Morris Sew Along

Morris Blazer Sew Along Announcement

Morris Blazer Sew Along | Grainline Studio

Just wanted to drop a quick note that the Morris Blazer Sew Along will be starting next week. The pattern isn’t very difficult so it’s likely it will only be 6 days long, but a lot of people have been asking for it so I want to get it up on the site. As of now the schedule looks like this:

Day 01: Choosing Fabrics
Day 02: Prep & Cutting
Day 03: Assembling the Body
Day 04: Sewing the Shawl Collar
Day 05: Inserting Sleeves
Day 06: Applying Facings & Finishing

If you haven’t gotten your Morris Blazer pattern yet you can pick it up in the shop or at a retailer near you. See you back here Monday for Day 01!

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Knitted Garments

Stone Lake Sweater

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

The Details
Pattern | Stone Lake Sweater (rav link)
Yarn | Purl Soho Line Weight in Sea Salt & Dark Loam
Needles | US 7, 8, 9
Shoes | Dieppa Restrepo Penny
In Progress Photos | #stonelakesweater on Instagram

Sometime last year between knitting my Benton, Stonecutter, and Bellows I got it into my head that I wanted to try to design and knit my own sweater. It was partially in an attempt to understand how to alter existing knitting patterns to fit exactly what I want, partially because I had a specific sweater in mind I couldn’t find a pattern for, and partially because I like a challenge. It’s a little known fact that I originally wanted to become a knitwear designer long before I got into patternmaking so I think a part of me wanted to see if I could do it. This is how the Stone Lake Sweater was born!

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

When Jess, Amy and I hatched the Sunday Sweater KAL [instagram link] at the beginning of the year I figured that was as good a time as any to give this sweater a go! My goal for this sweater was to create something cozy that I could wear with leggings in the fall and winter (aka tunic-ish length) with sleeves slim enough that they still fit into my jean jacket. I wanted the perfect black and white marl, and a bit of cabling up the front, just enough so that you could see it from an open jacket, but I didn’t want an overall cable project.

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

Since this was my first sweater I wanted to start with something I knew fit as the base so I loosely used the measurements for the Hemlock Tee and went from there. This ended up being a fun math experiment that I think went pretty well. The yarn I used was Purl Soho Line Weight in Sea Salt and Dark Loam, not quite white and not quite black. I held two strands of the Dark Loam and one strand of Sea Salt together which created my perfect marl.

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

I essentially knit two complete sweaters while making this. After quite a bit of swatching I began knitting the sweater, completed the front, back, and one sleeve, and decided that I needed to go up in needle size because the fabric was more dense than I would have liked. At that point I knew I needed to rip out the entire thing but it took a few days for me to get actually do it. Once I started ripping though it was such a good feeling knowing that I was getting closer to my finished sweater, done the way I wanted it.

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

I also took this opportunity to change the center front cable from a braided cable to a large horseshoe cable and I really glad I did that also. I think the first cable was too busy with the marl and this larger, softer cable looks a lot nicer. The body is reverse stockinette with cables on the front and the sleeves are regular stockinette. I’m really into the contrast between the two, I think it adds a little bit of added interest and texture to the sweater.

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

Transitioning from the ribbing to the cables at the hem in a way that looked smooth took a bit more thought than I had imagined it would. After the last ribbing row there’s a setup row which included increases so that the cables rose out of the knit stitches evenly. This part probably took me the longest of the design / math portion of this sweater and I’m really glad I took the extra time to make it look neat and tidy.

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

Stone Lake Sweater | Grainline Studio

I love the way the sweater turned out so much. The fabric drapes beautifully and the yarn is so soft you can wear it next to your skin with no trouble. The sweater, while warm, is incredibly light for being as large as it is, and especially with three strands held together. I’m almost sad it’s time for summer now that it’s finished…at least I can wear it up at the cottage pretty much year round! I’m super excited to try another self designed sweater and have a few ideas I’m already swatching.

P.S. More photos & slightly more technical info can be found on my Ravelry page.

