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  • Grainline Linden Sweatshirt

    I have a new favorite pattern, and it's definitely not helping the fact that I REALLY want a serger. The Grainline Linden sweatshirt is such a perfect, quick project to whip up, I might just make two more this week.

    The style fits in nicely with the rest of my cold weather wardrobe. A friend at work always jokes that I dress super girly in the warm weather, lots of twirly dresses and bright colors, and then switch into tomboy mode once it cools down. She's pretty accurate, I love loose tees, crew neck sweaters layered over button ups, and everything menswear inspired. My shoe collection looks shockingly similar to Tony's, and I reach for warm, cozy layers.

    I made both versions of this top and I love them equally. First up is view A, a classic raglan sleeve, crew neck sweatshirt. I tiled the PDF pattern, traced out my size, cut, and finished this entire top in under 4 hours.

    Tony and I were in New York a couple weeks ago, so I picked up a ton of sweatshirt fleece and french terry at Mood. I started off with a classic heather grey. I cut a size 4 based on the finished measurements of this top, and comparing them to a RTW sweatshirt I like the fit on, and while I'm happy it and it's totally wearable, I'll make a few adjustments for the next one.

    There's a bit of excess material near the armpit, the sleeves are a touch long, and I would like the neckline binding to be a bit wider on my next version. The inside of this fabric is so soft, I was tempted to make it with the wrong side facing out, but luckily Noah at Gather Here was able to talk me out of it, since it would have been like wearing velcro.

    Flat Cat came to hang out during our photoshoot, he approves.

    Version B came together even quicker today since it doesn't require sleeve bindings or a bottom band. For this I re-traced the pattern and graded from a 2 to a 6 and I'm really happy with the final result, I'll make these same adjustments to the long sleeve version.

    I used some leftover black organic jersey I had from last year, and made some cuffed sleeves and mimicked a twin needle hem by sewing two rows of stitching about 1/8 inch apart. SInce jersey doesn't fray, I used my regular sewing machine for this version, and had great success using the stretch stitch and fancy walking foot that my Pfaff has built right in. Our street was busy tonight, so my awkward game was spot on.

    The subtle high-low hem is really flattering, and this feels so comfortable on. I like the slightly more open neckline since, I find it much more flattering than a real crew neck. I'm planning to make a second version out of a much heavier knit, so I'm interested to see how the shape will change, I can see this a bit more structured with a button up underneath.

    Jen makes some of my favorite patterns. When I first starting sewing a few years ago, I was drawn to dresses and skirts, probably because they are a bit less intimidating to fit, but I have tons of stuff hanging in my closet that just doesn't get worn. It was tough for a while to find patterns that don't feel super twee, and aren't so basic that I couldn't just draft it myself. Grainline patterns fill that void for me, they are always easy to fit, modern shapes, and the instructions are spot on. 

  • Anchors away

    Last week I finished up this blouse in 2 nights. It's the Lisette market blouse, it was quite simple to fit and easy to sew. I had picked up this pattern ages ago on sale, thinking I might possibly make the skirt, but then it sat around in the studio for a year and I never really felt excited about making it. I tend to always make dresses, and realized I really needed to focus on making summer blouses so I went through all the patterns I owned and figured why not!

    Jeans, J. Crew :: Bag, Madewell :: Shoes, Spring Step

    The only adjustment I made on this version was my usual shortening of the bodice. I cut out the shoulders, sleeves, and upper torso in a 10 and graded from a couple inches below the bust dart down into the 14 so I would have a bit more room in the hip. I'm planning on adding back darts to the next version as this is still a bit boxy, but perfect for tucking in. For the first time ever I found this pattern to be rather short, I would absolutely add length if you have an average or long torso. 

    Wanting to wear something I've made to a specific event is always the best motivation. I wore this little nautical number to the Etsy Global Craft party at Gather Here on Thursday evening. We made toys for kids at Boston Children's Hospital. I made what started out as a white peacock finger puppet but ended up looking a bit more like a purple turkey.