I heart this Linden sweatshirt so ridiculously much. I’m glad to be finally sharing it with you.
For such a simple project, I certainly learned a lot from it. I had two major break throughs with this project – one technical, one emotional.
Firstly, reading Iconic Patterns blog post about the difference between Fitting and Flattering, completely shifted my view of how I adjust patterns to fit me. I used to think “good fit” meant “following the curves of my body” or “having the correct amount of ease” or even “not having any wrinkles”. I have rather extreme differences between my shoulder and hip measurements and to maintain the design ease as drafted required equally extreme adjustments around my hips. Then, when it was all said in done, I usually hated how the finished garment looked on me. After reading Lena’s article, I know realize what I really wanted was to have just enough ease for it to be comfortable, but at the same time maintain the flow of the garment so the difference my shoulder-hip ratio looked more “ideal/average/normal”. The less adjustments made, the better.
This Linden sweatshirt was my first attempt at this concept, and I’ll detail my changes toward the end of this post.
Secondly, I realized how much I have been worried lately about “looking big” and how this fear has been keeping me from sewing certain styles of clothes for myself. Or even posting about the things that I have been sewing.
I saw Baste + Gather’s aaaammmaaazing quilted Linden, and wanted to make one for myself, but then I told myself wearing something so loose and baggy would look wrong on me. I mean, I couldn’t be more differently proportioned than Lauren. Instead, I tried to solace myself by making quilted jersey sweatpants for my daughters instead. As I was sewing those pants, I fell more and more in love the fabric. I wanted to drape me in its soft squishy beauty!!! And when I really let myself think about it, I wondered why can’t I wear a loose baggy sweatshirt? Does it make me look super skinny and waifish? nope. But why should it? I am not skinny or small or petite. I would never consider size to be a source of shame in another person. Why should it be shameful for me?
I don’t need to portray myself as smaller than I am, or even rationalize my size, past or present, to others. I am a worthy, loved, and beautiful person. period.
In the end, this sweatshirt is my own personal jubilant act of rebellion against those ridiculous cruel voices that were whispering in my ear. I had been giving them credibility that they didn’t deserve, and I love that sewing has allowed me the opportunity to grow in this area. This, somewhat ridiculously twee, quilted-heart sweatshirt is now like wearing a great big hug of self confidence. One that I wear as many days of a week as I can.
Linden Sweatshirt Details
- Fabric: Quilted Jersey from Jo-Ann Fabrics “Doodles” collection
- Pattern: Grainline Studio’s Linden Sweatshirt
- Measurements: High Bust – 41 in; Bust – 43.5 in; Waist – 42; Hips – 52 in; Height – 5 ft 10 in
- Added 6 inches to sleeve length, and left of wristbands.
- Cut size 18, but graded up to an extra 1 1/8 inch at side seams for hips
- Lengthened front 3 1/2 inches, and back 5 inches.
- Left off waistband, and added 5 1/2 inch side vent.