Hi sewing friends!
Long-term readers may well have noticed that I took something of a break from sewing / blogging over the summer (welcome to all of you that continued to sign up over summer, thank you!) There was no onerous reason for taking a break, other than I wanted to dedicate my summer wholly to my family. And it was glorious! I also learnt how to knit socks and finally found the time to write a book of family recipes for the kids. That said, whilst I wasn’t actively sewing, I was planning upcoming makes like crazy…creating a spreadsheet and a Look Book and stocking up on fabric and supplies. It also gave me a good opportunity to really consider how I want to take this blog forward since it’s grown beyond anything I imagined at the start. (I’ll talk about that more in a minute!)
So, once the kids went back to school, my sewing space got a dust off and sewing began again in earnest! I’ve been pattern testing this last week but thought I’d come back to the blog with my first makes.
As always, my new season sewing has begun with the basics; this for me means loungewear / sleepwear. If I don’t have to leave the house, I don’t get dressed; it’s that simple! What I wanted then was sleepwear I’d be happy to lounge around the house in (and by ‘lounge around the house’ what I really mean is running after the kids and doing seemingly never ending housework!) And I don’t know about you, but I always find after taking a sewing break that I want to come back to something that I know wont be too taxing to sew but will produce something I’ll get lots of wear out of. PJs is always the answer!
I decided on the Linden Sweatshirt / Hudson Pants combo which I’ve seen so many great versions of on my Instagram feed. I’ve sewn the Linden a few times (see here) but the Hudsons, though long in my stash, were a ‘new-to-me’ pattern.
I first sewed them up in some deep-stash purple fabric; so deep did I pull out this fabric that I have no idea where it came from! The grey was from a trip to Joanns a few years ago, I think. If I can’t remember parting with cash then, to my mind, these count as a ‘free’ make! They come together in no time; I was wearing them on the second day. Both patterns are very simple to sew. Whilst, so far, I’ve made mine as sleepwear, they could easily be made as a ‘tracksuit’ in technical fabric or indeed as everyday separates. I certainly see more Hudson pants for-leaving-the-house-in (shudder!) factoring their way into my future sewing plans.
Calculating Neckband Length
As I say, I’ve made the Linden before and was aware to go down a couple of sizes. As for the neckband length, I posted to my Instagram feed the method I use to ensure that the neckband is the right size. This is something I draft separately each time I make the Linden or, indeed, any knit top, to take into account the stretch percentage of the fabrics I’m using to ensure a good fit. Rather than repeat myself, here’s that post if you missed it :
These then were a ‘test’ make, if you like (not so much to test to see if I liked the combo, but to test whether I could still sew after the break, haha!) Whilst they’re fine, I wanted something better for my second, so I used this fab and very appropriate, constellation fabric in a midnight blue (gifted to me by Minerva). It’s a lovely soft fabric and ideal for this make but please note that it is printed onto a white base fabric. It comfortably stretches approximately 35% – if you stretch it beyond its comfortable limit it will ‘white-out’, which was not an issue here. I paired it with this comfy grey marl fabric and used the 50mm/2” version of this elastic for the waistband I made my own drawstring in matching fabric. (There’s a full post over on the Minerva site here if you fancy a more detailed write up / look-see).
I much prefer this second pair, it has to be said. So much so that a third set in the same fabrics but in reverse colourways, i.e. grey constellation fabric paired with a navy plain jersey will find their way into my sewing plans soon (I did say I live in PJs didn’t I?!) I’ve washed and worn this second pair a few times and it’s held up well, with no colour bleeding.
I mention this specifically as this is something I’d considered over the summer. In the past, when I’ve sewn something that I intend featuring on the blog, I’ve taken the pictures and posted on the make whilst the garment was still ‘new’ and relatively unworn. I’ve decided from now on I will only blog makes after they’ve had some wash and wear – that way I’ll feel confident knowing that any fabrics and patterns I feature – and any links you click on – I’ve had the chance to really put to the test. Plus it means I can wear my new makes without having to wait until they can be photographed; so we both win!
So yes, I can highly recommend both patterns (so long as you take into account the oversized drafting of the Linden). Being from independent designers both patterns are at the pricier end of the bracket (but I do love to champion independents!) However both, I feel, are workhorse patterns that you can get a lot of use from. They’re available in paper format (see here and here) and more economically in PDF format (see here and here).
I’ve completed a few makes waiting their turn on this ‘ere blog – a pair of Morgan Jeans from Closet Case files (I’ve worn them so often an urgent second pair is underway as we speak!), a dodgy top and a finalised version of the pattern test I’ve been involved in which is pinned for release, hopefully, at the end of the month.
Until then, I hope you’re summer was also great and your needle is threaded too!
Disclaimer : I was gifted the navy fabric as part of my allowance as a Minerva Blogger but all other notions and supplies were purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my honest and considered opinion. Some of the links given are Affiliate links – if you choose to purchase via an Affiliate link, you will not be charged any extra however I may receive a small commission x).