I LOVE the lead-up to the holidays. Getting together with friends, cheerful parties, cookie exchanges – it’s my favourite time of year. The snow is new (and we’re not sick of it yet) and winter is still fairly mild!
As a personal rule, I set November 12 as my countdown date. I observe Remembrance Day in my community and then welcome the Christmas tunes!
I decided to kick off the holiday season sewing-style with a festive themed Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt which should carry me through the holiday season. It’s perfectly slouchy enough to cozy up with socks and a cup of tea.
I decided to spring for the paper pattern since this is likely something I will make a lot of, and I happened to be in the neighbourhood of Fabrications Ottawa. For my first Linden, I got this metallic jacquard knit from Fabricland as part of their ends - $16 for 1.5m. The red flower motif reminded me of Pointsetta, and the gold sparkle gave it a festive touch – even for a sweatshirt! The back of the fabric has gold stripes I thought would make a good contrast for the neckband and cuffs.
I sewed this one first as a “trial run” before making my…
…second Linden (which is top secret). This Linden sweater I crafted specifically for the “Linden Swap” exchange. My swap partner lives all the way in England, so I figured an early start was necessary. I will post pictures after the holiday, but I used a really cool fabric combo – a knit crepe for the body part, and a lacy, floral French terry fabric for the sleeves and bands. After an hour of Instagram creeping my partner, I’m pretty sure it will be right up her alley (fingers crossed!). I’ve packaged it up with some Canadiana goodies (mmmm maple syrup candies), and I’ve mailed it across the pond.
My THIRD Linden was a bit of an experiment. I was inspired by this YouTube video from Lauren Guthrie, in which she sews a sequin Grainline Scout Tee. She said she chose this pattern because of its simplicity (and no darts!). I’d never sewn with sequins before! Again, I purchased this fabric from the ends department ($15). To add to the complexity, the sequin mesh was see through. I debated just sewing it up and wearing it with a tank top, but it wasn’t a look I really wanted to go for. I decided instead to use a crepe fabric to line it – and experimented with the pattern a bit. Overall, I’m happy with how my festive cropped version (View B) of this Linden turned out. I paired it with a headband I made a while back with extra lace from my wedding dress.
Overall Pattern Notes:
It was my first time sewing with a Grainline Studio Pattern, and I think it’s definitely a classic. The instructions are easy to follow, clear, and the garment sews up super quickly. There are lots of fun ways to color coordinate, or to experiment with different fabric choices. I would compare it to a blank canvas – it really allows you to be creative because the pattern is so simple and versatile. You can make the cuffs, waistband, sleeves, body and neckband all different colors. With both a long sleeved and cropped version, it’s also great for both warm and colder months. Another great thing is that purchasing fabric is relatively inexpensive. Although I am a smaller size (I cut between a size 0 and 2), I used 0.6m for my cropped short sleeve Linden, and just over 1m for my long sleeved version! You can definitely afford to splurge a little on a nice cosy fabric without breaking the bank. The only thing I would make note of for beginners – attaching a neckband can be a little tricky. I’ve done this several times now, so I had no issues with the instructions – but if it was my first time, a little YouTube tutorial might make you feel more comfortable.
Sequin-y and sparkly Lindens are the perfect way to spread holiday cheer – wouldn’t you agree?
Next week I’ll post a step-by-step tutorial of how I created my lined, sequin version!
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.