I posted on Instagram during March a few of my linden sweatshirts that I made for my travels, but now I am finally getting round to blogging about them.
As many of you know, I spent the whole of March living in Sweden. I was sent by work to develop a stronger collaboration/relationship with the team out there, so it was a pretty big deal for my career.
I only had a months notice, but I luckily managed to get some crucial sewing in before going. The weather was forecast to be pretty cold for the whole month, but in reality it was FREEZING! It snowed pretty much every day and -10C temperatures became a daily routine.
So lots of H&M long sleeved tops were worn…
Not many dresses (the high winds meant I really didn’t want to risk having a Marilyn moment)…
So I completely relied on jeans and…
And self timer photos- so I’m sorry for the quality.
The black jumper is actually floral embroidered jersey which is a lovely subtle detail.
However, I do refer slightly tighter arms than the pattern traditionally has, and also a slightly longer body…
I know that it seems strange for a petite/short person to want a longer body, but I do. The longer body gives me more bum and hip coverage that I prefer (as you can see from the penguin linden, which is unaltered, verses the lengthen linden on the right).
So for these Lindens, I cut out a size 8. I use to use a size 10, based on body measurements, but felt like the jumper was too boxy on me, so I went down a size.
I also graded the sleeves down to a size 2 at the cuffs (from an 8) and I added 1″ in length to the body.
Grading down the arms often works well for me, but with the grey/floral jumper I definitely should have tried it on before doing it. The grey fabric has minimal stretch, meaning the sleeves are too tight, to the point that I struggle to move the jumper to look at my watch. Fail.
So definitely my advise is to not presume that every time you make these jumpers will be the same! The fabric, although its all forms of jersey/knit, varies so much in stretchability.
Pink textured flowers – Fab Works Mill Shop (sold out)
White floral scuba – Fab Works Mill Shop (sold out)
Grey jersey for sleeves – unknown – sorry!!
Burgundy diamond jersey – From a fabric swap, but similar at Girl Charlee UK
Burgundy plain Ponte – Girl Charlee UK
Black textured jersey – Barry’s Fabric Store, Birmingham
I think I have enough lindens for now (especially with “summer” coming up), so I don’t see any more in my near future, but it is definitely a great pattern for fast satisfaction!
Hope you all enjoy your May bank holiday! I am hoping for some sunshine as we have organised a picnic with friends!!
Love, Abigail x