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Liberty Linden Sweater Dress in Bruges


Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

Now that winter has returned, I’ve gone back to making Linden Sweatshirts! (Last year’s Lindens are here: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4).

Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

My mom bought me this Liberty fleece from SewBox at the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show in Birmingham during November, as a birthday gift. I didn’t have a particular plan for the fabric but thought I’d make a Linden rather than risk a new pattern with Liberty fabric. I only had one metre of fabric but this fleece is very wide and once I’d laid out the pattern pieces it was clear I had more than was needed for a sweatshirt.

Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

To make the dress I used View A of the Linden Sweatshirt (size 0), and simply extended down the full length of the fabric, shaping in slightly near the hem. I used the Linden View B length sleeves. As with my previous Lindens, I cut the neckline band approximately one size larger to ensure it would lie nice and flat.

Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

Due to the thickness of the fabric, I folded over once at the hem and bottom of the sleeves and sewed two rows of stitching to secure.

Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

These photos were taken during a recent long weekend in Bruges, down a quiet street. In fact the whole of Bruges was quiet like this (making it the perfect blog photo location!) – until Saturday when many more tourists descended. Ignore the creases in these photos, I’d been walking around in the dress all day, and had it screwed up under a coat and scarf – temporarily removed for blog photos.

Linden Sweatshirt Dress in Liberty Fleece

I’ve got another Linden to blog soon, but am planning to try out Paprika Pattern’s Zircon as an alternative sweater / sweater dress next.

Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

26 thoughts on “Liberty Linden Sweater Dress in Bruges

  1. That is just gorgeous! Love that colour on you, and the way you tapered in the hem a bit makes the dress really flattering and stylish! I WANT ONE!

  2. I love the colour and the shape – I just bought Linden – better late than never – and I want to try this!

    • Hope you love the Linden pattern. I keep meaning to try other sweatshirts but know I’ll get a great result with Linden so don’t bother! I am going to try the Paprika Patterns Zircon though, which already has a dress option:)

  3. What a great idea! The hem shaping you’ve added is really nice. Liberty fleece must be so cuddly and warm, the colour is gorgeous 🙂

  4. That is a beautiful fabric – love the colour and the style!

    • Thank you! The Liberty fleeces do have some great prints & colours, I sneakily bought 1/2 metre in a different colour way this week to use as an embellishment on another project.

  5. Oooooo that colour looks amazing on you! I’m not usually a massive fan of liberty prints but that one is gorgeous!
    Looking forward to seeing your Zircon!!

    • The fleece prints are less traditional than some of the Tana Lawns, especially in a nice bright colourway:) I’m looking forward to getting the Zircon underway, I have the pattern printed, ready to go!

  6. Looks great on you – the colour and the style. Love the fingerless mittens too 🙂

  7. Beautiful! The colour is so pretty!

  8. You have made the best out of this wonderful fabric!

  9. First Closet Case Files, now you. I need to buy some Fuchsia fabric! The colour and pattern on that fabric is gorgeous!! and it really suits the shape and simpleness of the Linden dress. The Zircon dress is amazing, I can’t wait to see it sewn up by more people. It’s at the top of the list for patterns I want to buy in 2016.
    I need to get to bruges! Taking photos today was a nightmare, so many people and I felt so self-concious and cold :/

    • Haha you do need a trip to Bruges with a suitcase-full of sewing projects, it was the best for blog photos! I’m hoping to have a Zircon made this weekend – starting with a sweatshirt, and then I’m definitely trying the dress version.

  10. This is so flattering, and that fabric, swoon! You look so cosy, I need one for the cold, windy weather we’re having here today (and it’s supposed to be summer!!).

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