Ooof it suddenly got cold round here! I need jumpers! I have barely any, and seeing as I want to end up with an entirely home sewn wardrobe, I need to sew a few up. I was literally seconds away from drafting my own version when Jen, from Grainline, released her newest pattern – the Linden sweatshirt. Thus saving me from a drafting headache. This pattern is pretty perfect for my needs. It is simple and comfy and insanely easy to wear. In fact so easy to make and wear, I made two! I think this might be what I do when I like a pattern – Just make everything in dublicate. You need options, right?
I have been dreaming up the first version for ages… since I saw this quilted jersey on the Minerva craft website. However, I didn’t want the jumper to be completely made from the quilting, and the lines of the raglan sleeves gave me an idea. I recreated the diagonal lines of the sleeves at the bottom of the jumper, by cutting the pattern diagonally from the armscye to the hem, to create a diamond shape at the front and back of the jumper.
I’m mightily pleased with the result. It’s still a pretty simple jumper but I really like the texture of the extra quilting, and the diamond shape at the front.
I’ve had to turn up the exposure really high so you guys can see the quilting.
I also made a version in grey sweatshirt jersey, which I know will become a useful staple in my wardrobe, perfect for uni days! This fabric, also from Minerva, was nowhere near as stretchy as the black and made adding the neckband a little tricky, as it wouldn’t quite stretch around the whole neckline. I fudged it by using larger seam allowances on the sleeves. I think If I were to make another version in the same fabric, I’d re-draft the neckband to be a little longer. I think that’s just due to this fabric though, the pattern asks for fabric with 20% stretch, and I did not check this before cutting it out. My bad!
I haven’t made the t-shirt version, but I have some more quilting in a dark grey which I think will look great in a t-shirt.
I can’t wait to see Jen’s next pattern, I have I feeling I’ll probably love it too!