Spring Sewing with Hand-printed Linen
March 05, 2023

Spring Sewing with Hand-printed Linen

I'm attempting to will Spring into happening (it's been a long PNW winter!) with some garment sewing projects, using our premium hand-printed 100% linen yardage. Manifesting via crafting is definitely a thing.

Last Fall, I spotted the Collage Gather Top from Matchy Matchy Sewing Club. Love at first sight. It's right in my want-that-now zone: a cute shape, just enough technique to keep it interesting, and multi-piece construction that allows for multi-fabric choices. If you're looking for a sewing project, I highly recommend: the pattern is easy to use and very well organized. I especially loved the inclusion of labels for each pattern piece, which I'm certain helped me avoid construction mistakes.

For the warmer months, I decided to make two tops with the minimal View A cuff sleeve, though I may make some with longer sleeves for later in the year.

Portland summers get pretty toasty, so I first opted for a light and cool monochromatic approach: our hand-printed 'Mixta' yardage in Sand colorway. This top is feather-light, dreamy and loose, and I think it'll be just the thing for the hottest days.

Next, a more patchy approach. Inspired by our popular Scrap Packs, I dove into the studio stash of off-cuts and assembled a small group of hand-printed linens: 'Plus 2' in Cream for the main body front and back, accented by 'Figures' in Melon (archived, sadly) and 'Decon Floral' in Seaglass for the shoulders, with 'Windows' in Sunshine for the gathered panels, front and back. A top that's this patchy is a little out of my usual zone, but I think it's going to be a real lift in the hot months.

Our linen yardage is medium-weight, so it works great for creating these special, personal garments, as well as light home projects. Like all linen, these textiles soften beautifully with age and hold up to a lifetime of wear. I can't wait to wear my Collage Gather Tops. And make more.