Hello again! Long time no blog. I’ve been looking forward to writing something, but somehow haven’t got round to it. I’ve been sewing quite a lot, but mostly fairly unglamorous plain sorts of things, so it seems silly to photograph! Not that this is the most wild and exciting make, but there we go…
I’ve been thinking of making the Grainline Linden for ages, probably since it came out. I’m not sure why I held off, maybe because on the face of it it’s quite simple and very casual. Although some very pretty ones have changed my mind (like this lacy one, and this beautiful one with a cowl neck). Then I found this maternity one and I was sold! So here’s mine:
I decided to go for the lace overlay idea, and I was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was. I think I messed it up a bit in that there is a bit less lace than the under-fabric, so the hem kind of flips up a bit, and the under fabric sort of pools slightly under it. But having looked at these photos I think it isn’t so bad. I made one other stupid mistake though, of which more later…
Here’s a side view, so you can see that actually it is very maternity-friendly! I’m not sure it’s the most flattering silhouette, but to be honest I really don’t care. Sometimes I feel happy wearing fitted t-shirts that hug my bump (like these ones), but other times I just want to wear something big and baggy, and this is PERFECT. I love it 🙂 The fabric is this french terry from the UK branch of girlcharlee. It’s so soft and cosy and lovely to sew with, and not too thick and drapes very nicely. I’ve gone through quite a lot of it in the last few weeks, especially in the green (which is now sadly almost gone!). Oh it’s lovely! The lace is from John Lewis, and was £9.50/m in their sale. I’ve no idea how to describe lace so that’s all I’ll say! I only got a metre, and this used less than half of it, so I’ll have to find something to do with the rest. Hmmmmm!
I made similar adjustments to the maternity version I mentioned above. I cut a 14 in the shoulders, grading to a 16 in the bust but with the front side seam swinging violently out (I think by the hem the front is 4″ wider on either side). I also lengthened the front and back by 4″ (partly to make up for missing the hem band, partly just to make it even cosier) and then curved the front hem down even further, so in the centre it’s probably another 3″ deeper.
Thanks to the tum-tum it actually looks more or less level at the moment. I also made a split hem, which I like too. Hurrah!
However, now onto the stupidness I did – I IRONED THE LACE AND SOME OF IT MELTED 🙁
You can see it in the bottom left corner here. The bigger bits of the pattern are OK, but the thin bits between (I’m sure there’s a proper lace vocabulary to describe this) have all melted – waaaaah! And I’m not sure what to do about it. As I see it, my options are:
- Ignore it and move on. Is it dead obvious? It is to me now, but I don’t know. Also, after the winter I can unpick the side seams, cut the front down and re-sew it up as not maternity, which would get rid of these bits in the end. Hmmmmm.
- Sew some lace under this bit, in the right place, with the pattern matched. Though would I be able to do this without it being obvious? This was my husband’s idea and I’m not convinced by it. But if it would work it would be great!
- Chop some of the hem off to shorten it, although then I don’t know how long it would last in the short term as I expand
- Sew in the gaps where the lace melted with ivory thread, in a similar pattern.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Or any other suggestions! Have you ever done something stupid right at the end of making something and then LONGED for an undo button?
So there we go! A lace Grainline Linden. I already have plans for my next Linden…..