i’ve blogged for nearly four years now and i always struggle in December – movies and early bedtimes just sound better than sewing on winter weeknights, and there are a lot of events all weekend every weekend all month long. buuuut it had bugged me that i had this sweater half cut out and i really wanted to WEAR the darn thing, so i finally finished it!
yep yep it’s a Linden Sweatshirt, the latest Grainline pattern. Jen has a knack for designing the sort of basics i want to live in day in and day out and she always nails the fit, so even if i don’t THINK i have a need for a “stylish sweatshirt,” i make hers and love it (and then i continue to beg her to make a jeans pattern because i trust her).
i love the slightly boxy shape of the sweater paired with a lower cut neckline, which keeps it feminine. this is View A (View B has cropped sleeves and body, could be fun to try).
i love the raglan sleeves and the fact that there’s no hemming, just cuffs. super fast sew. raglans are always fast though; they come together in a snap.
i made a 6 and i feel like it could be juuuust a touch longer, but that’s my fault – this french terry (from mill end) was really hard to true up and i had to trim off about 1/2” where the stripes had gone a bit wonky at the bottom. the navy blue ribbing is also from mill end. i sometimes seem to get a bit of waviness when joining a very stretchy rib knit to a not super stretchy other knit – got any tips for me there? should the ribbing be shorter? longer? press it more? maybe it’s just stretched out from sewing and will go away with a couple washings. hm.
get this – i finally did the thing i’ve feared doing for a couple years now and hit a pin with my serger blade, breaking it and sending it flying across the room. sooooo most of the ribbing was serged without the blade which is probably how i should’ve been doing it anyway, seam-allowance wise.
my serger knives were dull and i was going to have to find more soon, so it just forced the issue. i ordered new upper and lower knives here, seemed like a reasonable price and i threw in some needles to get free shipping. i have a Brother 1034D (affiliate link) and it’s a bit noisy and bouncy compared to higher end models, but it gets the job done and the price can’t be beat.
i’m looking forward to making more Lindens and i also want to sew a Lane Raglan, which is designed more as a t-shirt, to see how they compare.
hey would ya look at this little photobomber? he just turned FOUR! 🙂