Hadley Top

Hello! I recently made my first (of what will probably be many!) Grainline Studio Hadley top and I’m excited to show it off! I have to admit that I wasn’t sure the Hadley was for me when the pattern was released. It took me a little while to warm up to this pattern but eventually I fell in love.

Sometimes it takes seeing a pattern on a few different people or sewn up in a few different fabrics before a pattern really speaks to me. I loved this version from Jess of La Mercerie and then every single one that was made for Hadley week on the Imagine Gnats blog.

This fabric is the very first piece of Nani Iro double gauze I ever bought. (The first of only two! Now that I’ve used them both maybe it’s time to buy more.) I ordered it 3 years ago when I was at the tail end of my pregnancy with Caroline. I had plans to make it into a Gallery Tunic but that never happened. It seemed like the perfect fabric to use for a casual Hadley top. I made a muslin before I cut into my precious fabric and I’m glad I did.

I was concerned about the sleeves being too slim for me and I know the darts are usually too low for me on Grainline patterns. After my first muslin, I cut new sleeves with a 1″ full biceps adjustment. The fit was good, but I had a bunch of weird drag lines on my sleeves that concerned me. I tried a few different things to improve the fit of the sleeves but nothing seemed to make any difference. Eventually, I ran out of muslin and I gave up.

Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to just cut into the double gauze and hope for the best with the sleeves. I figured that worst-case scenario, I could leave off the sleeves and make the sleeveless version. I basted them on and magically the fit was fine in my real fabric. I was sooooo happy when I tried in on and all those lines were gone. I guess it was just the stiffness of the muslin throwing off the fit.

I made my usual Grainline size 10 graded to a 14. I did the 1″ full biceps adjustment, raised the darts by 5/8″, and I cut both the front and back pieces on the fold. If I had been using a solid color fabric I would have added the center front and center back seams but I didn’t want to break up the print (or use the extra fabric to match up the print at those seams.) The top slips on easily over my head so I didn’t need the closure at the back neck. I also sewed down the neck facing. I knew the facing would drive me crazy if I left it free.

The fit of this top is so nice. I love the a-line shape, the slight high/low hem, and the bracelet length sleeves. Oh, I had to remove 2.5″ of length from the sleeves to get them to this bracelet length. The sleeves were definitely full length on me in my first muslin! I am eager to make the view with the pleat in the back– I love that extra little bit of drama. I have a rayon crepe that I think will be perfect for that view.

This is a great top for wearing with jeans but would also look great with trousers or a pencil skirt. I find it to be as comfortable as wearing a t-shirt but looks a little more dressed up. My fabric has a bit of metallic silver in the print, which I just love. I’m so glad I had it waiting in my stash for this pattern to come along!



12 thoughts on “Hadley Top

  1. I wasn’t into this design either, but after reading this post, I am certainly considering it. This is a lovely top, Teri! I can see endless versions of this, and I wonder what it would look like in merino wool for winter? I may have to ponder that! I, too, am a pear, and it is difficult to find tops that don’t “hang up” on my hips, especially in the rear. 😉 I find myself constantly pulling them down, and it is really annoying. The version with the back pleat certainly looks like it would resolve that problem!


    1. Thanks, Becky! It’s a great silhouette for us pears with the swingy shape and lower back hemline. The v-neck in the pattern is too low for me, but I might try to raise it. I know I’ll be making the sleeveless version for Summer. I see myself getting a lot of use from this pattern!


  2. I love your top. Great job. I’m like you in that I need to see a pattern in different fabrics and on different people before I know for sure that I want to make it for myself. Keep up your good work.


    1. Thank you, Jeanette! It’s helpful to see patterns on other real people (non-models) to get a feel for the fit. I’m glad I gave this one a try and I can’t wait to make another!


  3. I too love your top! (From another Grainline fan 🙂 ) I don’t have this pattern either but I think yours is my favourite in this beautiful double gauze. I fell in love with double gauze too last year when I used it to make a Tessuti Pia dress which turned out so nice and comfortable as heck to wear in the summer.


    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I bet your Pia dress is amazing in double gauze. I have a Fen dress made in double gauze and it’s one of my favorites to wear throughout the whole year. I feel like it’s one of those magic fabrics that is warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer. I would love to make this same top in solid black double gauze— I think I would wear that all the time!


  4. I was so happy to see your pretty new Hadley! I just bought this pattern, thinking I just liked the V-neck sleeveless view for summer. I DO like this view after all, and I’m so glad -two views to make now!


    1. Thanks, Lodi! I love the shape of the v-neck but it’s too low for me. I think I’ll try to raise it some and make the sleeveless v-neck for Summer, too. I know I’ll make a lot of different combinations from the options in the pattern!


  5. This is just beautiful Teri and it looks like a top that is also so wearable. Great job! I hadn’t really considered making this pattern but I love your version. The fabric is absolutely perfect! Isn’t that great when you find the perfect pattern for that special fabric you’ve been saving?


    1. Thanks, Julie! It really is wearable— sometimes woven tops like this feel restrictive but I can really move around in it. I am trying to shrink my “fabric collection” a bit, but it is nice to have some really good fabrics stashed away for when inspiration strikes!


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