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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.Hadley Top 10

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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!

~Teri

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10 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!

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    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!

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  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.

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  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.

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    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!

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  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!

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    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!

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  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?

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    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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