I made a bunch of Grainline Linden sweatshirts this winter, and I have worn them in pretty constant rotation ever since! This first one is probably my most worn- it is super comfortable in a organic cotton/hemp blend heavy weight jersey (feels like a light weight french terry). When I got this pattern I didn’t think I would make the short sleeve/cropped version….I only tried it because I was short on fabric. But it has turned out to be my favorite view! It feels a bit more stylish than a standard sweatshirt, but still cozy and comfortable. I added bands to the arms and waist, so it is a bit of a hybrid of the two views in the pattern. I made my bands just slightly shorter in length than the body of the sweatshirt, because I didn’t want any gathering of the fabric. This next one is made up in a Liberty fleece…I wish I could say that I felt this fabric is worth the price, but honestly it feels a bit “meh” to me. It’s fairly thick, cotton sweatshirt fabric. A little stiff after several wash/dry cycles, and so you are paying mostly for the print. Which I really love, but at $40 per yard….I dunno. I actually got it on sale from Fabric.com for $34 and only used one yard, so I guess I’m good with it. In all my Linden making (and a Rigel Bomber that hasn’t made it here to the blog yet) I have explored lots of different ribbing fabric. The conclusion that I have come to is- don’t even bother with ribbing that doesn’t have lycra in it. Good recovery is key, and at least with the ones I have used it’s just not there without some lycra to bring it back in. The ribbing on this sweatshirt is due to be replaced- it is all cotton and after washing/wearing for a while it is all stretched out and not looking so great. A shame, because the color was a perfect match! But I have some cream colored ribbing (with lycra!) to replace it. I don’t have any really great sources to report- I’ve bought some locally, some on line, and had mixed results always. This next one was a fun experiment that actually worked out! I bought this yummy mammoth flannel and promptly made a really ugly poncho with it…and then had the idea to try and salvage the fabric by making a woven Linden. Cut on the bias, this fabric is quite stretchy! And thick, and soft…perfect for a sweatshirt. I had this navy and white ribbing in my stash that was such a perfect match…it was pure happiness putting these two fabrics together This definitely feels like a wintery shirt so it hasn’t been worn a a while but I will be living in it next fall/winter. I wish you could come over and feel this next fabric- it’s basically the most perfectly squishy, thick french terry with large loops on the back side. AND it has matching ribbing. The holy grail!! I got it on Etsy (french terry here, matching ribbing here). I love this sweatshirt and wear it all the time around the house. It does make it outside too, but I feel a little “mom in sweats” when I wear it so…it mostly sticks to school runs and quick grocery store trips.I wanted to start sharing size information with you- sometimes I read blog post and I am all like “PLEASE TELL ME WHAT SIZE YOU MADE!!” but I feel a bit rude asking (not that I’ve never asked, hehe) So I’ll add that info from now on:
My measurements: Bust 32″ Waist 27″ Hip 36″
Size made: Size 2, no adjustments other than making up my own bands for the cropped versions
I love this pattern, like all Grainline patterns. I always have complete confidence that I will end up with a professional, well fitting garment in the end. And that’s pretty cool I am super excited for her blazer pattern to come out!