Wednesday 22 April 2015

Grainline Floral Linden Sweatshirt

You've probably seen this sweatshirt somewhere before?  Linden sweatshirts have been all over the sewing blogs the last few months.  It's a Grainline pattern designed by Jen Beeman.  I've made her Alder dress,  actually I made two and it was one of my favourite patterns of last summer.

The sweatshirt is all cotton, fleece backed with only a little stretch.  I bought it from Guthrie and Ghani.  It's not listed as Liberty fleece but the pattern looks to me like it is.  A few other bloggers have used the same irresistible fabric/pattern combo including Lauren of G&G and Karyn of Make Something

So what is it about this pattern that makes it so popular?  There are cheaper similar patterns from the big pattern houses like Simplicity, why not choose one of these?   I swear Jen has a magic touch for designing modern classic casual clothes that suit many shapes sizes and ages.  I am not really a big sweatshirt wearer.  I find most sweatshirts are too boxy and just make me look saggy and shapeless and I had a sneaky feeling that the Simplicity one would do just that. This one felt just right.  I did make a test garment out of an old cotton jersey duvet cover, just to check sizing.  I find that indie patterns for knit jersey designs take into account jersey sewing techniques such as smaller seam allowance, using double needles for hems, adding a flat sleeve rather than insertion into an armscye etc. and the big pattern houses don't always do the same. All the pattern details are below:

  • Size 2 based on bust size 33" which is my bust size
  • Because of lack of stretch in this knit, I cut the cuffs on the bias (as recommended by Jen and also used by Karyn) in cut them slightly bigger at a size 4.  The alternative is to use ribbing.
  • The next binding is also cut on the bias butI cut a much larger size band to allow for reduced stretch, I cut between size 14/16
  • The hem band is cut on the straight, I used a slightly bigger size 4 to make up the lack of stretch
  • Seam allowances are narrow at ¼".  You could always add a little extra to make for a bigger seam allowance if that is more comfortable for you.
  • I used my overlocker/serger throughout.  I did baste the the neck binding with long machine straight stitch and top stitched this area too.
  • Paper Pattern from Village Haberdashery, or PDF version from Grainline
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It is a quick and rewarding make and a pattern that will last me well over the years.  The instructions are clear and the diagrams neat and informative as usual.   I have worn this version many times at home and in pilates and yoga classes.  I bought the paper pattern from Village Haberdashery and it is well worth the investment, I'll make it again for me and I'm guessing the daughter will want one too- I've got her coming along to pilates too.  I probably owe her for taking my photographs...

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  1. Looks gorgeous Kerry! I'm working on one myself and just need to see on the bottom and sleeve cuffs. Three pieces of fabric! Lol. And it's sitting on my floor waiting for me to come back to it. I hope mine looks as cute as yours.

  2. That's lovely Kerry. I'm not really a sweatshirt person, but I'd make an exception for one like this.

  3. Very nice. I agree it looks very much like a Liberty print called Dulwich Park. Lovely.

  4. Very nice. I agree it looks very much like a Liberty print called Dulwich Park. Lovely.

  5. It's a gorgeous sweatshirt - not something you often get to say!


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