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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?