Soft as butter
The Linden Sweatshirt was one of those patterns that didn’t appeal from the beginning. Don’t get my wrong, I love a raglan sleeve and a relaxed style, but I wasn’t convinced that this pattern was ‘me’. But then so many awesome versions were created and shared in the online sewing community that I soon realised that the humble sweatshirt didn’t just belong in the realm of exercise gear or comfy house clothes… it too could be stylish. Stylish and comfortable… I was in!
Once I’d got my head around the style stuff… a piece of liberty fleece from my stashing started screaming to be sewn into a Linden. I decided to make a (hopefully) wearable toile from some stash fabric before cutting into the precious fleece.
When shopping my stash I ummed and ahhhed about the main fabric and different ribbing combinations but finally settled on this buttery soft merino double knit (or was that ponit?) remnant from Tessuti. This fabric is gorgeous, but it was one of those cases that I didn’t realise how gorgeous it was until I was working with it. The merino sewed and pressed beautifully and had an amazing amount of drape.
I sewed up a size 8, as per my bust measurements, and the drape of my fabric makes for a very slouchy top. In hindsight, with this fabric I could probably have sized down one or maybe two sizes, but that’s not going to stop my wearing it!
Considering the Liberty fleece I plan to use for this pattern next has basically no stretch, I’m going to stick with the size 8. It will be interesting to compare the two finished items. I’m fascinated by how fabric, and in particular it’s drape, can effect sizing. I think it’s one of the reasons that I love a good pattern repeat as you can learn so much.
Before I sign off with some detail photos, a project summary and a photo out-take, a word of warning on sleeve length. I found the sleeves on this pattern to be on the long side. I removed 1 inch from both the lengthen/shorten lines on the sleeve pattern and then removed 3/8 inch from the end when attached the cuffs (that’s a total of 2 3/8 inches or 6 cm). I do consider myself to have shortish arms… but not that short! So if you are planning on making the Linden Sweatshirt I would recommend that you check your arm length against the pattern piece before cutting out your fabric.
Pattern: Grainline’s Linden Sweatshirt (pdf & paper)
Fabric: Merino double knit (ponti?) remnant from Tessuti
Alterations: Shortened the sleeves by a total of 2 3/8″ (6cm)
Accessories: Scarf purchased at Scarlet Jones & boots from Florsheim