Introducing Lynn – Ladies raglan sleeve sweatshirt sewing pattern.

Here it is… Introducing Lynn, a ladies raglan sleeve sweatshirt sewing pattern. The first ladies sewing pattern of the Bobbins & Buttons collection!

This is a classic style, designed to be made in sweatshirt jersey or other jersey fabrics with rib neck, cuff and hem trim. Last week we launched the Theodor kids version of this style. The idea for this style was to offer a classic shape that was available in sizes for the whole family. The Theodor is sized for children aged 1 to 12 years. The Lynn is sized for ladies XS to XXL. The men’s version is coming soon!

There were a number of reasons to produce these patterns. The idea was initially born from my first ‘get to know your overlocker’ class where the men and women who took part were keen to carry on with more projects. This is a great project for making with an overlocker, the whole garment can be made on the overlocker and no other machine. It can also be made with a regular sewing machine. Information for how to do both is included in the pattern.

Other than being a great overlocking project it is also a perfect wardrobe stable. It is a very versatile style. Make a larger loose size in brushed back sweatshirt fabric to throw on after a workout or size down in a lightweight jersey for an every day top.

The petrol blue version at the top of this post has been made in brushed back sweatshirt fabric with matching 500gsm rib. This light blue version is made in stretch velvet with matching 240gsm rib fabric. Both these combinations are available in our online shop in a variety of different colours.

We also stock lots of other great fabrics ideal for making the Lynn or Theodor sweatshirt. French terry is a great option, we stock printed and plain as well as a new range of melange French terry. We have lots of options in lightweight jersey and over 25 ribbing fabrics in two main weights. Many of our French terry and heavier weight brushed back sweatshirt fabric have matching ribs available. You can mix and match or match and match the choice is yours.

The main fabric can be quite a stable knit so other fabrics such as ponte roma and jacquard knits would also work well and offer a different look. I have lots of plans for hacks with this style too. I think it is a perfect blank canvas for decoration and adaptation. I will be sharing some of my ideas here on the blog with tutorials.

Lynn is being modeled here by the real Lynn. When I first started publishing patterns I decided to name the patterns after people who have inspired me. I wanted to include people who have inspired me from famous to non- famous and inspirations big and small. All inspirations are inspirations! All the patterns come with a small write up about the person who the pattern is named after.

The Lynn inspiration is twofold. Lynn is my longest standing sewing class customer. When Lynn first came she had no experience making clothes but very exacting standards of how she wanted her clothes to be. To start with she didn’t always find the skills easy. Over time she has built up her skills. Lynn can now insert a killer invisible zip and make an awesome edge to edge jacket. She can definitely boast some great skills and a largely handmade wardrobe.  Her determination to stick with it has always impressed me. Her exacting standards has sometimes meant she has to unpick something that might look great to the rest of us but won’t do for Lynn. She has worked hard to achieve the results she wants. Its been wonderful to watch her journey over several years.

The second side of the inspiration is having long standing customers like Lynn.  Which in turn has given me the inspiration and motivation to carry on. I am sure any small business owner will tell you about the ups and downs and self doubt of running a small business. The hard times when you are not sure what or why you are doing it! To have customers and followers that come back time and again is another sort of inspiration. At the end of the day a small business is nothing without customers. So thank you Lynn and all my other lovely regular customers.

I hope you enjoy the pattern, it is available in both paper and pdf form. If you feel like sharing your makes on social media we would love to see them. Don’t forget to tag us or use #releaseyourhandmade so we can find you.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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