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Knitted Garments

Three Hats- Love, Like, Hate

Grainline Studio | Wool and the Gang Zion Lion Hat

Well hey there, it’s been a while! I’m trying to ease back into this blogging thing – it really does become hard to start back up once you’ve gone a while without writing anything. So to get rolling, today I have three previously unblogged hats for you and for one reason or another, I’m not totally happy with any of them, though this first one is pretty close to perfect. It’s easy to blog things you love but I thought this might be a good record of what I like and don’t like in a hat so I can keep tabs going forward, plus I’m sure a lot of us have been in a similar situation. Lets start with my favorite of the three, Zion Lion by Wool and the Gang [Ravelry Link].

Grainline Studio | Wool and the Gang Zion Lion Hat

Honestly I’m 99% in love with this hat, and I should add that I was sent this hat kit, with needles, free from Wool and the Gang to test out. The knitting process went smoothly and quickly as one would expect with a gigantic yarn and needle, it’s knit flat and seamed up the back. I thought the seam in the back would bother me but it doesn’t thankfully. I love the shape and the warmth; this hat kept me going all winter long here in Chicago.

Grainline Studio | Wool and the Gang Zion Lion Hat

Now for the part I don’t totally love. It’s kind of hard to tell in this photo but the bulky single ply yarn got super gnarly over the course of the past 6 months, as one would expect with a yarn like this. It was still a bummer though and while I keep wearing it anyway, I can’t help but feel a bit sad for my fuzz town hat. At least it was well loved!

Grainline Studio | Simple Pleasures Hat

Now onto the next hat! This pattern is the ever popular Purl Soho Simple Pleasures hat [Ravelry Link] knit up in their own yarn, Worsted Twist, of which I unfortunately do not remember the colorway. I absolutely loved working with this yarn, it has a beautiful sheen and feels great on the needles. I also love the color, it’s kind of a greenish stone grey in real life that is very hard to photograph.

Grainline Studio | Simple Pleasures Hat

I had knit one of these hats a while back using some forest green KnitPicks yarn and wore it till it died so I figured this would be the same, but this version turned out gigantic, and I don’t just mean it’s too tall, which it is. I should have stopped knitting for the crown decreases much earlier than instructed, but besides that the hat is just way too big. I think the yarn I previously used may have been a bit thinner than this and I just thought “Oh hey, they’re both worsted, it’s cool!” and went on my merry way.

Grainline Studio | Simple Pleasures Hat

We’re going up north this weekend so I’ll probably leave this hat up there for the next time we’re at the cabin during the winter months. Or maybe I’ll unravel the hat and use the yarn for something else. One or the other, but either way I don’t think it’s a loss and I had a great time knitting with this yarn.

Grainline Studio | Purl Soho Boyfriend Hat

This last hat I 100% hate and is probably the most annoying thing I’ve ever knit. May I present to you the Purl Soho Boyfriend Hat [Ravelry Link]. I know like 500,000 of us have knit this thing and if you have, please let me know how you feel about yours in the comments below! I don’t know where I went wrong on this thing but it was a straight up disaster.

Grainline Studio | Purl Soho Boyfriend Hat

You might be able to tell from how far back it is on my head in these photos but this hat turned out gigantic! I used a similar weight yarn as the Line Weight called for in the pattern, got gauge, then went down a needle size because of the fact that my yarn contains 70% Alpaca and that can tend to stretch. Even with this precaution the hat turned out about 2″ larger than it should have based on the Purl measurements despite the fact that my gauge was smaller than called for. At first I chalked it up to me being crazy but Kendra knit two for Christmas presents and had the exact same problem.

Grainline Studio | Purl Soho Boyfriend Hat

The other bummer about this hat is the cabled cast on they recommended in the photo resulted in this majorly wavy cast on edge. I should have known, you can see it waving in the Purl photos, but I just figured they knew better and it would work itself out. Guys, listen to your gut! Steph mentioned she used the long tail method and her cast on edge looked great so I think that’s probably the best bet if I ever knit this thing again. Also it took forever to knit all this 1×1 rib! I tried to give the hat to my boyfriend but Jon also hated it and it’s gathering dust somewhere in the house until one of us finally throws it out. Ah well, knit and learn!

