more linden sweatshirts

My new favourite pattern might just be anything Jen from Grainline designs! My love affair with jersey is in full swing and after the success of my first Linden sweatshirt I just had to make a couple more!

This white jersey (viscose mix?) had been in my stash for years. Silky soft, drapey and just a joy to wear, this makes me feel like a hundred bucks instead of like I’m wearing a sweatshirt!

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt | little home by hand blog

Unfortunately white fabric photographs really badly. There is an issue with bubbly seams at both neck and hemline (anyone know how to avoid this?) but nevertheless I find myself reaching for this sweater constantly. Quite possibly the most wearable item I have ever made!

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt | little home by hand blog

My third Linden is made with a dense cotton jersey in a nondescript oatmeal color. Because it doesn’t drape as nicely I had categorized this as a near failure. Actually photographing it made me realize I really like it on me! It’s definitely less dressy and less ‘wear to work’ than the white version but I’ll quite possibly grow to love it for casual wear.

Grainline Linden Sweatshirt | little home by hand blog
Grainline Linden Sweatshirt | little home by hand blog
Grainline Linden Sweatshirt | little home by hand blog

Ironing – who invented it and why do we need to do it all the time?

Oh, a question – do you all hang or fold your tops and sweaters? I used to fold everything except dresses, cardigans and dressy shirts but I’ve recently tried to hang my sweaters to prevent wrinkles. Marie Kondo says you should listen to your clothes and they’ll tell you how they want to be treated and stored but I seem to have a bit of a communication problem going on with my Lindens.

Interestingly in combination of trying to live minimalistically and developing a capsule wardrobe I am edging closer to a signature look with lots of navy blue, white or cream colored tops and a generally loose and drapey fit. It’s a fascinating journey (well, if you are interested in clothes at all) and a work in progress.

What’s next? A Hemlock tee and a summer skirt – already sewn and photographed, to be blogged soon! Also, a jersey dress, another skirt and a Morris blazer in the to be made queue.

What are you sewing at the moment?

12 thoughts on “more linden sweatshirts

  1. Ine

    The sweatshirts really have something luxurious over them. I wish I could sew like that! I refer hanging my shirts and tops too, otherwise my closet becomes a mess and I noticed that I don’t wear certain tops anymore, simply because when they’re folded, I forget about them. When they hang, you can easily ‘browse’ your hanging clothes and think about pieces of clothing that make a nice outfit.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thanks for sharing! I think this is what I’ll do too – hang everything that can be hung and only fold the very stretchy stuff

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  2. Ruth

    Kristina these are so so beautiful! I love the oatmeal color on the second one. You’re making me want to sew! I’ve been wanting to learn to sew for ages, and I was really inspired by everyone’s posts in May. I too love the Grainline Studio patterns. Hopefully I can get my mom and aunt to teach me some of their wisdom while I’m home this summer.

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  3. Inge

    I love both sweatshirts! They look so good and exactly what I would want to wear. I don’t have a lot of hanging space in my closet so I fold everything but dresses, cardigans and blouses. But these seem like they may be slippery when folded? If they don’t stay neat folded, I would certainly hang them. I haven’t sewn anything for a while now, but I think I’ll get started on some maxi skirts soon!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Oh, maxi skirts sounds good! I actually made a jersey skirt recently and LOVE it! So easy and comfortable. Do share your skirts when you make them!

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  4. kathryn

    These are gorgeous! Grainline patterns seem so simple but chic, I’ve only made the Scout & Tiny pocket tank so far but theyre both so well drafted. I’m looking forward to seeing your hemlocks too as I fancy making this pattern.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Definitely, Grainline patterns are beautiful and so highly wearable! I’ll try and share the Hemlock soon🙂

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