cowl neck with the long sleeves twice … it’s definitely very comfy and with the cowl you usually don’t have to worry about a necklace or scarf. I’m planning on some scoop neck, short and 3/4 sleeve Renfrews next for the summer here. :)

    • Tasia October 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Exactly – I like the cowl for that reason too! It’s an instant accessory.

  13. a red ham October 8, 2012 at 2:56 am #

    I have already made 5 renfrew’s, with another cut out & fabric for a 7th! I made 2 long sleeved, cowls, two short sleeved round (with the left overs from the first 2!), and one 3/4 sleeve round. The one cut out is round with short sleeves & the fabric is for another cowl with long sleeves. I find v necks don’t suit me, but may get adventurous & try one soon. Thanks for the great go to pattern!

    • Tasia October 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      Five Renfrews, going on seven! That’s a lot of use out of one pattern. I’m so glad you like it!

  14. Summer October 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    I just ordered my Renfrew pattern! I plan to make view C first–I just adore cowls! This project will be a lot of firsts for me, but I’m ready to give it a shot! Now to choose a fabric…

  15. Kay October 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    I love the Renfrew pattern! I have only made the cowl neck so far, but I will eventually make them all, and I am certain that it will be my go to pattern for t-shirts!


  16. Janet June 11, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    Would LOVE a tute on sewing in the V neck band-
    or did I miss it- and you have done it??

    • Tasia June 12, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      Not yet, but it’s on my list to do soon! Funny you should mention it today on this old post as I’m planning to sew it and write about it soon.


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