You know it’s love when you find a pattern that you want to make a bazillion times. The Linden Sweatershirt from Grainline Studio is one of those patterns. I knew it was going to be good: when I bought the pattern, I also bought fabric for four versions – a shirt tail hem (see the black and white stripes above), a dress version (also above; tutorial here), a basic blue peplum (in the works) and a gray french terry with a high-low hem (waiting to be cut). Come to think of it, I haven’t yet made the pattern as it comes, with a hem band. Might have to try it!
See those two up top? They weren’t part of the original plan but as soon as I realized I could use knit scraps and store-bought shirts that I’m no longer wearing for parts, they jumped the queue. The top right version used purple knit fabric from a dress I hadn’t worn in two years. The top left version borrowed khaki green from an old V-neck that had seen better days and a thrift store find in charcoal thermal knit. I have yet to find yardage of thermal knit that I love but using this repurposed fabric was tricky: it was quite a bit heavier than the original fabric I intended to pair it with so I was literally shopping in my dresser for an alternative. I love repurposing – for me, it comes down to wearability. I either wear it, repurpose it or donate it to someone who will.
Whether you’re using intended fabric, repurposed fabric or scraps, this shirt comes together quickly. From cutting to hemming, you can make it happen in an hour or two. So yeah, it’s a favorite. Two more for me, which I’ll certainly blog…then I moving on….maybe.
What pattern are you loving right now? How many versions of it have you made? Do you repurpose knit fabrics from readymade garments? Share the love in the comments! And happy weekend sewing!