Journal Entry

Sew & Tell Blog Segment Ideas

Grainline Studio | Sew and Tell

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Sew & Tell post and I’m trying to decide if I should bring it back to the blog. I was previously pulling from the Grainline Studio Flickr Group but the problem is that a lot of people no longer use Flickr. I’ve been trying to figure out a better way to find new garments to feature since I don’t have much time lately to read blogs. A few of my ideas for this include the following…

  • Have people pin from their posts to Pinterest with a specific hashtag
  • Use a general social media hashtag
  • Continue using the Flickr Group
  • Trolling sites like Kollabora for projects

The problem I’m afraid of running into with some of these methods is that I don’t have a ton of extra time to look around. Right now my weeks are about 80% computer work, answering emails, shipping, and other tasks required to run a business and only about 20% (if I’m lucky) sewing and working on other creative things like new patterns and tutorials. Obviously I don’t want to add too much to the non-creative side or we’ll never have a new pattern or tutorial again but I love showcasing the absolutely amazing things you guys do with the patterns. Right now I’m leaning towards the Pinterest tag, it seems like absolutely everyone has a Pinterest account and most people have a board featuring the garment’s they’ve made, while the others are a bit more spotty with participation. What’s your favorite form of social media? Any thoughts about what you might prefer? Ideas I haven’t thought of? Fill me in!

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News

The Printed Linden Pattern is Here

Grainline Studio | Linden Printed Pattern

I’m super happy that the printed version of the Linden Sweatshirt is now in stock and shipping! I have quite a few pre-orders to fill so if you order in the next two days your pattern may not ship until Friday. Now onto the next pattern!!

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Progress Report

Stonecutter Progress

Grainline Studio | Stonecutter Progress

I don’t know if many of you guys knit, but I’ve been working on this sweater, Stonecutter, for something like a year, which in sewing terms is a SUPER long time. I took basically the entire summer off because the yarn was not pleasant to knit with in the hot, humid Chicago summer, but after months of on and off knitting I finally finished all of the pieces! I’ve been Instagramming (@grainlinestudio) the progress and I thought it might be fun to compile those photos here.

Grainline Studio | Stonecutter Progress

I’m about to start blocking the sweater and I’m putting it off a bit. It seems like from my IG query a lot of you block on spare beds, unfortunately I only have one (which I need to sleep in) and I have a hunch this thing will take more than the waking part of a day to dry, so I’ve ordered some blocking wires & a little fold up board to block it on. Hopefully that does the trick. I’ve been working on this for so long I definitely want to spend the time to do it right! I’ll also need to block it at work because as you can see from the photos, Roamy thinks I’ve been working hard all these months to make her the world’s most intricate and warm cat bed/toy.

I just cast on for the Purl Bee Boyfriend hat as a simple next project while I decide what comes after. So many good knits out there it’s so hard to pick my next year long project, though I’m due to clock in at 2 sweaters in one years time if I get this done before mid-November, so maybe it’s uphill from here? Fingers crossed

(Ravelry Project Link)

Also I’m over on the Fringe Association blog today talking about my knitting tools, etc. on Karen’s Our Tools, Ourselves segment. There’s a little about my sewing tools on there too if you’re not a knitter, so check it out here if you’re interested! If you’re stopping by from the Fringe Association blog, hello!

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Sewn Garments

Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt
Fabric: Body / Ribbing
Size: 2 at bust graded to 6 at hips
Modifications: Finished neckband is 1″ and hem ribbing is split at side seams with longer ribbing in back.

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

One thing I really wanted to try out while working on the Linden pattern but never had time to do was making it up in a sweater knit. I finally set aside a little time last week to make this happen and I’m super glad I did, I’ve been wearing it kind of nonstop since I finished it! The entire sweater was sewn on my serger and to keep the sweater look I didn’t coverstitch around the neck like I usually do on my sweatshirts.

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

I made a few changes to the pattern for this version, the first was the hem. Instead of doing the standard ribbing I did a split at the side seam and lengthened the back ribbing by 3/4″ which I thought would go nicely with the mariner stripe knit.

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

The other modification I made was widening the neck band by a bit. To give it more of a sweater and less of a sweatshirt look I made the neckband so that the finished measurement is 1″ when attached. The ribbing I used is a hacci knit so it’s more reminiscent of a sweater rib than regular ribbing which I liked with the main ribbing fabric.

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Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

The sizing on this one is cut according to my actual bust (33″ sz. 2) and hip (38″ sz. 6) measurements as opposed to the other two I posted which were a bit oversized due to the fact that my dress form is a little larger than me. I cut the sleeves in a straight 2 and blended through the waist to go from one size to the other. I’m really happy with the fit on this one!

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Now that we’ve got the sweater details out of the way, can we talk about something else? Photographing our projects. For a long time I would either photograph them at home with terrible lighting or make someone else take them for me. This resulted in my posting about maybe 1/4 of the garments I’ve made over the past year, some of my very favorites never make it to the blog. Jon’s been taking my photos lately but now that it’s getting darker earlier he doesn’t make it home in time for us to head out, that and I feel kind of bad jumping on him right when he gets home to go take photos of my shirt.

