I’m Erica from Handmade Wardrobe. I live in Halifax, on the east coast of Canada, where I am a public librarian. I started sewing about 7 years ago when I became fed up with trying to make ready-to-wear items work for my petite (5’2″) but curvy body. When I’m not working or sewing, I’m reading lots of non-fiction (favourite topics include: art-theft, female spies and code-breakers, and memoirs of quirky people) or roaming through parks with my husband and our dog, Yuri.
One of the garments that propelled me to really get serious about sewing was a Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio that I made 3 years ago. It was the first time I’d worked with knits and I used a dense ponte. It was an item I could throw on for anything and I wore that shirt everywhere: I dressed it up for work; I wore it as pyjamas; I wore it out to parties. I have since made four other versions and I wear them just as much. It’s the item I go back to when I have lost my sew-jo. For me, it’s a refreshing sewing-palate-cleanser. I find that having the occasional quick make helps me to feel productive when I’m in the middle of a more involved sewing project and sometimes it’s just nice to feel like you’ve actually finished something!
For this new Linden, I used a mix of two different sweater knits to create a cozy version of a preppy classic. I’ve been on a mission to bring in more solids to my handmade wardrobe and I was happy to be able to salvage this sweater out of an older project that was not working out. I had to piece the sleeves together, but we’ll just call that customization.
The Linden is a fantastic pattern for a few reasons:
- This sweatshirt will look drastically different depending on your fabric style and substrate (i.e. structured ponte or scuba vs. drapey linen jersey).
- Can’t knit? No problem! Sweater knits work beautifully for the Linden. I am a terrible knitter, but I still want cozy items to pull out when the temperature dips (or the air-conditioning at work is overly aggressive).
- You can adjust the fit easily. I size down in the body; I size up in the band and I don’t need to do an FBA.
- The Linden makes a great gift! Just ask all those participating in the International Linden Swap.
- It can be made in an afternoon and without much fabric. Chances are, you already have enough of something in your stash.
How about you, Sewcialists? Do you have a palate-cleanser pattern?