Grainline Studio and a new pattern – for me, it’s an equation for sewing happiness. I really enjoy Jen Beeman’s designs and drafting, and her prices are reasonable.
I admit I hesitated to buy it. It’s a very simple design, one that I can duplicate easily from other patterns I have. E.g., the Grainline Scout tee -just add a little swing and bust darts. But, the Willow already has all that, and I do like owning all things Grainline.
Since I really don’t mind the trimming and taping, I got the PDF version. OK, once I decide to try a pattern, I’m also impatient. PDF patterns are so fast! I’m a frequent customer at Sewing Patterns for just that reason – they have an incredible selection of Big 4 and Indie patterns in PDF format.
Back to the Willow – I only wanted the top, which is an easy 15-page tape-up.
|Three rows taped, almost done…|
- I cut the size 10, my usual Grainline size.
- I wanted a cropped top to wear with summer pants and shorts, so I followed Jen’s tutorial for cropping the pattern. I shortened mine by 3.5″.
- The front neckline on this pattern is fairly high – I lowered it by 1/2″.
- The front and back meet at a rather square-ish angle, not the easiest place to apply a bias binding. So I also trimmed the back neckline just enough to relax the curve in this area.
- The armholes were a little high and tight on me – I trimmed 1/2″ at the bottom of the armholes, gradually decreased about midway up the front and back edges.
- The fun stuff – Cotton lawn is pretty sheer, so I added a little detailing with center front and back seams. They’re pressed open and topstitched about 3/8″ away from the seam.
|Fabric – Robert Kaufman Cambridge lawn, purchased at Craftsy.|
|Pants – V9114 Kathryn Brenne pants in cheetah stretch sateen.|
Parting shot – How about a spiny-backed orb weaver. I have lots of these in the yard – their webs are usually stretched between the wall of the house and a tree. Very wide webs, easily 4′ – 5′ across. I don’t mind them, but I really don’t like to get them in my hair!
She’s so pretty (gender is easy to determine – the males have grey abdomens and short, humped spines). AKA the clown-face spider and Florida crab spider…