It’s my BFF’s birthday and because I love her so much I’ve made her a Linden Sweatshirt (which is my new favorite pattern). Back in January I saw this amazing fabric on Bizzy and Boo’s etsy shop (‘Rain Drops’ from Lillestoff Organic Sweatshirting). I mean how cute is this? You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s two different fabrics – the raindrops run up the right hand side of the fabric and the hippo repeats up the left side. Anyway she loved the fabric and really wanted something out of it.
Initially I wasn’t sure which pattern would best utilize it. Because of the repeat, the fabric is sold in .6m increments. After making my two Linden Sweatshirt last month (here and here), I knew it was the pattern for this print and I could just about squeeze out a size 6 with this amount of fabric provided I used something else on the sleeves.
I figured the hippopotamus would go on the centre front, with the raindrops on the back and on the waistband and cuffs. After a little mix up with an order, Natasha from Bizzy and Boo gave me 1/2 meter of this plain grey marble organic sweatshirt for free (yahooo) which is an almost perfect match so I used it for the arms (cutting against the grain). Now because I cut the arms against the grain I took the drastic decision to stay stitch along the neckline of the sleeves as I was worried it would stretch out of shape awfully quick.It still has a little bit of give.
I made a tiny OOPS when I managed to accidentally attach the waistband so that the raindrops are upside down. But as it took me a day to notice, I doubt many others will. Also because i used the ‘stretch stitch’ on my machine, its horrible to unpick and I figured I might damage the fabric. I hummed and hawed for ages about whether to use the plain grey, or the raindrops for the neckline. In the end because the raindrops are so large, I decided they wouldn’t quite fit, so went with the plain grey.
It came out fantastically – I am so pleased with how it turned out and she loves it!
She sent me these two pictures – yea happy birthday girl: