The effort to catch up on blogging my makes continues following the completion of 5 out of 6 garments that I had been sewing in parallel.
So first…another Grainline Linden. After my first linden make ( a pink reversible lightweight summer Linden) , I wanted to make another slightly heavier weight version for the colder weather.
The fabric came from a visit to Abakhans in Manchester in August and cost me only £5.04. ( sold by weight)
There’s not much to add to the making of my pink Linden other than adjustments to the neck band.
My previous make looked as though the band was going to be much too small, so after googling tips on neckbands I cut and applied a band that measured 75% of the neckline. Whilst it looked fine when tacked in place I have always felt it is still too loose and stNds away from the neck too much ( but not enough to unpick and redo it). So this time I calculated the length required at different % – and even the exact spacing for the length at the seam lines of the body. See my notes below!
I settled for a band length of 44 cm or c 73% % of the neck length and I am happy to say that it has worked.
The end result is the sort of jumper I wear lots when around the house so I am sure it’s going to get a lot of wear.
The second make was not for me, but for my mother. It was her 90th birthday last weekend and the usual dilemma of what to get her arose. She is in a wheelchair or bed all the time and can do nothing for herself. She is also blind. She has been wearing RTW soft pyjama bottoms with straight legs and elasticated waist for comfort, but many of these are lightweight. So with winter approaching I decided to make her a pair of simple pull on trousers in a heavier fabric. I bought the fabric at Fabricland. It’s ideal – very soft , medium weight and was easy to sew on the overlocker.
I used a very ancient pyjama pattern, checking the leg width against a friend’s pattern as it looked so wide ( and did need narrowing) the sizing is a bit of a guess. Again my friend who is closer to my mums size helped by trying them on. The waist elastic length is an informed guess ( with amount left for adjustment if required) and the length similarly may need to be altered.
They are complete with name tab and room number ( required for laundry)
Unfortunately my mum will never see them , being blind. But I hope as someone who used to sew she can still appreciate the effort that has gone into the make.
And here is a picture of the family at the party in the nursing home. Quite a gathering – I think the last time we were altogether was 4 years ago for my Dad’s 90th! ( minus girlfriends then)
I am wearing the last item left to blog – my Sew Different dress. More on that later when it’s washed and ready to photograph