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Athina`s Making a Linden… dress

For the last couple of months I’ve been obsessed with hacking top patterns into dresses! As much as I love a cozy top with jeans, I rarely wear trousers in the house and if you run into me on the street 9/10 times I’ll be wearing a dress! Jersey and knit dresses are my go-to uniforms in the cold weather and so for my second Sewalicious Blog Post I decided to show you one of my hacks.

I’m sure you all know the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline studio. It’s one of the most popular patterns for a raglan sweater and if you haven’t made one yet, I strongly suggest you try it! Hacking this pattern into a dress wasn’t a difficult task. What you basically have to do is hold the front bodice piece in front of you and figure out how much length you want to add (measure from the original hem to where you want the dress’s hem to hit you. Make sure you subtract a few centimeters because this dress has a hem band and it will add extra length). You will have to add the same amount of extra length to both the front and the back bodice pieces. Also, something very important is that if you have slightly larger hips –or your hips are the largest part of your body- you will have to make a few alterations to accommodate them. Hold the front bodice piece in front of you and mark where your natural waist is on the pattern piece. Then mark where the largest part of your hips is. Connect these two marks with a slightly curved line and you are done! I have relatively small hips so I didn’t have to do any extra alterations other than adding extra length to the pattern.

As for my fabric choice, I used this fabulous and very unusual knit fabric from Sewalicious. It is so soft and nice to wear, plus everyone thinks that I knitted the dress myself! The only problem I had with it is that my overlocker hated it! I have a very cheap overlocker who is rubbish at stitching thicker fabrics. I made the entire dress on it and it was fine when I was only stitching right at the very edge. The minute I wanted it to cut the fabric at the same time, it jammed! I broke two needles and I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown but I somehow managed to finish this dress!

I tried to be a good girl and pattern match the seams! I think I did pretty well except for a line on the

Which is now driving me crazy when I look at it (OCD alert!). Other than that, this is the perfect cozy dress for me, especially because I work from home. It’s not very fitted, so it’s easy to throw on in the morning, it’s warm and nice!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this hack! I hope you like it, too!

Xxx Athina

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Looks great Athina! Super cozy and warm and I love the hack, I have this pattern so might have to try this out! X x
Guest replied on 25/01/2018 19:35
Holly x
Looks lovely! This fabric is gorgeous. It really suits you xx
Love! Linden is one of my fav patterns so will def be trying this hack dress version - thanks for the 'how to' guide.  Pictures are gorgeous - super snuggly xx
Gorgeous.  Thinking I might make one for my upcoming winter holiday.  Can just picture myself sitting in a cosy armchair in front of a log fire wearing this :)
Good idea as love this pattern. Thanks for sharing.x