Searching for a great sweatshirt…

I am on a sewing roll at the moment. None of these things that I am making are on the list of makes for my wedding – must get onto that…

In the meantime if I’m sewing, I need to photo and blog. Did I mention its winter? Aah well, see the things I put myself through. Today wasn’t too bad, but I had a lazy start so by the time I got out of the house to get some photos, rain was on the way and it was COLD! How cold? This cold…

swear words might have been said!So while todays post may not include the most exciting photos, they were gathered in an atmosphere of dire threat of hypothermia, so that adds excitement value surely?

And todays post is on my first attempt at a Linden sweatshirt from Grainline studios. This is my second Grainline pattern with my Moss Mini sadly in the mending basket as its waay too big – not that I know what I’ll do with it, but nonetheless! When this pattern came out it didn’t grab my attention. It was just a sweatshirt and that’s not really interesting is it? But I’ve got a few pieces of knit fabric that would work for sweatshirts so I started looking for patterns. Initially the Linden still didn’t call me, as it had a high-ish neck on it, and I like mine slightly lower (the neck band for this seems tiny when cut it out). But as more bloggers made this up I figured I could maybe lower the neckline myself. Not listening to myself, and arguing that with all the patterns I already own I surely could cobble up something, in the end I used a BurdaStyle pattern for the lovely red knit I had. The less said about that make the better I say. After taking in approx 10 inches from each side and playing surgeon on the neckline I ended up with something wearable – but the only pic I have of it on is this one from Me-Made-May. Weirdly enough wearing the same jeans as today!

MeMadeMayAnyway I was still on the hunt for a good sweatshirt pattern, Linden was popular so I grabbed the PDF and gave it a go. And am really glad I did. The hardest part was choosing a size to cut out – I knew I didn’t want too much ease, and there’s about 6″ ease in this one in the bust, but that goes down to 2″ at the hips. I’m smaller in the bust and hips, but with only 4″ between waist and hips on a good day my measurements are usually 2-4 sizes apart. In the end I went with a straight size 10, and it wpretty greenas a pretty good fit.

My fabric is one I got from a fabric sale the other week, meant to trial Seamworks Astoria but I’ve already made two of those and this fabric now called for something else! Its a mottle green and black and I think it has a bit of cotton in it. It was easy to sew, with the only issue being that the edges curled, but otherwise was a pleasure.

Even better that sewing the fabric was sewing the pattern – this is really well drafted, all the notches matched, and it came together really easily as quickly (only 45 mins to sew it all together). However I can’t comment on the instructions as I didn’t read ’em at all! What a rebel 🙂 I suspect if I’d read the instructions it would have said some about not stretching the neck band too much, but I still haven’t read them so I’m not sure. Some of the other Linden’s I’ve seen blogged def show a much smaller neckline than mine. But actually I’m delighted with how the neckline on this worked out, it’s just right for me.

So to end, some pics of this make, on a windy, cold day. Hope those of you in winter climates are coping ok, and those of you in summer climates aren’t too hot!





See you soon


Easy Peasy

Phew. Its been a while huh. I am in rehearsals for my third show of the year at the moment which isn’t on til the end of October… busy busy! Its been a busy year with all the shows.

But in the midst of this I have managed to get a few things made. And photographed! (Yay its officially spring here in little New Zealand!!)

First up is my striped maxi skirt… I was at one of the (waay too many) fabric sales we’ve had in town and saw this plain grey and black striped knit. It screamed to me that it wanted to be a maxi skirt. I’ve been  eyeing up the Gabriola skirt from Sewaholic but it was a bit more complex than I needed for this one.

So instead I searched the interweb (while still in the shop) and came across this tutorial from the Do It Yourself Divas to draft your own. So after spending a massive $7 on fabric I raced straight home, washed it and put it straight in the dryer (shush, I figured that’s how this will probably be dried anyway!). After impatiently waiting to be able to cut it (where I think I looked something like this) I sat down and started this thing.

I cannot remember the last time I was so keen for something I got started on it straight away. Let alone finished it the same day I thought of it. I’m pretty passionate about the things I want to do but there are JUST SO MANY THINGS!! This is a list I jotted down the other day of things I have planned – and there’s a heap missing…

But back to the skirt. The instructions are great. The only thing I wasn’t sure about was that you cut the fabric off your waist measurement. The waistband is meant to be cut the same as your measurements and for a pattern intended for knits this seemed a bit weird. In the end I cut the waistband 1” shorter and stuck to the instructions the rest of the way.

After I cut this (which took about 10 minutes) I must have sewed it up in 30 minutes max. So easy but it looks great… After I wore this skirt for the first time I went straight back to the sewing machine and took about 6” off the waist band as it was indeed too too big. But its an easy fix so not a biggie!


casual Sunday garb…

Despite the simplicity, this skirt isn’t perfect. I sewed the waistband on the wrong way, I didn’t stripe match and the hemming is so so so so bad I refuse to show you… but it’s a casual, laid back skirt that looks great. I get heaps of comments when I wear it. I was out with some of my friends the other day when it was commented on and immediately I started with “oh thanks, but the hem is really terrible and….” Then a friend pointed out nobody was looking at the hem (there wasn’t another sewer in the group, could you tell!). One day I might fix it, but this was a super quick project so I’ll probably leave it. And do it better next time because that is already planned and the fabric is washed and sitting there….

So to round up… some pics from a sunny Sunday…


no stripe matching here… despite how it may look!



yay stretch fabric


squinting and trying to fit hand in teeny pocket all at the same time – always a good look!