JCrew DIY: Linden Sweatshirt from Grainline Studios

January 13, 2017
Linden Sweatshirt

Linden Sweatshirt

Linden SweatshirtLinden Sweatshirt  Linden Sweatshirt I am the worst kind of shopper: I will see something I like, mutter to myself, “I could make that” and walk away. Then, I rarely ever get around to making my own.

But not today! Instead, I have one of my favourite makes so far to show you.

When I saw the Gayle Sweater from JCrew pop up online, I knew I would easily be able to make my own version from the Linden Sweatshirt pattern from Grainline Studios. The ribbing of this soft sweater knit (another BlackBird Fabrics score) wasn’t an exact match, but I was perfectly happy to have something “inspired” by, rather than a direct copy (although I’m sure I knitting it would be possible, just not by me at this time.)

I have made several Linden sweatshirts over the years (you can see my most recent one here) and they remain some of the most-worn items in my closet. I haven’t worked with sweater knits that much before, but I have several projects made with them to show you this month! I was careful about my cutting and made my usual adjustments for this full-length version: I sized down drastically and cut the width of the band to match body pieces rather using the ribbed band. I also increased the width of the neckband (by about 2.5x) to accommodate the bow.

I’m so happy with it! It feels preppy without being precious and a little tuxedo-inspired.

Project: JCrew DIY Linden

Total cost: $50.99

Fabric: $23

Pattern:$21.00 CAD

Notions: $6.99

Fit: Size 2 for the body and sleeves, size 8 for the bottom band. Increased the width of the neckband.

What to work on: Learning to knit!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie January 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Gorgeous, Erica! Tell me, what size does the pattern say you ought to make? I just made my first Linden and I Love it, but it is ROOMY. I love the fit of yours, and I’d love to know how many sizes you sized down!

    • Reply Erica January 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you! I should be somewhere in the 8/10 range. I size down for the other Grainline patterns too, but normally just down to a six rather than the size 2 I made here. I still find the armpits a bit droopy, but this fabric also has a lot of drape to it.

      • Reply Stephanie January 13, 2017 at 2:27 pm

        Thanks! Great context. I’m looking forward to making another Linden, a little more fitted this time!

  • Reply Anya January 20, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Gorgeous make!! I absolutely love it. I really like how the increased width of the neckline gives it a slight turtleneck look without being a turtleneck. I am definitely going to steal this idea!

    • Reply Erica January 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you! I was tempted to interface the neck band, but the sweater knit I used was too delicate. It’s like a “lite” version of the Toaster Sweater neckline. I’m looking forward to your version!

  • Reply Oslo Cardigan from Seamwork – The Handmade Wardrobe February 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    […] sweater knit from BlackBird Fabrics. It’s a different colour story of what I used for my DIY JCrew Linden. It’s so soft, but a bit more on the delicate side, so I omitted the buttons and buttonholes. […]

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