Saturday, 13 June 2015

quilted knit linden sweatshirt - the not the inari tee dress post + giveaway

i did try to make an inari tee dress in this quilted knit fabric that i picked up at the crazy scramble that is the clegs** boxing day remnant sale, but it was a BIG time disaster.  the cocoon shape of the inari dress is more suited to fabric with a nice drape - unfortnately this fabric is more wobbly than drapey.

so after getting over the disappointment of wasting my time on something that was doomed to fail from the beginning, i started to think about how I could save the fabric.  luckily for me at around this time the lovely jane from melbourne offered me an excess copy of the grainline linden sweatshirt pattern she had.


dud inari tee dress then became super wearable linden sweatshirt - phew.

i could salvage nearly enough of the fabric for the front and back but not sleeves, which i didn't mind as i thought a contrast sleeve would would well with the quilted knit fabric.  i used a black merino sweater knit from the fabric store that i bought during one of their recent 40% off sales.  i also used a black ribbing for the cuffs and bands.


according to the size chart for the pattern i am a size 6 bust, size 12 waist and 8 hip.  based on some google searching of finished lindens and the finished measurements for the pattern i decided to make a size 8.  wearing it, i find it just a tad big so am going to try a 6 next time.

i said above that i had nearly enough for the front and back from my salvaged fabric.  i was a little short so i pieced two panels on the back at the sides with the stripe pattern going horizontal - i am actually pretty pleased with how this worked out.


as most bloggers have noted the sleeves are lonngggg! (have i mentioned before just how much i appreciate the on-line sewing community giving you a head start at knowing how a pattern will make up?!)  i removed 5cm from the length as rachel posted on IG that she removed 5cm and i kinda thought our arm length may be similar(!) so i went with 5cm and am happy with the finished length.


from dud to wearable - i'm happy.




giveaway

i recently passed 150 followers of my blog.  i am very appreciative that people want to follow my blog and it encourages me to keep going.  to celebrate i have 1.5m of a mystery tessuti fabric to giveaway - mystery because i can't actually remember what it is.  i am terrible with fibre contents, but it is a soft lawn or voile (or perhaps rayon???) kind of fabric.  if you would like to become the new owner just leave me a comment saying you would like the fabric and details of how i can contact you.  i am happy to post anywhere.  i'll announce the winner next post, so you can enter up until my next post.



emma

** at time of posting i think the quilted knit fabric was still available at joys fabric warehouse in geelong victoria.

15 comments :

  1. Yay well done on saving the fabric! Your linden looks brilliant and I really love the side panels - funny how necessity can lead to more inventive design! What lovely fabric for your giveaway but please don't include me as I have to do a destash of fabric too so I'd rather not add more to it at the moment!

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  2. I do like this, very much - I think the side panels are brilliant! Thanks for all the sizing details, I might have to dip my toes into the Linden after all... And I'm sure I'd find an excellent use such a cute blue/brown/white print... if it were to travel down the hwy... ;)

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  3. I like your sweater - a good save!

    Try a burn test on your mystery fabric. It is lovely and should go to someone who will do it justice - not me!

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  4. Snap! All the rad ladies are making quilted panel Lindens at the moment :D Yours looks so snug and warm!

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  5. Great save - what a fab Linden! I bet you wear this to death. I would. Love the side panels too.

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  6. nice save! and thanks on the sizing tips. I think my arms are,about the same too! don't worry about putting me in the draw for the fabruc though! I'm trying to sew through my stash! x

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  7. Great Linden - I really like the fabric you used for the main body of it. I also like the other fabric, so count me in for the draw!

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  8. I love your top - and your mystery fabric! Would love to win :)

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  9. I like your Linden a lot, an excellent job in saving it too.
    Congratulations on passing 150 followers too. I very much like the giveaway fabric, too - please count me in.

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  10. Great Linden Emma! I love this pattern so much - I've only managed to Instagram my two versions, but I agree that the online sizing advice was great. Congrats on 150 :)

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  11. Looks great - even better and more satisfying as a save!
    I just got in the mail today an embossed knit (olive) from Joys. I think it's the same in a different colour way!

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  12. Great Linden and love the side panels, what a great idea.

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  13. Inari's loss and Lindens gain! Love it all - the fabric, the little side panels and looks great on you!

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  14. That looks lovely, very designer! I would love to win the fabric too, mostly because I am not a brave sewist and don't try new things - I could with this :) lbhaydon at gmail dot com

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