I made a sweatshirt! It’s the Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studio and I LOVE IT!!! I’m relatively new to sewing knits and this is my first sweatshirt. I really can’t wait for the cold weather, I’ll definitely be making more of these.
I made a size 16, because I wanted the fit to be a bit oversized, and the only alterations I made to the pattern were to shorten the sleeves about 2″. I think next time I will widen the neckband just a tad, but that’s just my personal preference. I really loved working with this pattern.
I used organic cotton sweatshirt fleece, that I shibori dyed, and it is the softest, coziest fabric I have ever sewn with. I’ve been trying out some organic fabrics lately, and so far I’ve been very impressed. Maybe it’s psychological, but the organic cotton fabrics I’ve bought so far have felt softer than the standard cottons I’ve used in the past.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always shied away from sewing knits. Making basics like tee shirts or sweatshirts was weirdly intimidating to me. They seemed like they would require special factory equipment and I was more comfortable with a needle and thread. My specialization at FIT was tailoring and there was something very calming about all that precise basting, stitching and pressing.
I’m so glad that I took the plunge and bought a serger, though! Being able to make basics, in addition to my more fancy pieces, is very exciting!
Jesse knows what I’m talking about.
My measurements for reference:
Height: 5′ 5″
Pattern: Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt – size 16
Fabric: Organic cotton sweatshirt fleece