It is SO COLD! Our weather here went from t-shirts to hibernation in a week and I was not even a little bit prepared! However this coincided with the release of Grainline Studio’s new Linden Sweatshirt pattern and I am so excited! In fact I was so excited I downloaded, printed and assembled my pattern all on the day of release, and would have made a sweatshirt if I wasn’t waiting on ribbing!
The Linden pattern is a raglan sleeve, relaxed-fit sweatshirt with a slightly scooped neckline. There’s an option for a cropped version with shorter sleeves or full length with ribbed cuffs and hem. As I wanted something really warm and cosy for the colder weather, I made view A with full length sleeves and bodice, however I have seen some great cropped versions such as Stephanie’s.
The pattern sews up really quickly and I did all of the assembly on my overlocker, just using a twin needle for the neckline. I also used my twin needle on the hem and cuffs on my first version however it did stretch the fabric a little as I don’t have a walking foot for my machine yet (next on my list!). I have already made two sweatshirts, with my second one only taking me an hour and 10 minutes from cutting to finish!
I made my versions from this fabric I bought in Joann Fabrics when I was in the US this summer. It is a reversible knit which is awesome and totally justifies the price, $16.99 a yard, which in UK terms is £10.79. I bought two yards because it was on sale when I bought it, at $11.89 a yard (£7.55) and I loved both sides so I knew I would use it to make two different tops. It is incredibly soft and, although it doesn’t feel heavy, it is really warm and cozy – like wearing a hug! I bought my ribbing from Fabric Land in Brighton. I think it was about £6 a metre however the sweatshirt uses so little that I have loads spare. It is a little coarse compared to the soft knit however it softened up after washing and it is light enough that it doesn’t make the top hang strangely.
I managed to get both of these sweatshirts out of 2 yards which is great. I cut a US size 2, although I am usually a size 0 in Grainline Studio patterns, however I was really keen that it wasn’t too tight and a 2 is perfect. It is also great on the sleeves and body which is unusual as I have a long body and long arms!
I completely love this pattern and am really looking forward to making more – if only the UK had more affordable sweatshirt fabric/ribbing! I’m still searching!
Pattern: Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt
Materials: Fashion Knits – Black Reversible Fabric fron Joann Fabrics. Black ribbing from Fabric Land.
Sizing/Adjustments: US size 2, no adjustments.
Cost: Both versions: £7.55 fabric each. £1 ribbing each. Stash thread. Overall £8.55 each.