Farrow Dress

Introducing the Farrow Dress

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

After a few days of teasing over on Instagram I’m happy to reveal our newest pattern, the Farrow Dress! This dress really is one of my favorites and since we wrapped it up in the spring, I’ve gotten a ton of wear out of mine already. It really is one of my favorite patterns we’ve ever designed! So without further ado let me walk you through the Farrow.

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

The A-line shape of the Farrow is one of my favorite parts about it, it’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love that just by changing the fabrics from one with more body, like the Liberty Lantana print above, to one with less body and more drape, like the handkerchief linen below, you can change the silhouette of the dress. I’ve personally made Farrows out of linen, wool, cotton, wool/cotton blends, silk charmeuse, 4-ply silk, and silk charmeuse and each one really becomes it’s own version of the dress.

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

There are two views included with the Farrow, View A which is sleeveless, and View B which has slim bracelet length sleeves. We worked quite hard to make sure the dress has ample movement in the arms, nothing is worse than making a pattern that looks great, but you can’t move your arms more than a few inches. Obviously a woven will never have quite the range of motion as a knit, but you’ll find you’ll be able to reach around with no trouble here.

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

The Farrow features flattering diagonal style lines and center front and back seams to add visual interest to the dress as well as allow for pockets. You could also get creative and mix and match fabrics creating a color blocked version.

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

You can see the construction a bit better in these flat images. The front diagonal features inseam pockets, but we wanted to make sure they were functional without destroying the silhouette of the dress. To make this a reality the pockets are anchored to the center front and side seams which keeps them, and the front of the dress, from collapsing under weight.

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

The back of the dress is slightly longer than the front to frame the legs nicely. The Farrow closes at the back neck with a hook and eye or button, whichever you prefer. We’ve already got gold metallic linen version planned with sparkly buttons at the top back for our holiday parties!

The Farrow Dress | Grainline Studio

 

We will have a full sew-along for the Farrow starting in a few weeks, just as soon as we do a few posts on the Tamarack Jacket so watch this space for more info on that. In the meantime we’ll have inspiration and swatch posts for you later this week.

You can purchase your copy of the Farrow Dress pattern here or at one of our wonderful retailers near you! We hope you enjoy this new pattern!

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Journal Entry

It’s Election Day!

Election Day | Grainline Studio

It’s time for my biennial post about Election Day here in the United States! As you well know if you’ve been reading for a while, I love voting and have never missed an election. I’m 2 for 4 Presidentially and am hoping to make it 3 for 5 tonight! I voted early in Cook County this year but we don’t get stickers, and I had partisan nails, so enjoy this photo from the Midterm Elections 2 years ago.

If you aren’t sure where your polling place is, Google has a good lookup here that also includes ID Requirements for your state, whether or not your state offers election day registration, and poll hours. It’s always a good idea to vote all the way down the ballot and not just for the presidential race as the state and local elections are usually where you’ll see change that affects you on a day to day basis. If you need more information on who’s running down ballot, check out Ballot Ready for a full explanation and comparison of experience of the candidates and referendums, and add them to your ballot which you can pull up on your phone at your polling place. Pretty handy!

I’ll be spending the evening getting ready for our new pattern launch tomorrow, eating pizza, and watching the returns roll in. Now get out there and vote & we’ll see you back here tomorrow with a new president and a new pattern!

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Journal Entry

Making Fall Issue

Making Magazine | Grainline Studio

Have you guys heard of Making, the new magazine from Carrie Bostick Hoge of Madder? You may have seen the first issue, Flora, making waves on the internet this spring. Well it’s time for the fall issue, Fauna, and I’m super excited to share that we have a project in this issue, the little stuffed squirrel above!

Making Magazine | Grainline Studio

Arctic Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge

I can’t wait for my issue to arrive, there are so many amazing sewing and knitting projects (and some recipes) tucked into this issue by some of my favorite crafters!

Making Magazine | Grainline Studio

Fox Tooth Fairy Pillow by Sanae Ishida

How cute is this little fox pillow? I’ll definitely be making this for my nephew. He’s got a few years till it’s time to lose the baby teeth but my to make list is long enough that if I add it now I’ll have it made just in time!

Making Magazine | Grainline Studio

Camellia Tank by Karen Templer

Fauna’s release date is Nov. 15th and you can pre-order till then via the Making website to make sure you get a copy. After the 15th you can check your local yarn shop or order directly through the Making site. If you’re interested don’t wait…the last copy sold out quick and unlike sewing patterns, there are no reprints on this!

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Tamarack Jacket

Quilting your Tamarack

Quilting Tips for the Tamarack Jacket | Grainline Studio

We’re going to have a Tamarack week coming up starting Nov. 14th, with posts about inserting your welt pockets, applying bias binding, setting snaps, and more. In the meantime I wanted to draw your attention to this post we published last fall when the PDF came out where we talk about multiple ways to quilt your Tamarack jacket in case you want to get started before then. If there’s anything else you’d like to see added to our Tamarack week let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!

View the original Quilting Tips for the Tamarack Jacket post here!

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Tamarack Jacket

Tamarack Swatches

The Tamarack Jacket is one of my favorite Grainline Patterns. It’s quilted so there is a lot of room to be creative. I found these amazing fabrics that are perfect for the Tamarack. I am drawn to classic, versatile and ultimately timeless pieces but I also really love surface design. For outerwear I tend to pick solid colors because it’s easier to match with my outfit. The Tamarack is awesome because you can have the best of both worlds. You can have a solid outer fabric and have so much fun with pattern on the inside of the jacket. I love all of these options and each one would be really fantastic for both the inside and outside.

