So I am one of the few who didn’t fall for the Grainline Alder dress (I’ve seen many lovely versions on the interwebs — Kelly’s, Mela’s and Lizzy’s just to name a few — but for once I’m still not tempted).
I may not have jumped on the Alder train but I fell HARD for the other new Grainline pattern, the Linden sweatshirt. In fact, I’ve already made 4 Lindens, putting it squarely in my TNT category.
This pattern release was well-timed for me. Well, actually it was a couple weeks late! As soon as the weather started to cool down I was immediately drawn to all of the amazing hip-length raglan sweatshirts and sweaters that are out this season. I bought … several … before Linden was released and I started making my own!
Sure I could have tried using a raglan tee pattern as a sweatshirt base like Kelly did with great success. I did actually try that in the spring to no avail. In fact, it was kind of a disaster and it’s already gone in the Goodwill pile. I just found it hard to get the measurements right, the neckline was ridiculously wide and the proportions were all off. No, give me a nice, properly drafted sweatshirt pattern with exactly the ease and shape I want!
I’ve made both views of Linden so far and also combined different aspects from each. This is my perfect cold-weather pattern and I expect to wear my sweater versions all summer for work too.
The pink hearts and floral versions are both View A with the hem band and cuffs. I love wearing these on weekends and after work with leggings or jeans.
The black prints are both made with sweater knits and are great for the office. This first one is View B with the short sleeves and shorter length. It will definitely work all through the summer too.
The Aztec print combines elements of Views A and B. I omitted the bands like in View B but lengthened the bodice and sleeves to have the same length as View A. I love wearing this one. I think the length and drape make it so flattering.
All of my fabrics are from Wanderlust Fabrics, my new favorite source for knits. (I refrained from buying anything during its Black Friday sale which, believe me took some serious restraint!). The floral and hearts are both French terry. The hearts in particular are soooo soft and I love wearing them!
The other two are sweater knits so they’re a little thinner and have amazing drape. The ribbing for all four is from an Etsy shop called Stylish Fabrics. This shop carries sweater knit ribbing, which I like so much better than the cotton ribbing I’ve used in the past. At least for this sort of garment.
Linden gets two wholehearted thumbs up from me!
Pattern: Linden sweatshirt from Grainline Studios.
Difficulty: Knit beginner. This would be a great intro to sewing with knits and even a good first project. The drafting is top-notch, the fit is forgiving and construction is easy.
Techniques required: Sewing knits, hemming knits, sewing bands.
Modifications: None. I combined some elements of the two views, as detailed above.
Fit: Perfect. I love how this top fits me. It’s comfy and a perfect fit across the shoulders.
Pattern Format: I have the PDF version of Linden, mostly because I was so anxious to start making sweatshirts that I didn’t want to wait for the printed pattern to be released. I actually made my first ones before the printed pattern came out so that wasn’t a completely ridiculous urge. However, given my druthers, I will pretty much always choose printed patterns. This pattern is available in both.
- Great fit, and really flattering design.
- Raglans look good on pretty much everyone.
- Easy construction. Even a knits beginner should be able to handle this top.
- The entire top can be sewn on the serger. That makes it seriously fast.
- Plenty of options for color-blocking, which would be a great way to use up smaller knit pieces.
- Even if you already have a good raglan t-shirt pattern, I still think this pattern is worth the money. The fit on a sweatshirt is looser in certain areas than a t-shirt and I found it more challenging than I expected to get a sweatshirt fit from a raglan t-shirt pattern.
- I really don’t have any. Unless you don’t like the styling or think it’s too simple to pay money for, there is nothing bad about this pattern. Every one of Jen’s patterns that I’ve worked with has been absolutely top-notch.
Overall Grade: A. This is exactly what I wanted this winter and it’s already a TNT. It’s like Jen was reading my mind with Linden. This one gets a wholehearted recommendation from me!
**No freebies here. I paid for everything.
**J took all the photos in this post. We have some work to do on his photography skills, but overall not bad for a 5-year-old!