Linen Knit Jeanne
Linen has been a favorite of sewists (and wearers!) for summer’s demands of easy care and breathability. Often seen only as a woven, linen fibers can be looped together to create a flexy knit fabric that still showcases linen’s inimitable qualities. The linen knits I had been seeing, however, weren’t often fitting the bill for a home-sewing project. The fabric was too sheer, too shiny, or too stretchy.
My Goldilocks whims were unfulfilled until this fabric came along. This is a medium-weight, slightly slubby knit in saturated, rich colors. The rumpled, heavy drape of the fabric is absolute luxury. It’s the perfect material for a dress you would pull from your suitcase on a beach across the world, so you could wear something pajama-like in the sun while trying to trick your body out of jet lag. When looking for patterns, I wanted one that had plenty of ease in order to highlight the fabric’s supple qualities and spectacular drape.
Ready to Sew has recently entranced me and I’ve made a Jimmy, several variations of the Jily, and a Jane. I had also printed and assembled the Jeanne pattern, which includes pieces for a casual tee, a dress with short or long sleeves and a sweatshirt-style top. Lately I’ve been trying to focus my projects on basics that I can easily fit into my wardrobe, even if they seem a little humdrum. In that spirit, I decided to create a classic white t-shirt - but like the fancy kind you could find at Nordstrom.
I cut out a nearly straight size 42, with the only adjustment of lengthening the pieces by two inches. I sometimes just lengthen the pieces as a quick & dirty fitting adjustment for my full bust if I don’t think the fit of the garment really necessitates a more precise FBA. This is such a casual style and I just wanted to ensure that the length of the tee would be good - I’m not particulary tall (5’7”) but I prefer my shirts a little longer.
The shirt sewed up quickly in the time of an afternoon using my serger and I’ve been wearing it weekly. It feels cool enough in the hot hot HOT temperatures we’ve been having, but not flimsy or revealing.
I will definitely be making more Jeannes in the future. I can see myself wearing the sweatshirt style made out the linen knit during the fall as a more sophisticated alternative to a hoodie, and a long-sleeved dress version sewn up in a stiffer knit could be a great addition to fall/winter workwear for me.
Have you ever sewn with linen knit before? What other patterns would be a good fit for this fabric?