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How to level up your project photography


We love exploring our hashtags on Instagram to see what you are making with our patterns! With the advancement of cameras on smart phones it is even easier to share professional looking photos. Back in 2016 we shared our photo editing techniques with Karen Templer of Fringe Supply Co. in this great post about how-to edit and improve your project photos.

Karen sheds light on how “a lot of us have discovered that part of the joy of knitting (and the knitting community) is sharing our work, and in discovering the joy of documenting things well”. This sentiment extends to the sewing community as well! It’s exciting to share our creations with others. Especially because on Instagram we are constantly being targeted by ads to buy new clothes. It’s refreshing to see that we, in the sewing community, are  making beautiful lasting garments. 

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Journal Entry

Be our Valentine?!

Happy Valentines day! If you have been following along with us via our newsletter, Instagram or Twitter then you already know that we just moved to a new studio. If not, then (hey!) we are filling you in now.

With moving comes the frantic need for new modes of organization. Finding a place for loose sewing tools has been our life since January! That being said, we created this present for you! And well… for us too 😉

It’s a free printable needle book! Its perfect for storing all of those loose sewing needles that you find at the bottom of bins and drawers. We hope you love it!


Sarah, Lexi and Jen

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Journal Entry

Winter Flurry Sewing Jams

We’ve been busy working on new patterns and all kinds of projects to share with you! These are the tunes we have been listening to while we sew. Enjoy!

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Sew & Tell

Sew and Tell | Morna

Grainline Studio | Archer Button Up

Are all of us up here in the north tired of wearing long sleeves and layering up? I certainly am. This Archer Button Up that Morna made has me re-excited about winter! Which is a very good thing because we still have months to go. I’m loving the chambray, the collar and most of all the hidden button placket! I am going to make this version in white raw silk. It’s going to be so posh! Read on to find out more about her project!

Name Morna

Where can we find you online? Instagram

Link to your post about this project click here!

Which pattern did you use? Archer Button up Shirt

Grainline Studio | Archer Button UpWhat type of fabric or other materials did you use? Lightweight denim from Blackbird fabrics (online). Buttons from King Textiles (Toronto).

Tell us about your project! Sure, this was my third archer. The two sleeveless versions I made back in the summer got a lot of wear so I wanted to make one for my winter wardrobe. I saw this fabric at Blackbird fabrics and thought a denim archer would be a perfect. The main alteration I made was adding a hidden button placket. I gravitate towards subtle details so hidden buttons really appeal to me. I’d made a sleeveless version with a hidden button placket. However, I noticed that sometimes depending on how I was sitting, the placket would open up and expose the buttons. So for this iteration, I added horizontal bar tacks spaced between buttons to hold the placket together and closed. The bar tacks really work! The other alteration was adding to the collar so it extends closer to the center. It was really just a ‘let’s see what this looks like’ kind-of-experiment. I’m really happy with how it turned out! As far as putting it together, I followed the sew along. I probably wouldn’t have ventured into shirt making had it not been for such friendly looking instructions. Thanks for making such a great pattern, Jen! I’ve learned so much from this blog.

Grainline Studio | Archer Button up

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Jen's Handmade Wardrobe

Recent Knitted Garments & Queued Projects

I realized the other day that it’s been forever since I posted my knitting projects! Last year was such a blur for us here at Grainline that I dropped the ball hard on posting any personal projects or things I’d made and I’m really hope to remedy that this year. I love reading about what other people have made, it’s just so inspiring and gets me motivated to get to work on my project list. When I started this blog back in 2009 as my personal project journal I blogged every random thing I made and I sort of miss doing that! Well I miss blogging the things I like at least. Instagram kind of killed project blogging a bit, but I often have more to say than is normal to post on Instagram. That and linking to anything on Instagram is a real pain. Anyway, in that spirit here are my recent knitting projects as well as a few things I’d like to make in 2017!

Moss Socks
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Pattern: BFF by Cookie A
Yarn: Madelinetosh Twist Light

I really went on a sock bender this year completing 6 pairs in 12 months. I wish I was one of those people who could make a pair a month but honestly that would just stress me out. This pair is made with Madelinetosh Twist Light in an amazing green but sadly I lost the tag so I have no idea what it’s called. I used the BFF pattern (still not sick of it!) and omitted the cabling which makes a really great everyday sock. 10 out of 10 stars for how much use these are getting in my handmade wardrobe!

Antique Lace Socks
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Pattern: BFF by Cookie A
Yarn: Madelinetosh Twist Light in Antique Lace

Aaaaaand here we have another pair of BFF socks also knit in Madelinetosh Twist Light. The color here is Antique Lace and guys, it’s gorgeous. The photos don’t really do it justice, though they come pretty close, but it goes with everything in my wardrobe. These get a ton of wear also and are so good with clogs because of the cables. Clogs & socks are severely underrated as a style in my opinion.

Coronal Hat
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Pattern: Coronal by Erica Knits
Yarn: Quince & Co. Chickadee

I took a small break from my sock knitting program this summer to work on this hat for my mom. I bought yarn for a colorwork sweater in June but realized while swatching that I really needed more practice with the technique before starting on it. The Coronal Hat from EricaKnits is perfect for the task. None of the floats are very long and the pattern is super easy to remember making it a perfect learning project for colorwork. I was able to focus on the technique and really work on holding my yarns properly. Highly recommend this one if you’re looking to get into fair isle. Bonus points in that you get a super cute hat when you’re done learning!

