Llovely Llamas

Today my latest blog post for Minerva Crafts goes live.  I chose to make up an old favourite, the Grainline Linden sweatshirt. And, quite unusually, I messed up!


The finished project is fine; it’s just not what I intended.

I’ve mentioned quite a few times that I get very frustrated about fabric requirements on patterns being far in excess of what you actually need if you’re prepared to put in a little more effort than just folding the fabric in half down the middle and plonking the pattern pieces down. I relish a bit of pattern tetris and so, when I saw this llama jersey and wanted to make up a sweatshirt in it, I ordered a mere metre.


People, this is not the right approach when working with a directional print!

I tried about 5 different sweatshirt patterns (yes, I do love a cosy jumper, why do you ask?) and there was no way that I could get the fabric to fit.


So I fell back on the sewist’s friend, colour blocking.  I had some grey sweatshirting left from making my husband some joggers for Christmas; together with the matching ribbing, I managed to cobble together a fairly wearable sweatshirt.

Full details of the make are on the Minerva blog here.

And remember; sometimes you don’t know better than the pattern!



Pattern:  Grainline Studios Linden sweatshirt

Fabric: llama jersey from Minerva Crafts; fleece backed sweatshirting and matching ribbing from B&M Fabrics

My Measurements:

Bust 36″

Waist 31″

Hips 42″

Size cut / adjustments

Grade between a size 6 and a size 8

Future adjustments

Possibly widen the neckband; I find it quite narrow as is

Make again?

Oh probably, I can just about make this with my eyes closed at this point!


2 thoughts on “Llovely Llamas

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  1. I never follow the cutting guide but it can catch you out every now and again. I think it looks great. Wouldn’t wall to wall llamas been a bit much anyway?, that is what I would be telling myself. I have just made my first Linden but in a solid bottle green – very wearable. Jo x

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    1. I think you’re probably right, that would have been a lot of llamas! The Linden is such a great pattern, I’ve lost count of how many I’ve made now for me and others


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