Split Hem Linden Tutorial
A few months back I posted this split hem mariner stripe Linden and just realized that I never shared the tutorial on how I split the hem. This is a super easy alteration that adds a nice custom touch to the basic sweatshirt version. I really like it paired with a sweater knit but it would work equally well with regular jersey or sweatshirt fleece. The only change you'll need to make to the pattern is that you'll want to cut the back hem band ribbing longer than the front. I added 2.25" to mine so that it was visibly a different length than the front. Rather than sew the ends of the ribbing pieces together to make one large circular hem band as the instructions are written, you're going to fold the right sides of each hem band together and serge (or stitch) the ends of the bands so that you have a front and a back band with both edges closed. From there you'll want to turn the hem band right side out and give the ends of each band a good press. Align the hem bands in the same fashion as you would if they were one continuous band. You'll want the finished edges of the two bands to meet at the side seams. Once you've arranged these bands in place, serge (or stitch) the bands to the bottom of the sweatshirt. If you're having trouble keeping the two ends in place at the side seam you can always do a bit of basting prior to serging the layers together. That's all there is to it, you've not got a split hem on your Linden! Also just a heads up, the paper version of the Linden is currently being re-printed but the PDF version is available as always. If you'd like to be notified of the Print Linden's return to the shop, you can always sign up for our newsletter over in the sidebar and I'll fill you in!