What’s that? ( I hear you ask) A new release indie pattern ?
No, it’s my first Grainline Linden sweatshirt- and it’s reversible.
It started with the fabric. As part of my #designyourwardrobe summer sewing I needed some pops of colour and versatile tops to go with a mix and match wardrobe ( largely blue). So a bright pink sweatshirt was on my list
I have a RTW sweatshirt made from a lightweight terry that I find very useful in the summer. It’s a simple boxy shape, short enough to throw on with skirts as well as trousers, and the lightweight terry is great when you need something to keep the evening ( or U.K. summer days (in previous summers) chill off.
I spotted the ideal fabric at Girl Charlee and ordered a couple of metres. It’s got a lovely drape and really nice quality. Perhaps a tad lighter weight than my RTW top but still great for the project
I already had the Linden sweatshirt pattern. Having seen some great versions in other blogs it was on my list of patterns I wanted to make up.
And then the dilemma. Which was the right side?
My first google search said the looped side ( bright pink) was the “wrong “ side. And then I found the magic words…..
“ tri-blend french terry knit. Super soft with a smooth top surface, very low bottom loop pile so you can use either side, fluid drape, and nice stretch.”
So I decided to make it with the bright pink as my right side, but attempt to finish the inside in a way that made the sweatshirt reversible.
I cut a size 2 omitting the bottom band but lengthening the body slightly to get the same finished length as my RTW top
All seams were overlocked in a contrasting white and then stitched flat using a stretch stitch on my sewing machine. I did this from the overlocked side using white thread in the upper needle but bright pink thread in the bobbin to create a neater less visible effect on the bright pink side.
The neck band and sleeve cuffs were both used with smooth light pink as “right” side
One modification I did have to make was to lengthen the band for the neckline. I took one look at it before attaching it and thought “ too small”. I googled for any info on this and quickly found a blogger who had Encountered exactly the same problem. She had used a calculation of 0.75 of actual length, which I have replicated. I think it could have been slightly tighter and have made a note of this for future makes.
I am happy to say the final result is that it worked and I have a reversible Linden!
There are a couple of things I would do differently next time
Play a little more with calculation for neck band
Consider taking in side seams slightly ,especially if thicker fabric, as it is quite roomy
I can see why this pattern is so popular. It’s a good staple garment and is easy and quick to make. It also lends itself well to modifications and mixing and matching fabrics. I have seen some lovely versions on line using a front contrasting fabric – maybe next time!