I feel like there is a subset of the sewing world that is entirely devoted to linen. I mean, people LOVE this stuff. I’ve never fully understood – it isn’t that I particularly don’t like linen, but I have just never been head over heels for it the way many people seem to be! Admittedly, this was only my third linen garment but still… I just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. So I was excited to try out this fabric (which I chose for the print and colors, not the substrate!) and see if my thoughts would change.
Since I was young, I’ve mainly built my wardrobe on bright neon colors and big, fun prints – usually florals. However, I’ve always really loved the simplicity of a good black and white stripe. Two of my all-time favorite sweaters that I’ve owned, both of which are still in my closet today, were black and white striped. I love that it is a combination of a classic print and classic, neutral colors but it still offers something a little more bold and interesting than your solid black or white.
Want to know a secret? I wasn’t sure that I loved this sweatshirt once I finally finished it. It seemed like a great combination – pattern that I love, fabric that I love – but for some reason the final product was underwhelming. It was incredibly comfortable though, so I found myself reaching for it pretty regularly. The more I wear it, the more I love it. Now, after many (many!) months of wear, I can attest that I do, in fact, love this cozy sweatshirt. Who could’ve known!
By Hand London has done it again. The functional wrap top design, the giant billowy sleeves… It’s another winner of a pattern! I’m not at all surprised – when I first began sewing, I wanted to sew By Hand London patterns exclusively. Their feminine, soft aesthetic appealed to me and I bought up almost all of their patterns right away. To this day, many of my favorite me-made pieces are sewn from BHL patterns! This top was sewn with a beautiful Lady McElroy cotton lawn sent to me by Minerva – enjoy!