Pandering to my love of a novelty print

Pandering to my love of a novelty print

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Is there a place for a novelty print jumper in my wardrobe?  Hell yes!

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I purchased this panda sweatshirt fabric from Crafty Mamas Fabrics in August last year (now sold out) because… pandas and orange.  Enough said.  The bonus was that it’s a lovely quality fabric.

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When our Autumn weather finally arrived last week, this jumper was the first thing I sewed.  The fabric was designed by Andrea Lauren and this design, and many others, are available in her shop on Spoonflower.

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The pattern needs no introduction… Grainline’s Linden Sweatshirt is loved far and wide.  This is my third version and it’s unlikely to be my last.  Although, I am keen to try the Sloane Sweatshirt from Named as I’m curious about those French darts.

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I have a love/hate relationship with hem bands.  Actually, it’s more hate than love.  For this version, I ignored the hem band, added and inch to the front and back pattern pieces and secured the hem with a twin needle.  I’m really pleased with the result.

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Just like on my Liberty fleece version, I used the main fabric for the neckband and cuffs.  As my panda fabric had less stretch than the suggested ribbing, I added a little length to those pieces.  Sorry, I was just going on gut feel and didn’t document my changes… my bad.

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My final tweak… I removed one and a half inches from the sleeve length. I wasn’t blessed with long limbs!

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Pattern:  Grainline’s Linden Sweatshirt (pdf & paper)
Size: 
4
Fabric: 
Sweatshirt fabric purchased from Crafty Mamas Fabrics (sold out) and designed by Andrea Lauren
Alterations: 
Shortened the sleeves by a total of 1.5″ (4 cm).  Added length to the neckband and cuffs to account for the lack of stretch in my the fleece.  Left off the hem band and added length to the body of the sweatshirt and hemmed with a twin needle.
Accessories:  Scarf from Scarlet Jones and boots from Florsheim

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