Rainbow Socks
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Pattern: none used
Yarn: Toil & Trouble in Opal Fire

This particular pair of socks has a few sisters around the internet. After Camp Workroom Social ’15 Carrie sent a few of us this confetti sock yarn to keep us close after camp was over. With the yarn being so busy I decided to stick with a simple sock instead of my trusty BFF. For this I just cast on 64 stitches, did about an inch of 2×2 ribbing, then went to town and it worked out great!

Malabrigo Socks
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Pattern: none used
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock

This was my last pair of socks in 2016 – a cute striped Malabrigo I picked up at Knit 1 when I was just stopping in for needles. You know how that goes. Anyway I followed the same recipe that I did for the socks above and wear them all the time. The colorway was pretty hard to photograph, but the top photo was closest to accurate.

Currently I have two sweaters in progress, the Martine by Julie Hoover and my Fringe and Friends KAL sweater which I’m knitting for Jon. The Martine just needs sleeves and Jon’s sweater is finally blocking and almost ready for the finishing!

I’m already dreaming up my next projects which will likely include Ondawa finally, and some sort of cardigan. What’s in your knitting queue? Have any of you knit Ondawa already, and if so what yarn did you use? Also, I’ll be knitting many more socks this year, so if you have a favorite sock yarn, fill me in!

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Farrow Dress

Sewing Facings on Narrow Sleeves

If you’ve ever been frustrated when a narrow sleeve doesn’t fit around your sewing machine arm, this post is for you! Nothing groundbreaking here but people have asked so we’re answering.

Sewing Facings on Narrow Sleeves from Grainline Studio on Vimeo.

Hope you found that helpful! Any q’s of course leave them below.

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Farrow Dress

Farrow with No Pockets

In our first Farrow Dress variation we’re going to show you how to omit the pockets on your Farrow. A few people asked why anyone would want a dress without pockets on Instagram and I can think of a few. Little known fact, or maybe not I’m not sure, but I wore a pocketless Farrow for my wedding back in February. I used silk 4-ply silk crepe de chine, omitted the pockets, and lined it with silk charmeuse for that dress. I think that omitting the pockets made the dress a bit more formal and suited to the occasion. When made in thin fine fabrics the pockets can collapse a bit, which I love in rayon but not as much in my wedding dress. In addition to that, if you’re working with a more difficult fabric like the silk crepe de chine used in the sample above, it will definitely be an easier project to omit the pockets.

To begin, you’ll need to draw a line across the pocket stitching lines on both the front bodice and front skirt pieces. This will demarcate the pockets, shown in blue above, from the dress, shown in white.

Trim along the line you drew to separate the pockets from the dress pattern pieces. Discard the pockets.

Add a 1/2″ seam allowance to the diagonal waist seams formed by removing the pockets. You will now assemble the front dress by following the same instructions as the back.

So there you have it, easy as pie! Honestly easier than pie I’d say because I’ve ruined quite a few of those in my time. If you have any questions let us know in the comments below and don’t worry, we’re planning on showing you how to line the dress in a future post.


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Farrow Dress

Farrow Dress Roundup

Now that the Farrow Sew-Along has wrapped up and we’re about to get into a few Farrow Variations we thought it would be fun to showcase a few of your Farrows popping up on social media! By far the best part of every pattern release is seeing the garments popping up on Instagram and the like.

@bella_zilber | @emi_uchida_


@fancyjaime | @besabelle


@needlework_hamilton | @make_something

There are so many amazing dresses it was hard to choose just a few so make sure that you click over to Instagram to check out the full #farrowdress hashtag. Have you tried the Farrow pattern yet?

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Your Favorites are Back in Stock!

We’ve been getting a lot of emails asking when we’d be getting a restock of certain patterns so I wanted to let you all know that the Cascade, Willow, Farrow, Linden, Lark and Stowe paper patterns are now back in stock!

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2016 in Review: Sewing Tutorials + Free Patterns

It’s the time of year to reflect and look back at what we accomplished and process things that we want to change or improve on. Improving my sewing skills is always something on my list of goals for the new year. Making time to accomplish those goals is another thing on my list. Oh time… where do you go? I have so many large projects that I haven’t even begun to tackle. I have come to the conclusion that it’s better to practice sewing with a project that is smaller in scale. So in 2016 we developed an array of free patterns and sewing tutorials to help us all improve our sewing skills. We hope they helped and that you had fun with them!

Grainline Studio | Tutorials

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The first free pattern and tutorial we created was this Bow Tie Tutorial. It makes an adorable gift for pretty much anyone… children, men, women, and pets!

Grainline Studio | Tutorials

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We created this video on how to make thread chains. These are essential for keeping two layers of fabric together when you still need to allow for movement such as a main fabric and a lining. It’s also an excellent technique for tacking down pockets so that they don’t poke out. You will want to use thread chains when sewing The Cascade Duffle Coat and The Driftless Cardigan.

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This tutorial shows you how the professionals get their flat bias necklines and armholes. Our patterns have illustrated instructions on how to do this but, there is nothing like a step by step photo tutorial!

Grainline Studio | Tutorials

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In the spring we posted this cinch pouch tutorial. These little guys make great pouches for just about anything that needs to be organized. I use mine as a make up bag when I  travel and I have a super sized one that I store my yarn collection in. This is a great project for beginner sewers.

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Then in the summer we created this free apron pattern. It’s the perfect pattern to practice making pockets. For even more practice you can improvise and add as many pockets as you like.

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