Hello! Today I’m sharing with you my first linden – I say first because I plan to make a whole bunch of these very soon – it is the perfect base pattern for endless color-blocking and embellishment options. I am even participating in the Linden Swap organized by Carrie of Oh, She Dabbles and Ingrid of We The Sewing.
For this first Linden I decided to break out the chartreuse lace I’ve been hoarding since a trip to Mood Fabrics in NYC in September of 2013 to add a little applique fun to the raglan sleeve line. I feel like it compliments the light heather grey sweatshirt fleece really nicely and dresses up the sweatshirt a bit.
I only made a very few alteration to the pattern – I lengthened the sleeve 1.5″ and left off the cuff and turned and hemmed the bottom by 1″ – I added .5″ to the length of the body of the sweatshirt – I took in the back and front raglan shoulder seams at the neckline by 3/4″ and 1/2″ respectively grading to nothing by 4.5″ down the seam to keep the stiffer sweatshirt fleece from sitting away from my neckline – I cut the back bottom ribbing 1″ wider and left a slit between the front and back bottom ribbing at the side seams.
The sweatshirt fleece and ribbing came from Katy, she had picked up a bunch of it at Mill End in Portland, Oregon and was kind enough to share some with me. I think I will make a short sleeved/cropped linden with some of this fleece too – I imagine it’d be cute to wear over a button up blouse like an Archer or Granville.
To create the lace applique I first laid the front pattern piece over the lace at a point I liked where the swirls were and using a rotary cutter I cut along the side, raglan seam, and neck seam. Next lifted away the pattern piece and pinned around the outside of where I wanted to cut along the swirls and carefully snipped away to isolate silhouette I wanted. Then I used this piece as a template for the other side front by flipping the lace over and lining it up over the corresponding pattern and repeated the process. Once all the front and back pieces were cut from the lace I pinned them to my sweatshirt fleece and using a narrow zigzag I carefully stitched around the silhouette of the lace. I then assembled the rest of the sweatshirt according to the instructions using a serger.
1/2 yd Lace
1 1/4 yds sweatshirt fleece
1/2 yd ribbing
I am actually wearing this sweatshirt today while snowed in from the blizzard Juno! My plans for today involve going for a walk in my neighborhood-turned-snowglobe, some painting, and hot cocoa. What is your ideal snow day like?