This may come as a surprise to y’all but I am not known for my patience. Yup, big shock that one. It may be the ridiculous amounts of sugar I consume (much like a hummingbird) but the ability to wait patiently and not race ahead was left off my personality traits in favour of mad breakdance skills and improvisational rhyming. So it still befuddles me to this day why I thought self quilting a pair of long sleeves would be a great idea when making my first sweatshirt… Oh, wait- it’s because it makes things look all kinds of rad! Say hello to the insanity inducing self quilted sleeve wonder of my 2015 wardrobe.
This bad boy is the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio. It features a relaxed fit, raglan sleeves, and a slightly scooped neckline with options for sleeve cuffs and a waistband. As winter has hit with a bang in the Berra already (-7 on the way to the gym = sad frozen panda) it is time to be making up snuggly pieces. I went with View A but lengthened the body and sleeves by 4cm and removed the sleeve cuffs and waistband. Sassy!
The body of the Linden is made up from some white faux quilted poly spandex blend scored from Darn Cheap Fabrics. But let’s talk sleeves. These bad boys are made of a Marc Jacobs terry knit remnant from The Fabric Store scored for $6 back in 2012. I’m not sure where the idea to quilt came from (too many G&Ts or perhaps not enough?!) but once it was in my mind I had to go with it.
Given my vast (read: zero) quilting knowledge it is quite surprising how well this turned out. I got some advice from Addicted to Fabric and bought some thin but squishy cotton batting. It was then time to make a delicious Marc Jacobs knit sandwich by roughly pinning everything together. To get the line spacing even and make it easy to follow I used painters’ tape stolen from our house painting kit and measured diagonal lines 1” apart.
Then came the first batch of stitching beginning from the middle and working out. This required a walking foot, an audio book, patience and several wines. Due to my attention span rivalling that of a squirrel on uppers the quilting was broken into 20 minute chunks to get it completed. Once the first batch of stitching was done the fabric was re-taped on the cross diagonal and the sewing started again. Let me tell you there was some seriously exuberant dancing when this was all finished. Nothing says completed quilting like a pop and lock. Bam!
Construction wise everything was very straightforward and it went together easily. This pattern was sewn up at Sewaway surrounded by 13 other rad sewing ladies and the fact it came together without problems is a testament to how well it is drafted. Mainly because I was making raptor noises at everyone while sewing. And then providing alternate commentary to Jurassic Park. Because that’s what I bring to sewing catch ups: pure. class.
What I liked about this pattern:
- The comfy fit. This is another stealth PJs pattern. Mmm ninja comfort!
- The raglan sleeves. These make me think of high school letterman’s jackets (Not that I have ever seen a real one but 90s tv taught me this. And also it is possible to slay vampires whilst quipping like a boss- thanks, Buffy!)
- How quickly it went together. Except for the quilting. Never again.
What I’d change for next time:
- Go down a size. I ended up removing a good 1.5” on either side seam and up into the arm. This isn’t a sizing issue from Grainline just my preference to a more fitted look.
- Pinch out a couple of centimetres from the back neckline. There’s sometimes a draft onto my back meat and that’s not rad.
- Try stretch fabric for all the pieces. Amanda, just because something is stretched pre-quilted does not give it super powers to be a stretchy post-quilting. /facepalm
Fabric: 80cm white faux quilted poly blend, 90cm grey Marc Jacobs terry knit
Notions: 90cm cotton batting, thread, painters tape because I’m a renegade
Overall, I am so happy with how this turned out! I’m looking forward to this becoming part of my winter wardrobe with some black skinnies and my ubiquitous Chucks. But enough casual clothes- Frocktails is on in two weeks and I need to start my ensemble STAT! Wish me luck- eep!