Last year, I challenged myself to make one mini quilt a month. (You can see all of them here.) In between my mini quilts (and often unblogged), I worked on my garment sewing skills. As I thought about what skill set I wanted to develop, I decided to devote this year to garments.
I thought my first garment was going to be Cashmerette’s Concord t-shirt but a dear friend (love you, Leah!) came to stay with me and convinced me that a Grainline Studio’s Linden Sweatshirt would be a useful garment to take with me on a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. As we had bought some luscious sweater knit together and she would sew along with me, I decided to take her advice.
The pattern itself is easy to cut out with three pieces for the body and another three pieces for the cuffs/hem/neckline. I cut my size per the chart but it ended up being a bit large in the front. For this “wearable muslin”, I took in a half inch in the front pieces and didn’t add a bottom hem. I was concerned the bottom hem would add an unwanted cinching effect to the garment. Turns out I was wrong but I do love the unfinished hem. For my next version, I’m going to either cut the next size smaller or use a 3/8″ seam allowance. The pattern calls for 1/4″ seam allowance and I ended up eating several edges of my pieces. It also stretched out my neckline and it was hard for me to get it back into place. All good lessons for the next version… and there will be MANY more. Depending on the knit you use for the Linden Sweatshirt, the possibilities are endless. I’m so glad Leah convinced me to start here! (And how gorgeous is my friend’s property in Hawaii!!!)