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Grainline Hadley Top // Imagine Gnats Contributors

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Happy Wednesday, friends! Hooray! We're halfway to the weekend!

I'm once again over at Imagine Gnats today with what is probably my favorite Grainline pattern make to date. I sewed up their newest pattern, the Hadley Top, in a GLORIOUS tencel rayon from the shop. I'm so in love with the outcome, I can't even tell you. 

Well, I can tell you, but you'll have to hop over to my post at Imagine Gnats to read all the details!!

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Grainline Hadley Top // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Monday, September 11, 2017

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Happy Monday! I'm popping in today to share my *first* (yes...) Linden Sweatshirt (purchased via Imagine Gnats, HERE). 

This pattern has been around for a little while and I, for reasons unknown, have waited until now to make one! Unknown reasons, especially because every version out there is great! So the little push I needed came from #lindenlove that was hosted last month on Instagram by SewNews. Seriously, check out that hashtag for mega inspiration! And also #lindensweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I was also motivated to make the cropped version to go with my brand new high-waisted Lander Pants. The fabric I chose to use was also a direct result of falling in love with THIS OUTFIT made by Mie of Sewing Like Mad! The color combo is just toooo good! I already knew I absolutely loved this fabric because I used it to make a top HERE

Yes, I have two tops made from the same fabric and they are even both raglan sleeved. Haha. But I don't care, because I just want to wear them both all the time! The fabric is a rayon blend french terry from LA Finch Fabrics. The pink is sold out, but a lovely Heather Gray is available HERE.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

So my thoughts on the pattern... I have nothing but good to say! The fit is so good. I made a size 6, my bust measurement puts me between a 6 and 8, but my hips are 4/6. I made a straight size 6, in the cropped length and added the included bands to the sleeves for just a bit more length there. I used the pattern piece for the band, but lengthened it to be just a hair shorter than the bottom of the short sleeve pattern piece.

The pattern pieces fit together perfectly, as do all Grainline patterns. The instructions and illustrations are nice and clear and the pdf is easy to assemble. 

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

I just love the easy, slouchiness of this shirt. Yet it still looks pulled together. I will be making so many more of these!! I want to make the longer length for winter and I'm just dreaming of all the cozy fabrics I can use for them! I also want to try going down a size and using lighter-weight fabrics for a shirt-like fit.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women
I should mention, I didn't make any changes to the length at all, I am 5'3". I'm really happy with the length. I like it being shorter, but not super cropped.

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Overall, I just find it to be really comfy and flattering. I'm loving it paired with my Lander Pants here, but it's equally cute with jeans or even work out pants for a super cute power-walking top! ;)



I've been told one cannot have too many Linden's so I'm going to be working on that! How many Linden's do you have??

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Linden Sweatshirt // Sewing For Women

Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt (Size Sewn: 6)
Fabric: Rayon/Poly French Terry from LA Finch Fabrics, pink sold out, but gray available HERE.
Pants: Lander Pants, blogged HERE
Shoes: Rifle Paper Co Keds
Necklace: Target

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Oh happy day!! Today is release day for True Bias's newest pattern! The Lander Pant and Short.

*From the pattern description: The Lander Pant and Short includes front and back patch pockets, belt loops, and a straight fit through the legs. View A is a short with a 4" inseam, View B is an ankle length pant, and View C is a boot length pant that can be worn with a heel.


Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I am finding myself in a sort of style transition, personally. I am being drawn to colors that I haven't been before, and I'm taking steps out of my comfort zone as far as styling goes as well. So when Kelli asked if I would like to test this pattern, as soon as I saw the high waist, I was all in! I've been wanting to try this style for quite a while and just hadn't jumped on it yet.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

That being said, once they were sewn up, I did struggle a little bit on how to style them. But once I stopped thinking about it so hard, and just *wore* them, I found out that I had a lot in my wardrobe already that paired really well!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I found that it wasn't so much the high waist that I had an issue with as the wide leg. I'm not used to that style of pant, but balanced with the right top and shoe proportions it definitely works!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

My fabric choice here has something to do with how wide the legs seem/feel to me. Since this was a tester version, I used a "tester" fabric, if ya know what I mean. Lol. This is a very stiff twill of some sort that I grabbed a while ago in the Joann's red tag bin. I can't wait to sew these up in a fabric with some more drape. I think it will cause the legs to drape more and take some of the wide look out of the lower part of the leg. 
You can see in Kelli's samples (hello gorgeous) what I mean by that. She used Kaufman Ventana Twill for her samples, and obviously, this is a perfect choice!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

For my next pair, I'm planning to use a linen/rayon blend. Super excited to see how those will turn out!! I'm also planning to make a pair of shorts in some stretch denim. YAS.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

So let's dive in to some of the construction and fitting details, shall we?
This being the tester version, there are a couple of changes made to the fit. The main thing being that the crotch was scooped out a little more in both the front and back. This is reflected in my version you see here, but I also added a bit to the front crotch length and I think that was unnecessary.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

If you choose to sew up this pattern (I mean, you really SHOULD! 😄), I would definitely recommend making a muslin. That's not a step you should skip with this style of pants!

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

She also added a bit of wiggle room in the seam allowance through the hips. My muslin version had absolutely zero stretch, so I needed to let the side seams out a bit that time. My final version that you see here was sewn up exactly as per the pattern, so fabric content will play a part in the fit here. 

I did shorten the hem by 2 inches, because, short. But that's a super easy mod to make. The bottom of the pants are straight, so taking them up a couple of inches isn't an issue, next time I will take that length out at the lengthen and shorten line to keep the proportions a little better.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

I love, love, love, the dressed up look with the crisp white shirt and wedges. But like I said, I played around with styling and made a cropped Linden sweatshirt to wear with it as well. The high-waist, plus cropped sweatshirt length is perfection! I paired it with my Rifle Paper Co Keds, because the colors are absolutely perfect, but I'm not 100% sure I'm sold on the chunky sneaker look with the pants. Maybe sandals would be better? Either way, it's cool today and I'm wearing this look with the sneakers anyway, haha.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

All in all, I can't wait to make up another pair of these cropped pants, they are on my sewing list for this month. But I'm seriously dying to make a pair of the shorts, even if the weather seems to be getting too cool for them! We have been known to get a heat wave in October here, so who knows, maybe I'll just go for it.

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Lander Pants // Sewing For Women

Fabric: Mystery Twill from Joann's
White top, necklace and wedges: Target
Pink top: Linden Sweatshirt (will edit to add link to blog post next week!)
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