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

Soooooo I’ve started doing this new and kind of mortifying thing….taking my camera out on a tripod in my neighborhood and using the self timer. I feel 100% like a total nut job when I do this! I’ve done it a few times now and it seems to be getting easier but I’m not used to waiting the 12 seconds before the camera goes, and combined with the super windy days we’ve been having here lately leaves me with like 10,000 insane looking photos (like these last 3 outtakes).

Grainline Studio | Mariner Stripe Linden Sweater

So much hair in my face in SO MANY photos!!! It’s kind of hilarious the things we do as sewing bloggers, like wandering around with an actual camera and tripod taking photos of your shirt so you can post it on the internet. From my IG post about this topic, I think I’m not alone, tell me you guys do this too?

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Journal Entry

Where do you buy knits and ribbing?

I’m working on a post for Monday of places I’ve found that sell ribbing, knits, and other fabrics you might want to use for a sweatshirt. I’d like to compile a great list we can all use in the future so this is where you come in. Tell me, is there somewhere you’ve found that has great ribbing or knits? Fill us in!! I’ll be posting a complete list on Monday of where I’ve found them as well as any suggestions you guys have.

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Inspiration

Linden Sweatshirt Inspiration

Grainline Studio | Linden Inspiration | Basics

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Today I have a little bit of Linden Sweatshirt inspiration for you guys. The great thing about this pattern (and I like to think most of my patterns) is that you can make something totally straightforward or mix things up a bit and create variations! First up are these Basics, which are essentially just using the pattern as is. The look can be classic, feminine, tomboy-ish, trendy, whatever depending on the fabrics you use.

 

Grainline Studio | Linden Inspiration | Variations

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If you want to mix it up a little there are plenty of ways to alter the look of the pattern with some super easy variations. Add some beading, applique, or jewels, try out some fabric pens, make the pattern up in a drapey jersey, or there’s always the ubiquitous lace overlay.

Grainline Studio | Linden Inspiration | Next Level

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For those of you who are really looking to play around with a pattern there are so many ways to alter the Linden into something really unique. These are just a few examples I’ve found but really your imagination is the limit! Mixing textiles is always a really great way to increase interest in a garment, as is adding details like a zipper or buttons.

Have you guys seen any really great sweatshirt inspiration lately?

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Sewn Garments

Linden Sweatshirt View B

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View B

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt View B
Self Fabric: French Terry
Ribbing: None used
Size: Straight 6 because it needed to be photographed on my dress form. Typically I would use a 2 or 4 bust graded down to a 4 or 6 at the hip depending on the fit I wanted.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View B

View B of the Linden Sweatshirt is something I tried on a whim while working on the development of the pattern. I’d seen a cropped sweatshirt somewhere (probably Pinterest though I can’t remember now) and loved the way it looked on the girl wearing it. She was, of course, super crazy thin and I figured there was no way this would work on me. I had some extra fabric though and figured if I tried it and hated it it would only cost me about $5. Anyway I tried it and loved it! The trick to wearing a cropped top is to have the right proportions, this top hits around the high hip so even wearing it without a tank underneath wouldn’t reveal any skin but you still get the long leg illusion. The other thing that makes this more flattering than just cropping off the bottom is a very slight difference in the length of the front and the back, not enough to notice, but just enough that it makes the top infinitely more flattering than if the front and the back were the exact same length.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View B

For this version of View B of the Linden Sweatshirt I also assembled the entire thing on the serger with the exception of the neckline, where I applied a self binding using the chainstitch function of my coversitich machine. This isn’t included in the instructions but I will be covering this on the blog. It’s a great alternative for when you absolutely cannot find ribbing that matches your fabric.

I’m also undecided on doing a sew along with this pattern. I have a lot of tips on sewing with knits and finishing things like the neckline but the pattern is so simple I’m worried it will be pretty boring. Are you guys interested in a sew along or should I just move on to other things? Let me know!

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Sewn Garments

Linden Sweatshirt View A

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

Today I’m sharing more photos of my View A Linden Sweatshirt and a bit more info about the pattern. Lets start with the pattern and fabric basics.

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt View A
Self Fabric: French Terry
Ribbing: Hacci Rib Knit
Size: Straight 6 because it needed to be photographed on my dress form. Typically I would use a 2 or 4 bust graded down to a 4 or 6 at the hip depending on the fit I wanted.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

As for construction, this version was sewn entirely on my serger with a line of stitching run around the neckline on my coverstitich machine. The pattern instructions offer tips on sewing with both a sewing machine and serger so if you don’t have a serger you’re still totally able to make this sweatshirt.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

A little bit about how I came to make this pattern… I’ve always loved the layering ability and comfort of a hoodie but it’s not exactly the most refined look. A hoodless sweatshirt is much easier to work into a variety of outfits but something about the traditional tight crewneck always left me feeling like I was wearing my high school issued gym sweatshirt. I looked all over this spring to try to find something with a more sophisticated and flattering neckline and when I couldn’t find that, I decided to draft my own.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