I’ve got a few hats in my Ravelry queue that I want to knit up that I think have a lot of potential, and I’m almost finished with the sweater I started back in January after ripping the entire thing out once and starting over. Have you guys knit anything you hated? Did you rip back or just try to go with it?

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Events

Grainline Weekend at Fancy Tiger Crafts

Grainline Studio at Fancy Tiger

I’m so excited to let you guys know that I’ll be hanging out and teaching at Fancy Tiger Crafts the weekend of June 5th! I’ve been longing to visit this craft mecca for quite a while and I can’t believe it’s finally happening, and under such fun circumstances.

On Friday night we’ll be hanging out at the shop from 5-7 for a Meet & Greet with plenty of garment samples and patterns for you to check out, then the workshops get started. On Saturday I’ll be teaching a workshop on the Morris Blazer, so if the idea of sewing a blazer has frightened you at all, this is a great time to master that shawl collar or set in sleeves. Then on Sunday we’ll be sewing the Dopp Kit from the Portside Travel Set which I’m super excited about. This has been on my “must sew more” list for so long for the fact that I use the Dopp Kit for everything. At the moment it’s filled with a bit of knitting which gets dumped out when I need to travel. They also make great gifts I’ve learned!

So if you’re in or around Denver I hope you’ll stop by and say hi, I’d love to hang out and sew with you!

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Journal Entry

Me Made May ’15 Pledges

Me Made May Pledge | Grainline Studio

So it’s that time of year again, Me Made May, and just like last year, barely signing up under the wire. Kendra and I are here with our pledges, yep, I roped her in on this one! I’ll go first…

I, Jen, am signing up for Me Made May 2015 with the goal of wearing something Me-Made 5 days a week. I do not care about repeats because I am a habitual over-wearer and I do not need to wear head to toe Me-Made on these 5 days.

Last year was my first year participating and I’m ready to give it another go this year – with a few changes. Last year I told myself I was going to wear something me-made 5 days a week. I’m keeping that part the same. I don’t know if you guys have figured this out about me yet but once I lock onto a thing I like wearing, I literally want to wear that thing constantly, until it wears out or I decide something else is what I should be wearing every single day. I felt bad about this last year because I was trying to do a photo a day and I was feeling self conscious about having so many repeats you guys had to stare at. To combat me feeling bad about the boring photos my clothes wearing habits result in I will be grouping my photos together into sets when I feel like it. I’ll mostly be ‘gramming with the possibility of a weekly blog roundup including thoughts on said outfits. I’ll definitely do a recap at the end of the month though! One thing about me is certain, and it’s take me a long time to recognize and accept this, I love to set extremely rigid rules for arbitrary things and then when I fail to adhere to them I get bummed out, so the theme of my Me Made May is chillin’ out and having fun!

Now for Kendra…


I’m a total newbie to Me Made May but I’m very excited to wear as much of my handmade wardrobe as possible next month. So, here it goes!

I, Kendra (right hand lady to Jen at – grainlinestudio.com), sign up as a participant of Me Made May 2015. I endeavor to wear a me-made garment at least 4 days a week.

Why four? It’s kind of a weird number, I know. Here’s the thing: as you all know, I currently work at Grainline. When I’m not there, I work at a boutique in downtown Chicago, where I have to wear a uniform. So, subtracting those days of the week, it leaves me with three days working with Jen at Grainline and one day for me! Four days it is! It will be exciting to get myself out of my usual routine of wearing a red beanie, t-shirt, and jeans (a look that I tend to rock a little too often).

Alright, come on, May! We’re ready for you!


So…are you participating in Me Made May this year? If so, have you set any odd rules for yourself based on previous years?

Three Me Made May ’15 pledge posts I’ve seen and loved:

Gillian’s over at Crafting a Rainbow – She’s killer at Me Made May and I look forward to seeing hers every year!

Jenny’s over at Rennous Oh Glennus – I think her idea of not limiting her wardrobe to only Me Mades but instead using the month as a way to really get in deep with her wardrobe and focus on what she loves to wear; then using that data to sew more of those things is totally genius! I might secretly be copying this…

Jess’ over at La Mercerie – Her post is so thoughtful and I identified with so many parts of it, as I’m sure a lot of you will too. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, especially with so much social media, etc. these days. I love that she gave herself permission to just be her super amazing self! This is something that I think a lot of us should do more often!

