Sweatshirt in Liberty of London fabric

I am a huge fan of Liberty of London fabric.  Choosing a print can be tricky- but choosing a pattern from Liberty of London is easy.  Every Liberty print is fabulous- you can’t make a mistake.  So when I saw that there was a Liberty print available in a cozy fleece from the absolutely charming Guthrie Ghani Fabric Shop- I couldn’t resist.  What could be better than an everyday sweatshirt in an extraordinary print? I ordered the Liberty Ruby Templar A Linford Fleece Backed Cotton Sweatshirt Fabric and I am glad I did because it wasn’t around for long! You can find Liberty of London sweatshirt material here.

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Ordering from this lovely fabric shop was a snap- the yardage arrived surprisingly swiftly- and included a friendly note from staff. 

The fabric was even better in real life. The print and colors are amazing and the material is super soft and cozy!! You can glimpse the softness on the back face of the fabric and some hand sewing on rolled neck in progress.

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The most difficult decision for this project was choosing a sweatshirt pattern.  I absolutely couldn’t decide, so oops- I made two (I promise to pass one of these off). When a project is simple- it is difficult to stop at one.

Here’s the version that I made from the trusty Grainline Linden.  This particular Liberty fleece fabric has practically no stretch- minor inconvenience. Happily, the Linden is roomy, so no worries. Because of the lack of stretch and the posh patterning, i decided to eliminate the sleeve cuffs and banded hem. My model is very similar to Lauren’s - adorable owner of Guthrie and Ghani.

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For the second, I used this Simplicity pattern which is a bit more refined (boring?).  The lack of stretch in this model was more challenging- wish I had a smaller head. 

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Now that they are both finished I still can’t decide which model I prefer.

 But I know I love the print!

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Ode to the Archer

It is only fitting to launch this blog with an ode to Grainline’s Archer.  Before I discovered the Archer, I sewed almost exclusively from the big three pattern companies.  But, I got restless.  I had dabbled in vintage patterns and some craft patterns.  And then-happily- I stumbled across Grainline Studio. Oh brave new world! 

Grainline was a safe choice for my first independent pattern sewing project.  Archer was accessible, Grainline is from the Midwest- like me- and Archer appreciation is huge.  The Archer launched connections to independent pattern makers and the online sewing community- so grateful for that.  I return to the Archer often. To date, I have completed seven Archers (not all for me!)- and counting.

Here is my most recent Archer in an amazing silk from Emma one sock.  I am a sucker for floral button ups- and this floral is especially pleasing.  This exact print is not currently available but there are so many tempting choices

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The Archer is a perfect and comfortable fit for me- I don’t adjust anything in the sizing.  Over the years, I increasingly add a smidgen to the length.  I might have increased this one too much.  Couldn’t decide if I would be tucking in or not.  Hmmmm….

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Admiring the shirt length- or my new clogs! I used French Fuse to interface- my interfacing of choice for so many projects.  I almost always finish my Archer with French seams- but for some reason, I was in a rush to finish this model and skipped that. I did not top stitch the collar, because it turned and pressed so nicely I decided to keep it spare.

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