Grainline Hadley Top: You Can Have It Both Ways

Mairin in the Grainline Hadley Top in Rayon
Mairin in the Grainline Hadley Top in Rayon
The back of the Grainline Hadley in Rayon
The back of the Grainline Hadley Top in Rayon
Front of Kate Wearing the Grainline Hadley Top View B in Linen
Front of Kate Wearing the Grainline Hadley Top View B in Linen
Back of Kate Wearing the Grainline Hadley Top in Floral Linen
Back of Kate Wearing the Grainline Hadley Top in Floral Linen

Grainline Studio Hadley Top #1108 View A & B

We liked this pattern so much, we made it twice! We love the different vibes of both views and all the variations we can try on future tops! We’ll be making this again and again.

Pattern Description

“The Hadley is drapey, fluid, and sophisticated. It’s the semi-formal top that you need to wear to work or to throw on over your jeans for a night out. View A has a jewel neck, a pleat at the back neckline, and bracelet length sleeves. View B is sleeveless and features a soft v-neck (Bonnie would say DEEP v-neck). Both are subtly geometric as the have center seams in the front and back as well as a wide hem. (Bonnie would also mention the hem is longer in the back!)

Techniques involved include sewing straight and curved seams, setting sleeves, darts, pleating, and applying facings.”

Sizing

0 – 18

Review

The instructions are easy to follow! For View A  it is important to observe the drawings of the hem facings for proper application.  There are no coordinating notches for the top & bottom of the band.

Our shop seamstress, Bonnie, likes View A for its combo effect of casual elegance and fun versatility. She wants to make this top again, re-mixing it with different variations (tunic length, 3/4 sleeves, etc.)

Bonnie was a bit shocked with how deep the V-neck is on the tank. Way too low for her! She decided to add a binding to the front, blending it into the back facing and adjusting the darts. Luckily, Bonnie is the queen of making the perfect design adjustments.

Bonnie likes that these tops are longer in the back with wide curved hems. A very flattering design for many figures!

Fabric Used

Hold me close, Tiny Dancer Rayon! We are obsessed with this dusty teal dandelion print.  Seat us on the edge of Elton John’s piano bench, elegantly draped in the long sleeved Hadley.

Or maybe just take us back to summer in the Designer Digitally Printed in Blue & Red Border PrintLinen maybe doesn’t drape with the same sophistication as rayon or cotton but makes for a crisp, semi-structured tank top.  We love border prints for clothing — who can resist a floral ombre?

Conclusion

You can have it all.  Bonnie would love to try the v-neck on View A and vice versa. Albeit her neckline redesign for View B, Bonnie found this pattern all-around to be fun and quick to sew.  Her advice: take your time with the clipping, grading and edge-stitching of facings.

 

    

One thought on “Grainline Hadley Top: You Can Have It Both Ways

  1. Jess says:

    I agree – the v-neck was way too low. I raised it an inch on my first one and will raise it a little more on the next version. Otherwise it’s a great pattern!

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