I splurged. In so many ways, the Sewaholic Renfrew was a splurge for me. I haven't spent more than $10 on any one pattern in the past, so $16 (+ shipping!) is a hard number to swallow... and for what? A T-shirt pattern! I can buy t-shirt's at Target for $3 on the clearance rack that I like perfectly fine.
somebody bought some stuff from my shop so I had some PayPal money and I kept getting emails about the pre-order for this pattern with a free shipping code. Then I started to see the testers' creations pop up. And I got more and more curious.
I finally decided I couldn't really rationalize it, but that I would just splurge. I ordered the pattern on the last day of the pre-order and it shipped very soon afterward.
JoAnn Fabrics was opening soon and there were sure to be a decent selection of knits and maybe I could catch a sale or get a coupon.
And that's just what I did. I went opening day to the shiny new JoAnn's and got some purple knit at 40% off. Then I came home and made this the next day.
I was so thrilled (despite having cut the pieces with the stretch going the wrong direction) that I wore it to church the next day and immediately threw it in the wash that evening so it would be ready to wear again. Cost of this shirt - $23
As I was thinking about getting dressed half-way through the day today, (yes, I was in my pj's until after lunch) I was very tempted to go grab my purple cowl t-shirt again. As I was tidying up a bit, I discovered this forgotten yard of knit fabric in my stash and immediately knew that I MUST MAKE ANOTHER RENFREW. I whipped this one up in about an hour while my girls were napping and get this, I used LESS than a yard. Isn't that fabulous!?
New cost analysis:
purple cowl - $15 (half the price of the pattern plus the cost of fabric)
apple scoop neck - $6 (half the price of the pattern and free fabric from stash)
And now it's not seeming quite as expensive. Big sigh of relief and two cute t-shirts for me!