Birch Linden

Birch Linden - Noodlehead

A simple sew is so satisfying. Especially when I’ve had this fabric sitting around for a couple of years. It definitely makes me more brave to just jump into a project. I’ve been meaning to make a Linden for so long. I love a raglan sleeve so much! They usually fit me quite well, and knits always seem to get worn most in my closet. I’m glad I finally bit the bullet and sewed it up!

Birch Linden - Noodlehead

I would definitely recommend this pattern to anyone who is new to knits. It’s really only a few seams to sew, so it’s one factor you don’t have to worry much about time/construction wise. Instead you can focus on fit and fabric, which is always fun, right!? I think one of my goals for garment sewing is to get better at fit issues. Drafting a pattern to fit myself is one thing, but trying to diagnose issues with other patterns on my own body is not my strong suit. If you are interested in drafting your own patterns I’d highly recommend Cal Patch’s book Design-It-Yourself Clothes (which I own) or even her class on Creativebug called Pattern Drafting. I think I plan on getting a few fit books from the library and see if I can develop some better skills in that area.

Birch Linden - Noodlehead

So this of course is such a cozy project for this time of year. I’ve already worn it quite happily a few times with no complaints. It washed up super nice and I’m so happy with it. Also, I should note that I tried out Eloflex from Coats and Clark on the topstitching. I really like it! I picked up a couple spools at Stitch Supply Co. the other day. It’s perfect for those seams, so if you like to sew with knits, I’d suggest trying to find some and try it out! I think that means it’s almost time to make another. Orrrrr, I’ve been really wanting to make Hey June’s Halifax Hoodie pattern, too. Hmmm, lots of choices, I just need to jump in and start.

Birch Linden - Noodlehead


Pattern: Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Cotton French Terry Melange from Fancy Tiger Crafts


* this post contains an affiliate link to Cal’s class on Creativebug, if you do purchase the class or monthly membership I get a tiny percentage. I am a member of Creativebug and I really can say it’s an invaluable resource for me and my kids.

Birch Linden - Noodlehead

9 thoughts on “Birch Linden

  1. Betty Dalton says:

    Nice work.

  2. I love the Linden too and yours is just perfect in that beautiful drapey french terry. I just finished a Toaster Sweater in french terry and find myself reaching for it all the time! So soft it’s amazing. I bought some of that Eloflex too and love that thread! It’s strong, sleek and does stretch! You’re right that it’s perfect for topstitching on knits. I haven’t bought any videos or books on pattern making because I have so many already in my stash 🙂

  3. I think I fancy a French terry top or two in my wardrobe…

  4. erin says:

    Adorable! I need to make more Lindens for myself and the girls.

  5. Nicole Beauchamp says:

    I love summer, especially here in Australia. We are just coming into some lovely warm days now but I would have to say winter fashion is delicious and you did a fantastic job of your new top. Keep up the beautiful work.

  6. Anna says:

    Your linden looks so good! I vote for a Halifax hoodie next. I just made a view E that I lengthened by 4 inches and it is a dream to wear.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Oooo! That sounds fabulous! 🙂 I think I’ll have to sew one up!

  7. So simple yet elegant.Love the colour and the light pattern in it.Would be definitely in my collection of wardrobe.I love sewing different types of t shirts and tops.This really gave me a new idea to sew for me.

  8. I like your sweatshirt. How I collect it please tell me.

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