Lately, I have been reaching for more dressier tops. Not something very fancy just not your everyday sweatshirt. Button ups are a great option but they started to feel very redundant. And since the weather was permitting I started to look into patterns.
Usually, I first look at indie designers that I have sewn with their patterns before so I know that they have a good fit for my body or what alterations I need to do. I had some criteria that had to be met but as it turned out there are less than a handful with a long sleeve option! Does everybody live in endless spring-summer weather?! I am really baffled. Or do they expect me to lengthen the sleeve AND draft a placket/closure? Because if I am going that way I am as well draft the whole top myself.
Then Grainline Studio released its new patterns and my eyes were instantly drawn to the Hadley top. It met most, if not all of my criteria, but I still was very, very hesitant to buy the pattern.
First, it was the price tag. Grainline Studio patterns are costly. In my experience they very much deserve their price; it was that I wanted to be sure that I liked the style. And then it was the very deep curve in the front. It literally took months to buy! And 2 days to sew, including printing in A0 format, and making a toile…
I finally understood what all the rage was about!
I had a very hard time taking it off. I highly recommend this pattern.
The fabric I used is a medium weight rayon challis from Minerva crafts and I am glad I still have enough to make the sleeveless view. It’s soft and drapey and lovely in every way. It washes and presses beautifully. The only problem is that it frays like HELL. So, please finish ALL your edges before sewing. And if you want proof of how bad things can go, I dare you to visit my Instagram account.
In the photos above you can see the top dressed down and dressed up. This is by far one of my most loved makes to date!