Apparently I wasn’t the only one looking for something like this because you guys flooded me with blog comments, emails, Instagram questions, etc. asking for this pattern. Usually I don’t publish patterns I wasn’t planning on because of comments, it’s so expensive and such hard work to get a pattern out into the world that I’ve got them planned pretty far in advance with a lot of research done, but with this one I decided to give it a try so I guess this is a bit of an experiment as well.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

I really think the Linden Sweatshirt has a lot of possibilities to be dressed up and down for any occasion depending on the fabric you use and how you style it. I’ve now worn these with my Moss skirts, jeans, over a dress, you name it! I also may have a pair of Papercut Anima pants made in this same navy terry and it’s possible that I might sometimes wear them together at home before bed. Someone has now termed this my “senior suit” which is pretty funny and damn comfortable!

Anyway I think this is a great next pattern in my quest to provide you all with classic yet modern patterns that will fit into your every day wardrobe with ease, while at the same time providing a canvas for creativity through different fabrications and variations!

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News

New Pattern: The Linden Sweatshirt

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

I’m so excited to release the newest Grainline Studio pattern, the Linden Sweatshirt today! I now own quite a few of these and love them all, so far they’ve been getting a lot of wear. This is a super versatile pattern and one I think will get a lot of wardrobe rotation and has a lot of variation potential as well.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View A

A little info on the pattern from the pattern description:

The Linden Sweatshirt gives a modern update to the classic sweatshirt. Featuring a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a graceful slightly scooped neckline, this sweatshirt is perfect for fall layering. View A features long sleeves with cuffs and falls to the mid hip with a lower ribbing band while View B hits at the high hip and has short sleeves. You can also mix and match sleeve and body lengths to create multiple versions of this sweatshirt.

Techniques involved include sewing with knits, straight seams, and attaching ribbing.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View B

The pattern includes instructions to help you whether you’re using a serger or a sewing machine and provides tips for getting the look of a ready made garment. As usual the Linden Sweatshirt is drafted to our high standards with clear instructions that will result in a beautiful finished garment.

Grainline Studio | Linden Sweatshirt View B

At the moment the Linden Sweatshirt is only available in PDF download format due to a printing delay that pushed back the arrival of the patterns till the end of October. Rather than waiting till then to release I’ve decided to release now with the PDF and pre-orders for the printed version. Any printed Linden patterns ordered will ship after Wed October 29th. I apologize for this delay but unfortunately there wasn’t anything I could do in this situation, sometimes you’ve got to just make the best of what comes your way!

Grainline Studio | Spring '14 Wardrobe | Cream Terry Sweatshirt

I originally drafted up this sweatshirt back in March, when it seemed like the weather was never going to warm up, which gave me plenty of time this summer to do a bit of tweaking and perfecting. I’ve also made the pattern up in a large variety of materials in addition to the recommended sweatshirt type materials (t-shirt jersey, stretch woven wool, activewear knit, and sweater knit) so I’ll be sharing some of those in the future along with some fun variations.

I’ll be sharing some finished sweatshirts as well as some serious sweatshirt inspiration all week so check back tomorrow for more, and in the mean time, you can pick up your Linden Sweatshirt pattern here!

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Sewn Garments

Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

Grainline Studio | Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

Pattern: Alder Shirtdress View A with sleeves from the Archer Button Up
Pattern Tutorial: Archer + Alder Variation
Fabric: Carolina Gingham 1″ from Robert Kaufman
Shoes: Rachel Comey Penpals (cause someone always asks about the shoes)

I posted the tutorial on this dress last Friday but since the weather has been a bit rainy here in Chicago I only got pictures of me wearing it this weekend. Can you tell it’s really cold out in these photos? No matter how hard I try to look warm I can always tell I’m freezing cold. I think the arms smashed to my sides with my hands tucked up in the cuffs is what gives it away.

Grainline Studio | Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

Anyway, I’m really happy with how this dress turned out, I think the pattern and fabric are so perfect together. At first I was really bummed to cut into this amazing gingham fabric because I really wanted to make an Archer out of it but I was a half yard short on the other two plaids I intended to use for this. Now that it’s done and I’ve worn it I’m really glad I chopped it up into this Alder Archer combo, the fabric is pretty much the perfect weight and stiffness for a dress like this. I always find myself getting obsessed with certain fabrics and wishing I had a zillion yards of each. This is kind of one of those.

Grainline Studio | Sewn: Black + White Sleeved Alder

I’ve seen a few people posting funny outtakes though recently and thought I’d get into the fun, this is just one of the many blurry photos where I just couldn’t stand still. I think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this dress over the fall and winter, I can see it being pretty good for layering with other fall garments so I’m excited about that prospect.

One last thing, lately I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what to write when I do these finished garment posts. Besides pattern name and fabric, is there anything in particular you like to know about a garment in a post like this? I’ve got a lot of them coming up so I’m going to need to get this figured out, definitely a bit rusty! I used to do these all the time and it was so much easier. Maybe I just need to get back into it and it’ll come to me.

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