Hello lovely, I’m Ginnie from @sewmebeautiful on Instagram. I “found” AnnMarie and Crafty Studio through Instagram and a mutual sewing friend. I won a gift voucher from AnnMaries shop in a giveaway they hosted together. It was the start of a wonderful series of fabrics crossing the pond!
I was kindly gifted 1,5 meters of this linen mix with stretch to make this blogpost. At first I planned making a pair of trousers, but I had a new top pattern that I wanted to try out first. It is the Remy raglan top from SewHouse7. It is intended for light weight linen and such, so the fabric is perfect for it. It comes in sizes 00-20 (bust 31”-47” – you really don’t need any other measurements as it’s quite boxy). What I like about this pattern is that it is super simple, it comes with both regular and curvy sizing, raglan sleeves (short or ¾ length), and also offers a version which is perfect for colour blocking!
Linen is my favorite fabric to both sew with, and wear, and I have tried several different ones from Crafty Studio. As I had never used stretch linen before, I was quite excited to try it out! I was not disappointed, it is SO soft! It washes beautifully, and I find that it keeps its color very well. It is a dream to work with, cutting it out and sewing with it was a breeze.
I chose to make the ¾ sleeved version first since we’re heading into autumn here. I cut out a size 14 after my measurements (bust 100cm/40”), but it turned out huge! It’s still a lovely top which I will get a lot of wear out of, as it is perfect for layering with a long sleeved wool top underneath.
I have since made another short-sleeved version in the Mint Linen in AnnMarie’s shop, and sized down to a 12. It fits me better, but I might size down again to a 10 next time.
This fabric is perfect for so many different garments, but because it has such a wonderful stretch to it, I want to make a pair of trousers next. I’ve been drooling over the bright red colour “Crimson” and want to make a pair of Persephone pants from Anna Allen Clothing or the Lander pants from True Bias. Or maybe another Clyde work pants from Elizabeth Suzann? Or a Zadie jumpsuit?? The choices are endless!
Sewing is wonderful, isn’t it?