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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grainline Linden top

A while ago I promised a photo of my Grainline Linden top and here it is.

There are few things you need to know about this pattern. 

First there is a lot of ease in it. 

Probably designed for sweatshirt fabric or as a layer, although this loose bamboo knit version was great for a home day for me. I made a 12 which fit my measurements exactly and this is the fit. 

In a class I am doing for beginners with this pattern students tried on samples and most of the younger women are making a 4 when their measurements are more 8-10. 

Consider that.

As you can see the neckband is quite narrow, fine, but for beginners I am having them it twice as wide because getting used to stretching a neckband with your hands to fit the neckline first out is hard and I want them to have a success.

Also it should be noted that this is a raglan T shirt, something that we haven't seen too much of lately. Raglans are really the most comfortable sleeve shape, good if you have sloped shoulders, and easiest to put on children, and those with mobility issues. Worth remembering. I always sew raglans for babies.

Not too much else to say except this picture is taken on my daughter's back deck and you can see the state of the landscape around here.

I am also confirming my status as the sewer with the least staged pictures on the internet, notice the sock feet. In Canada we take our shoes off the minute we get in a house and Canadian homes usually have entries full of random piles of shoes. It is considered sort of rude to leave your shoes on even in the summer. A by product of all the slush, snow and salt we would otherwise track in I guess much of the year.

I am wearing some Barb pants by Stylearc in this shot too if you are interested. As well as about 20 extra pounds I see, proving that those second helpings (I have the appetite of a 14 year old boy, although I do understand I am not a 14 year old boy) do take residence.

Going to do something about that some day.

Now off the finish the chair project. Have to get that in the out basket today or else.


Laceflower said...

I do love my Barb pants, thanks for pushing me out of my big 4 to try these.

Louise Perry said...

Does look the perfect top for lounge wear. Hope the ladies you are teaching like their new tops.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

This top looks good on you! And I work with 20 & 30 somethings and everything is skin tight which looks great on young flesh but not so great on old flesh!

jirons42 said...

I can't wait to see your finished reupholstered chair. I'm about to do the same to a chair I got from a neighbor. Tell me it's worth the trouble.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb,

Thanks for the chuckles. I've needed them this gray November.

I have a sewing question. I have been making tee shirts. Nothing special just using up the fabric stash and working on the fit,not raglan sleeve though. I think I have the fit in the shoulders and bust area mastered. I am having problems with wrinkles radiating out from the neck line. Could it be that the neckline depth is not propionate to the width? Is the binding too tight? Or maybe I just need a new bra. When you have a minute and if I've given you enough info'.

Donna E

Linda said...

Well I don't live in Canada, but glad I have been doing this tradition of walking into the house and taking my shoes off. No matter the season,shoes come off.

Top looks good. I have to agree with Carolyn statement skin tight garments on old flesh-not pretty!

Barbara said...

Hi Donna ha d to say by distance, maybe you can email me a picture and I can give you my two cents worth.

Anonymous said...

I'll do that in the next couple of days Barb. Look for sock feet on the back deck pose in your mail box ;-)

Anonymous said...

Could the radiating wrinkles from the neckline have to do with fabric having trouble extending over the bust and therefore needing a full bust adjustment?

Marianne said...

Oh the chair project! Hope it is now done. If you ever recover from the ordeal and want to post on that, please do. We have a couple of lazyboys whose seats I eye nervously from time to time. They are showing their wear. I may end up in the same position as you, but hopefully not for another couple of years. How many pieces did you say they had? Haha! But I totally agree with your husband, they are very comfy. We bought them several years ago, thinking why wait until we are "old" to get comfortable his and hers chairs? But now I see the folly in our thinking. The chairs will not outlive us and I will feel obliged to recover them. Sigh.