Hey there friends! I'm sharing a post over on the Imagine Gnats Blog today with comparison of the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio in four different knit fabrics. Choosing knit fabrics online is something I've struggled with in the past because I'm such a tactile person, and since the lighting, a garments style lines, and the models body all have an impact on how the fabric looks, comparing fabrics and choosing the best for a given project can be intimidating. I sewed these four Lindens as a sort of experiment- with the same pattern (The Linden Sweatshirt), the same lighting, and my body as the controls. This allows you to compare without any variance in style lines and see how that weight/drape really affects a finished garment. Click over to the Imagine Gnats blog to read all about the different fabrics, how they handled, how they affect the look of the Linden, and also get some pattern recommendations to use each fabric for.
Which brings me to this post- I've mentioned once or twice that I'm working toward the idea of a capsule wardrobe- a small, coordinated wardrobe of well-made pieces that fit me perfectly. Part of making the most of a small wardrobe is learning how to style things differently, so here I'm sharing how I styled my four Lindens to get the most out of one pattern.
I'm anything but a fashion blogger- I'm a stay at home mom of 3 small kids who doesn't pay much attention to the runway. My style leans super casual, so while I'm a far cry from "fashionable" I figured I'd share my un-fashion blogger styling for other "super casual stay at home mom" types who also have lots of really important things to dress up for, like me :)
Each outfit is a Linden and jeans (because I'm all jeans all the time these days) so all that changes are the accessories, which are all kid friendly as well. But really, it was jeans or holey yoga pants. I haven't really tackled the "bottoms" portion of my wardrobe yet.
First is this grey sweater knit Linden. It's oh-so-comfy and a perfect spring piece since its a nice thin knit. A lightweight infinity scarf (from the Target dollar spot cause I'm classy) and my black leather Sperry tennies (*similar to these, but leather not canvas) make this a pulled together look for doing... whatever it is that I do all day. Errands, school drop off, doctor appointments, and pb&j making.
This wool french terry version might just be my favorite. It looks crisper than the others and yet is so cozy. Paired with my camel colored *Sam Edelman booties and a Madre Beads necklace (perfect for babies to tug or chew!), this is my "dressed up" mom look. You know, for play dates at Chick fil a and times when I need to impress other moms.
Fun fact: I didn't know olive was a good color on me until I designed my personal color palette, and this shirt totally proved it. This cotton lawn infinity scarf sewn in a retro floral print from JoAnn fabric ages ago and *my favorite booties (again) finish this one off. It's equally appropriate for spring or fall as the colors can go either way!
And my most likely combination on any given day- the sweatshirt fleece Linden with *Sperry's and my *incognito diaper bag/backpack. This sweatshirt fleece is some of my favorite yet! It comes in three color ways so I'm thinking I'll sew a hoodie in the fall!
So there you have it. Super casual mom styling of four Linden sweatshirts- all kid friendly and wearable, but a step up from leggings and fuzzy slippers.
I'd love to hear- what are your favorite versatile patterns for styling? Do you get inspiration from casual styling like this or do you prefer to dress up more?