I am easing into 2017 with my first ever Grainline Linden tee – sewn up in one day over the Christmas holidays (and then worn for two days straight…)
I thought that I must be one of the last sewing bloggers ever to sew the Linden – but it seems as if I’m not the only one as Rachel was making her first at the same time!I’m not sure why I waited so long – when the pattern was first released I didn’t rush to buy it as I had made so many Hemlocks, I eventually bought the pattern in November 15 in the Grainline Thanksgiving sale then waited another year to finally print out the PDF and sew it up.
For my first try I used some jersey remnants that I picked up in Abakhan last year (the main thing I miss since moving house is the huge remnants section at Liverpool Abakhan…) I had two pieces which were only about 60cm long. The grey is a lovely soft cotton jersey with a very fine looped back and the blue may be a poly with a marled colour that closely matches the grey.I’m not absolutely certain which side of the blue is the right side – I actually started to sew it with one side out then changed my mind and went for the other side which has a bit more grey showing.
I went for oversized with View A straight hem. My measurements suggested 8 at the bust grading out to 14 at the hip. I cut a 10 at the neck but graded out to 14 along the raglan sleeve seam (and for the rest of the sleeve) and 16 at the hip. I didn’t alter the length of the body but I did cut about an inch and a half off the sleeve length before adding the cuff.
If I was going to make any change I would either lengthen or shorten the body as it ends at the widest point of my hips which is possibly not the most flattering spot.
I used the sleeve band but not the hem band – I sewed the hem with a twin needle instead – I don’t know how clearly you can see it in the picture but I used a blue and grey thread for the twin needle seam – being able to add tiny details like this is one of the many reasons for sewing!
So there we are – no surprise – I finally made a Linden and I love it and I will make more!
I have a final end of 2016 project to share very soon and there will be more Grainline coming up shortly as I have the Driftless cardigan, the Farrow dress and more Hemlocks in my 2017makenine.
How did you start your New Year sewing?