Renfrew on a Mission!

Renfrew Mission opening door Renfrew Mission back

I have been on a mission to make a sweater knit dress and I finally figured out how to do it! After making my first Mission Maxi, I realized I wanted the shaping of that dress but with regular t-shirt shoulders, armholes and of course I really wanted long sleeves!

Renfrew Mission full view Renfrew Mission shoudlers

So, I took the Sewaholic Renfrew (I’m SO late to this party) and used the shoulders and sleeves of it and then gently traced over the Mission Maxi for the waist and hip shaping. I did use the wider Renfrew bust area shaping because I wanted to give room for the thicker sweater knit. But I also used one size smaller on the shoulders of the Renfrew for a quick fit. I cut the size 8 sleeves which worked perfectly.

Renfrew Mission side Renfrew Mission front

I’m super happy with the outcome! I already have planned to make some more of these sweater dresses. I made my own neck binding again and folded under the sleeve hem and zig zagged it. I also made a hem band for the bottom hem to make finishing fast and easy. At least that’s what makes it fast and easy for me.

Below are the other two knits I bought when I was visiting Gillian and the sewcialists in Canada. This first one is thicker and I can see myself living in a dress made of it. It’s backed with something super soft and warm.


This next one is just like the blue one but in a cream and sorta yellow.



Anyone else looking in the direction of the sweater dress isle? Does that even exist? It should, right!

38 thoughts on “Renfrew on a Mission!

  1. Alessa says:

    Ooh, I’m definitely in the mood for sweater dresses! I just made two Lolas (from Victory Patterns), one in a thicker jersey and one in a polka-dotted fleece. I also have some sweater fabric that looks similar to your top one, with snowflakes and reindeer but in red&white and I’m thinking of a Renfrew dress with a half circle skirt…
    Love both of your Mission sweater dresses! Yay for stripes!

  2. Brooke says:

    I’ve been looking for a sweater dress (or at least the knit fabric) with long sleeves for years! For some stupid reason, everything is short sleeved. I may have to have some fabric custom made because I’m just not finding anything.

    Love yours! It’s cute, practical, and casual! =)

  3. gmariesews says:

    Love this dress! I adore that top fabric. I might need to make some sweatery type dresses this winter – it’s gonna be cold in Seattle! g

    • Leila says:

      Thanks! If someone finds a pattern like this I’d love to see it! But yeah, I’ve been searching and wanting something like this for forever. Can’t wait to see one if you make it. yay!

  4. Sylvie says:

    I love sweater dresses but they don’t always love my curves. My Lady Skater dress sort of does the trick, but I am planning a similar dress with more of a sweatery material. I wonder if I could make a Laurel sweater dress?

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