Alright, start the Me Made Selfies! ;)

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News  |  Patterns

Introducing The Morris Blazer

The Morris Blazer | Grainline Studio

I’m so excited to finally announce that the Morris Blazer is now available for purchase! Now lets get to know the Morris a little better.

The Morris Blazer | Grainline Studio

I originally designed the Morris back when I was still doing Hound and produced it for 2 seasons (Fall ’11 and Spring ’12) before I quit to have more time to pursue Grainline Studio. That blazer was a crazy seller, I don’t even want to think about how many Morris Blazers I’ve made. I loved that blazer as soon as I finished the first one and honestly haven’t stopped loving it since. I find that I wear the Morris most during the spring – summer – fall seasons since it’s perfect for tossing on in changing weather as well as all those overly air conditioned places I find myself in all summer long. It’s casual enough that you can wear it daily but doesn’t look out of place dressed up a bit as well.

The Morris Blazer | Grainline Studio

Garment Details The Morris Blazer is the perfect mix of casual and cool. It will quickly become the go-to garment to complete any outfit. With a mixture of drape and structure, bracelet length sleeves, and gentle shawl collar, it looks great dressed up or down. It works up well in fabrics with stretch, making it comfortable on top of everything else!

Techniques involved include sewing a straight seam, setting sleeves, sewing a shawl collar, facings, and topstitching. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.

Both the woven and knit version follow the same instructions and you do not need any knit-specific sewing equipment for this pattern. The only thing I used a serger for was to finish my seam allowances.

The Morris Blazer | Grainline Studio

Suggested Fabrics One of the things I’m most excited about with the Morris Blazer is the fact that it’s drafted so that you can make it in both stretch wovens or stable knits meaning lots of flexibility! The navy blue blazer was sewn up in stretch wool suiting which has such an amazing drape. The striped blazer is Ponte knit which looks pulled together but feels like you’re wearing an undercover sweatshirt. Since both fabrications involve stretch you don’t need to worry about feeling restricted as some blazers can do. I’ve also made one up in French terry which has a bit more drape than the ponte and it worked out quite well. The blazer is unlined.

The Morris Blazer | Grainline Studio

Difficulty The Morris Blazer is rated Advanced Beginner because of the shawl collar. We always strive to make sure that every step involved is clearly explained so if you’ve got a garment or two under your belt you should be just fine with this one.

I can’t wait to see Morris Blazers popping up here and there, I know a few of you have been waiting on this one for a while. As always we’ll be doing a sew along – I know a lot of people find them boring – but I think it’s a nice courtesy to offer to customers. No date on that yet since we’ve abruptly found out last week that the Grainline Studio studio is moving, but I’ll update you with that as soon as I know.

One last thing. If you’re purchasing the print version of the Morris Blazer they won’t be shipping out until after May 1st. I apologize for the inconvenience but we’re currently in the middle of packing up the entire studio for the move this weekend and I don’t predict us being able to ship much of anything – especially since the new patterns still need assembly – before then. I would never have planned a move to coincide with the launch of new patterns but things happen and you get through them the best you can. Kendra and I, with the help of a small team of friends, will be working super hard to make sure you get them asap though!

GET YOUR MORRIS BLAZER PATTERN HERE!!

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News  |  Patterns

The Moss Skirt Now in Print

The Moss Skirt Now in Print | Grainline Studio

In addition to the Morris Blazer dropping today we’re also adding a both a printed version of The Moss Skirt as well as an updated PDF to the pattern library!

I’m super excited about this new PDF and printing of the Moss because there are a few things we finally got to update due to customer feedback:

First of all, the Moss has been lengthened a smidgen which is something I noticed a lot of people were doing in their versions of the skirt. It is a mini so View A isn’t knee grazing by any means, but it does have more length to it than the original version.

Secondly a lot of people had a hard time attaching the waistband properly. I noticed that people were coming up exactly 2″ short no matter what size they were making. After a lot of re-testing and going back and forth via email and Twitter with customers we discovered it was because they were sewing the waistband on upside down. This shouldn’t happen with one of our patterns so we’ve gone in and added more notches which should cut down on this happening in the future.

