Ditto Fabrics have some really lovely ones and their free sample service has also taught me that no two jersey fabrics are the same and you REALLY need to get samples before committing to buying.
So what's this got to do with my magenta Grainline Linden? Well, I'm looking for sewing patterns for jumpers and cardigans and this pattern is a good possibility for a warm wool jersey. The Linden has what I like, raglan sleeves, not too high neckline, sleeve hems and body hems finished with bands.
The fabric is a medium weight 97% cotton 3% lycra jersey I bought from John Lewis. It's a lovely fabric and was good to work with. I used my overlocker for almost all of this top, only using a twin needle for around the neckline.
I cut the size 12 and didn't make any other alterations to this pattern. Look at how long these sleeves are! And I've got long arms. Next time I'll shorten the sleeves by an inch. Problem solved for this version is to fold back the sleeve bans and you've got the perfect length!
I have over-stretched the neck ban when I was attaching it so it's quite wavy in a few places. You can see this in the photo of the back view. I've pressed and used the twin needle and pressed again but those wavy bits are staying! I think the problem is not helped by the fabric, it's just a bit too firm, I think. Something with even a little bit of drape would have been better.
Yes I'll make it again and use a better fabric for the pattern and will probably make it using some of the wool jersey, when I get around to buying it!
What are you planning for the cooler weather? I've also bought the Grainline Cascade duffle coat pattern too. So many patterns so many ideas...!