Hello! This month’s blogger network post was a super-duper quick and easy sewing project just in time for autumn - the Grainline Linden Sweatshirt. This is a departure from my usual style of novelty print dresses, but we all need basics, right?

I wanted to make the sweatshirt ultra soft and cosy, as I often struggle to wear me-made items when it is really cold, especially if I’m wearing jeans. I chose this ‘Tweed Loop Back Sweatshirt Jersey Fabric’ in royal blue and black. When I chose it, it was £6.99 per metre, but I noticed yesterday that it’s now in the sale for the bargain price of £2.99 per metre. It’s also wider than your average jersey - 74” wide rather than 60”.

The jersey is lovely and soft. The right side is nice and smooth and a solid royal blue - it is described as having black flecks but I can’t really see them if I’m honest. The reverse side is looped and is a very dark navy blue. It feels really cosy against the skin.

The pattern was so quick to sew. I made the entire top on my overlocker in just over an hour. I’m pleased with the size I chose - it’s the perfect relaxed fit. In these photos I’m wearing a little cami vest top underneath, but there’s definitely room for layering a more substantial top underneath it for when it gets cold.

The only thing I’m not 100% happy with about this top is that I struggled to stretch the neckband the required amount to fit the neckline - which has resulted in a neckband of uneven width. I would make sure I tried a bit harder next time to make it fit more evenly.

Overall I’m pleased with this basic wardrobe addition, and it was nice to have something new and warm and cosy to wear on this cold, wet, miserable morning! Jazzed up with some red lippie and a necklace, I still felt as though I had made an effort!

Thank you to Minerva, as always, for sending me the pattern, the fabric and some thread. Have a great day!