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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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). 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?