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The top row are all options for the outside of your Jacket and the bottom row has options for the inside.

Grainline Studio | Tamarack Jacket

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I love old army jackets, I have Lindsay Weir’s look in mind from Freaks and Geeks. They are really cute in the fall.Grainline Studio | Tamarack Jacket

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Here are some lovely pre- quilted options if you want to go that route and save time.

Hope these swatches inspire you and give you some direction in choosing your fabrics!

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Tamarack Jacket

Tamarack Inspiration

It’s the time of year… when you leave the house and wish you could just wear your quilt out and stay cozy all day. The Tamarack Jacket can help you out with that! It’s a warm and stylish quilted coat that is perfect for fall. Here is some inspiration we found that has us excited to make our own!

Tamarack Inspiration | Grainline Studio

If you’re looking to keep your Tamarack classic and neat choose a solid fabric with a similarly colored lining. This lets your quilting – and the rest of your outfit – shine!

Tamarack Inspiration | Grainline Studio

Prints and patterns work great for the Tamarack. Have a really great yarn dyed fabric, quilting cotton, or lightweight cotton canvas? This pattern lets the fabric shine and adds a pop of fun to a dreary fall day.

Tamarack Inspiration | Grainline Studio

Are you a quilter looking to take your craft out of the house (or bedroom, where ALL of our quilts end up no matter where they were meant for) for the world to see? You can easily piece the top layers of fabric with any pattern and colors you choose! Bonus, you can use up scraps from other projects this way!

Tamarack Inspiration | Grainline Studio

Want the look of a pieced jacket but not into quilting? Find an old quilt and cut your pieces from it! The two jackets above are actually cut from vintage quilts which is such a cool idea for one you’d like to show off!

Hope you’re feeling inspired and ready to shop for fabrics. We’ll be back tomorrow with some swatch suggestions! In the meantime, what sort of Tamarack are you planning?

All images are from our Tamarack Inspiration board on Pinterest

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Tamarack Jacket in Print

Tamarack Jacket | Grainline Studio

I’m excited to let you guys know that as of today the Tamarack Jacket is now available in print, and it’s been updated to include a snap (or button if you’re into that) placket! We originally released this pattern last fall but the response was overwhelming in favor of printing this one, as well as adding an additional closure option, so we listened and here she is! You can purchase via our shop here, or check your local shop as we did pre-sale this pattern.

Tamarack Jacket | Grainline Studio

A bit about the design & fit of the Tamarack, it was drafted with fall sweater wearing in mind. The dropped shoulders and armholes allow for the often bulky arms of sweaters to fit nicely without bunching, while still maintaining a slim fit through the sleeves.

The Tamarack is finished with bias binding and uses a really smart corner technique borrowed from quilting that I think you’ll enjoy. Finishing the jacket with binding cuts down on both time and bulk – since the quilting of the jacket takes the longest we wanted to make sure the construction of the actual coat was straightforward and easy. I also like the way binding looks better than sewing the coat wrong sides out and flipping it. It can be hard to press perfectly along the seam line so using binding just keeps everything nice and neat.

Tamarack Jacket | Grainline Studio

The welt pockets are another part I find quite nice. The opening of the pocket is perfectly sized for your hand but the interior pocket is quite roomy allowing plenty of room for a smart phone, keys, etc. I hate when pockets don’t fit my phone and keys since they rarely make it to my bag so this was a must.

You can read our original release post from last year here for more information on the pattern, or purchase the pattern here!

Note: If you previously purchased the Tamarack PDF, don’t worry. You can download the updated version by following the link in your original purchase email. If you no longer have that email keep an eye on your inbox. We’ll be sending out the update to the email address you originally purchased with in batches throughout the day.

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News

Back in Stock – Lark, Willow & Portside

Back in Stock | Grainline Studio

Just a heads up that the Willow, Lark and Portside printed patterns are back in stock in the shop!

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Journal Entry

Fall Style Inspiration | Lexi

My favorite season of the year is here! With the cooler temps, I can snuggle in layers and pull on tights, socks, and boots. I have amassed an intense collection of tights that touches every color of the rainbow, which I wear to add interest to any outfit. This fall I’m drawn towards musty dusty 70’s colors like golds, browns, and maroons, mixed with lighter feminine colors like pinks and lilacs.

Grainline Studio | Fall Inspiration

These colors will serve as inspiration as I source for fabrics to use for my handmade fall wardrobe. Like my compadres have previously expressed, I would like to bulk up my repertoire with some fun Grainline staples. I’m thinking a cozy Linden Sweatshirt made out of this amazing furry knit I acquired from a fabric swap. Jen and I are imagining lengthening the Scout Tee or Lark Tee to make a dreamy velvety shirt dress.

Grainline Studio | Fall Inspiration

Dresses are my favorite garment for fall and I would love to make a view B Alder Shirtdress in a cute print to pair with tights and boots. My favorite boots to wear in the fall are Frye harness boots. I have them in black and brown and wear them almost every day.

Sweater weather is the best weather, therefore I am making the Driftless Cardigan for an A+ layering piece. Fall is a great time to be playful with color. I thought it would be interesting to color block my Driftless Cardigan. I don’t wear jewelry very often. I tie my outfits together by accessorizing with scarves and belts. My all time favorite is this lion belt that I stole from my mom’s costume bin.

Grainline Studio | Fall Inspiration

The end for now. Stay tuned for my wardrobe updates throughout the fall!!!

All Images are from our Fall / Winter 2016 Pinterest board here

 

 

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