the horsing-around shirt

Growing up I loved horses. I collected Grand Champion figurines, read the Saddle Club books, and for my birthday received books on how to draw realistic equines. Occasionally I’d have the treat of riding real horses on vacation. But in my sewing I’ve steered clear of horsey novelty prints. More often than not, horse fabric reminds me of horse shirts which lead to unicorn shirts which lead to howling wolf shirts. It’s a slippery slope. So I made a personal policy to simply avoid all horse-themed novelty fabrics.


But this print had me smitten. I don’t know what it was, because horses, horseshoes, and hearts on their own would have slid right past my radar. For whatever reason, this novelty combo spoke to me and I was giddy when it arrived in the mail. (I made the rookie mistake,  however, of prewashing it with red fabric and gasped in horror when it came out of the wash pink. But two more cycles and plenty of washing soda later, it was good as new.)

IMG_7613{I can’t explain why this picture makes it look like my house is sliding to the left, because it’s definitely not. My home is more or less level, even though the chalkboard looks about ready to slide out of the frame all together.}

This is another Renfrew shirt and one of the projects I wanted to check off before my trip to Colorado. This is such a quick make that I really do need to sew more. I just love it. And I love how the shirt accommodates my pregnant body. I think I’ll be able to wear Renfrews until the third trimester, easy. And because I didn’t have to make any pattern adjustments to account for the babe, I’ll be able to wear this shirt next summer when I’m not pregnant. Winning.


{I took these photos on a bad, hot allergy day and the vain side of me would have waited until I could wear contacts and wear my hair down. Though the practical side said, “Hey, you’re comfortable and now is convenient. So just take the damn pictures.” And here we are.}


{Alas, in previewing these photos while taking them, I failed to see that the only thing in focus here in the ugly outlet. C’est la vie.}

The knit itself is wonderful. It has some body to it, which is great for a shirt like this. The only thing about this particular shirt that makes me cringe is the neckline. When I was stitching it up, I distractedly sewed the neck band on wrong-side-out and had to take out the entire serged hem. Doing that ended up completely stretching out the neckline. I thought that maybe if I used a new neck band, the neckline would right itself. Alas.


So the neck is a little wonky, and that’s the only thing that I don’t love about this shirt. I’ve worn the shirt twice already, and just really, really love it. Never in a million years would I think that I’d like and buy horse fabric, but I did and I don’t regret it one bit.

***Specs: Another Sewaholic Renfrew sewn in a 4 graded out to a 6 (even factoring in the bump). The neckline wouldn’t have given me any problems if I’d have just sewn the band on correctly the first time. My other Renfrew shirt did not suffer this problem. I found the horse fabric at, and when I went to find the link for it, the listing had disappeared. So, if I had worked up your excitement for horse/horseshoe/heart fabric, I’m sorry that it’s vanished. (I don’t even know the designer or anything.)

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  1. Sandy
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I love the shirt and I think you look cute with your hair up and glasses on.

    • Charlotte
      Posted June 18, 2015 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks, lady!

  2. Michelle
    Posted June 27, 2015 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Your shirt is darling and so is your baby bump!

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