One last thing. If you’re purchasing the print version of the Moss Skirt they won’t be shipping out until after May 1st. I apologize for the inconvenience but we’re currently in the middle of packing up the entire studio for the move this weekend and I don’t predict us being able to ship much of anything – especially since the new patterns still need assembly – before then. I would never have planned a move to coincide with the launch of new patterns but things happen and you get through them the best you can. Kendra and I, with the help of a small team of friends, will be working super hard to make sure you get them asap though!

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Sewn Garments

Kendra’s Plaid Flannel Archer

Kendra's Plaid Flannel Archer | Grainline Studio

So, spring is taking a little longer than I’d like to get here or should I say get here and STAY here. Although we have had some wonderful sunny, 60-70 degree days here in Chicago, we have also had some cold, grey, and rainy ones. To combat this bizarre in-between weather, I decided to make a new flannel to cheer me up! I feel like all I want to make right now are Archers and Alders and I have bought and looked at a bunch for great fabrics from different places, however when it came to this flannel, I fell victim to…the impulse buy.

Kendra's Plaid Flannel Archer | Grainline Studio

I was stopping into Joann’s to pick something up (just a couple of things, I swear…) and of course started wandering around and I stumbled upon this great fabric!I love the colors and it’s great shirting if you are looking to save a couple bucks. After I washed it, the grain got a little wonky, but it wasn’t too hard to work with. I found it was easier if I didn’t go for lining all the plaids. I was a bit worried about how it would look with the plaids alternating at the seams, but I have to say I really liked the effect in the end! I wanted it to be super comfy and oversized, so to get that look, plain and simply I cut a size larger than what I normally would. Voila!

 Kendra's Plaid Flannel Archer | Grainline Studio

I’m really excited about this piece over all. It’s great for the weather right now with a jacket open over it and it will work well with the sleeves rolled up when it starts to get a bit warmer. And come summer, it will be perfect for early morning trips to the farmers markets with shorts or over a swimsuit at the beach in the evening. Very happy with this boyfriend fit flannel, maybe my dude will start stealing my shirts for a change…

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Life Lately

Life Lately v.03

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

Things have been moving at quite a clip behind the scenes lately which has left me with less than ample time for coming up with blog posts. I feel like there are so many things I need to fill you in on or that I want to talk about so I figured I’d give you the Cliff’s Notes version for now in the form of another Life Lately post and potentially expand on these ideas at a later date. As with all of these posts, the images are pulled from my Instagram account (@grainlinestudio) where I try to post daily with what we’re up to.

In all this scurrying around I did take a day off last week to sew an Archer (not pictured), two Lindens and a raglan tee from my personal pattern collection, and just in time for Me Made May! I’ve got a few more ideas for things I feel like I *need* to get sewn before May 1st – you know how that goes – so hopefully I have a free minute or two to squeeze those in! I’m getting excited about my second Me Made May, I definitely filled in some wardrobe gaps over the past 12 months. Will you be participating this year?

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

Recently I’ve noticed two real workhorses in my wardrobe. If you know me in real life you know I have a bit of a uniform, I’m not sure how much of that comes across via the internet, but I’m sure you’ve noticed at least a bit. I’ve made three of these oversized raglan tees now and they’re hands down my new go-to favorite for when I’m working. I don’t like things restricting my arm movements at all when I’m working so this is perfect. As the seasons change – spring is finally here!! – I’ve been wearing my Bellows cardigan almost every day as the coat-sweater I intended it to be. I knew I would love this sweater before I started knitting it, but I didn’t realize how quickly it would become an everyday garment!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

While we’re on the subject of wardrobes, I downloaded the Into-Mind Wardrobe Workbook last week on a whim after seeing it mentioned more than a few places recently. I’ve enjoyed Anuschka’s posts for a while but never thought I was the wardrobe workbook type and after perusing it I actually still don’t think I am. The workbook looks pretty amazing, super thorough and covers basically every aspect of building a wardrobe in depth, but it’s also a bit of a time commitment and I don’t really feel like I have that much of a wardrobe ‘problem’. Since reading through it I’ve been noticing more similarities in the things around me though, for instance, my outfit, bags, couch, new fabric, and plant, as well as my filing cabinet and its contents all coordinate. Ha!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

You may remember that sweater I’ve been working on for the Sunday Sweater KAL? The one where I knit the front, back, and one sleeve, decided I was knitting too dense of a fabric, ripped everything out, and went up two needle sizes. Ooph!! Well, I’m now finished with the new front and back and will be starting on the sleeves this week just as soon as I adjust the math for my new gauge. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to finish this thing up!

LIfe Lately v.03 | Grainline Studio

And last but not least Kendra and I have been working like crazy on patterns. The next release is at the printer and we should be getting them in the next two weeks. The first is the printed version of the Moss skirt and the second is that long awaited Morris blazer! A lot of people have asked about the fabric on the Morris, I’ve drafted it for use with both stretch wovens and stable knits. Think stretch wool, ponte, etc. More on these soon though!

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Sewing Tutorials

Appliqué Linden Tutorial

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Today I have another Linden Sweatshirt tutorial for you, I’ll be demonstrating how to appliqué your Linden with a fun phrase or word. I’ve been seeing sweatshirts pop up for sale with appliquéd phrases on them, usually either French or funny, but I thought it would be fun to make one of my own! You should have most of the supplies to make this sitting around with the exception of perhaps the fusible and stabilizer but it’s a great project for using up great print scraps leftover from other projects. So lets gather our supplies and jump in!

Project Supplies

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Start by brainstorming a few words or phrases you might want written across your Linden. Try out different fonts and see what you like. I like to place my text on top of the front of the shirt to test the size, just remember that you have to stitch around every edge of your lettering so simple is best. Although it’s cute, something like the bonjour would be a lot of stitching.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

After you decide on your text, you’ll need to reverse the type and cut it out. You can either reverse it on the computer in an editing program such as Photoshop or Illustrator, or you can cut your letters the right way round and flip them over.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Now we need to prep the fabric you’ll be using for your lettering. Press your fabric and cut a piece of double sided fusible large enough for your text. Fuse the non-papered side of it to the wrong side of the fabric according to the instructions included.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Trace your lettering onto the paper side of your fused fabric and cut it out. When you flip the letters fabric side up they’ll be the right way around because we traced them out upside down.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Peel the paper backing off your letters and arrange them how you’d like them to appear on the front of your shirt. I find a ruler or two very helpful at this stage. With the paper removed the letters should be just slightly sticky – enough to get you over to the iron to affix the letters. If this isn’t the case you can stick a pin through each letter until you’re at your ironing board.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Cover your letters with a press cloth and iron the letters to set the fusible. Again follow the instructions that came with your interfacing for this step.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Since were going to be stitching on top of a knit fabric we’ll need something to keep the knit fabric from moving around and stretching out of shape, this is where your tear away stabilizer comes in. Cut a piece large enough to cover all your text, I cut mine about 3/4″ larger than the block. Place it behind the text and pin it in place.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Our next step is stitching around the letters using a zig zag stitch. Before you start on your shirt, it’s not a bad idea to do a practice letter to get your stitch length and with in order, practice turning, and decide on a thread color. I used regular thread for this but if you happen to have embroidery thread laying around you’ll get a much finer outline around your letters.

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Once you’ve worked out your stitch, start outlining your letters. When it comes time to pivot, make sure your needle is at the outer corner before you turn your work as in the photos above. This will ensure that you’re properly in line when starting the next row of stitching. Continue with this until all letters are outlined.

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After you’ve completed stitching around your letters you’ll need to anchor your threads since backtacking isn’t a great option when you want a neat and even stitching line. Pull your threads to the back of the shirt, tie them off, then thread the ends through the stitching with a needle. Clip your excess thread tails.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline StudioAppliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Now it’s time to remove your stabilizer from the back of your shirt. It should tear right off, don’t worry too much about tearing your threads.

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

Appliqué Linden Tutorial | Grainline Studio

That’s it for the appliqué section of the shirt, now assemble the rest of your Linden according to the pattern instructions!

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