Journal Entry

Blog Goals: Posting Finished Projects

Unblogged Things I've Made | Grainline Studio

A Selection of Unblogged Things I’ve Made Pulled From my Instagram Account

I had a realization the other day, I’ve only done 3 finished project posts this year, and they’ve all been knitting. I’ve never been one to post every single thing I’ve made, but I used to do one or two a month and I’ve realized two things over the past 6 months of almost no finished garment posts. One, that I miss posting them if even just as a record of what I’ve made with details on that particular project and two, the longer you don’t post the harder it is to start back up.

I think there are a few reasons why I haven’t posted as much, the first being Instagram, where all the above photos are pulled from (@grainlinestudio). Sometimes I think if I’ve posted either a progress sewing or a mirror shot to Instagram than it’s not worth double posting back to the blog. Now that I’m typing this out I don’t actually think this is the most sound logic, especially on those in progress shots. The other reason is that as this microscopic business has grown into a small business I’ve become much busier and posting finished garments can seem a bit self-indulgent. Shouldn’t I be tending to my quickbooks or working on invoicing? Those patterns aren’t going to finish themselves & quarterly taxes are due soon!

Kendra and I recently had a good conversation about how it’s important to sew for fun when we can (and sometimes to even post about it!) because that’s basically what this business is all about! I don’t want to lose the heart of what I’m doing because I’m stuck behind the computer doing one thing or another. The week before we left on vacation we both just took the week to come in to work and sew whatever we wanted, on the clock. It was such a refreshing experience to just make a small list of things to make or finish and, with the exception of emails, sit down and do it.

So where am I going with all this? I’m setting myself a new blog goal to sew for fun and sometimes post about it! Gillan just sent me the best tweet right now while I’m typing out this post, “Play dress up with Kendra and photograph each other on the way to get ice cream!” That girl always knows what’s up, guess that’s why she’s always dishing out the sewing dares.

Have guys have any recent blog goals or struggled with posting your finished garments even when you want to? Fill me in!!

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Sew & Tell

Sew & Tell | Katie of What Katie Sews

Sew & Tell Katie of What Katie Sews| Grainline Studio

Sew & Tell Katie of What Katie Sews | Grainline Studio

We love what Katie did with the Morris pattern. She changed it up to make an awesome staple piece for her wardrobe, that can be worn fall, winter, and spring. We love pieces like that! We were excited to read more about what Katie did, because we could really used a blazer like this and we bet you could too!

Name   Katie Marcus

Where can we find you online?   What Katie Sews

Link to your post about this project   Boyfriend Morris

Which pattern did you use?   Morris Blazer

What type of fabric or other materials did you use?

I’m not completely sure what the fabric is. It’s knitted, approximately ponte weight, and has black and white yarns to give a heathered grey effect. I bought it from Cloth House in Soho, London.

Sew & Tell Katie of What Katie Sews | Grainline Studio

Tell us about your project!

I was really excited when the Morris was released and bought the PDF pretty quickly. I decided I wanted more of a slouchy boyfriend silhouette so added 2 inches to the length of both the body and the sleeves using the lengthen/shorten lines. Besides that, I cut a 6 across the shoulders grading to a 10 at the hem.

Sewing it up was quick and fun. I used a mix of serger and straight stitch on my normal machine. While the blazer is unlined, the instructions cover how to get a nice clean finish inside. To break up the longer expanse of front given by the extra length, I added some mini welt pockets right at the end.

This jacket seems to throw on over everything and suit most weathers. I love how it turned out! In the future I’d like to sew the pattern exactly as it’s designed and in a stretch woven rather than knit for a more formal spin on the pattern.

 

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Inspiration

Pattern Inspiration on Pinterest

Pattern Inspiration on Pinterest | Grainline Studio

Lately I’ve been wanting to make some new versions of some of the patterns I haven’t had time to work with much. It’s always so fun to me to reinvent a pattern whether it’s with an unexpected fabric or by making small adjustments to add new details. I’ve started an inspiration board for each of the Grainline Studio patterns on Pinterest to keep track of some fun potential variations I’ve seen around and thought I’d share in case anyone else likes doing this as much as I do!

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Journal Entry

New Studio Workspace Tour

Old Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

If you’re following along on Instagram (@grainlinestudio) you may be aware that on May 1st Grainline Studio moved from our third floor workspace to on the first floor of our building. I never ended up posting a studio tour of the original space on the third floor despite the fact that I kept planning to, but you can see most of it in the photo above. It was an amazing space to move out of my apartment living room into – it was the same square footage as my entire apartment with amazing light and windows – but with all that was happening business wise we ended up growing out of it more quickly than I had imagined we would. I was dreaming of a larger space but with nothing open in the building was pretty resigned that I’d need to make it work for another year.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

Then in a rather sudden turn of events I came into work one day and ran into the building manager on my way upstairs who told me a new space had opened and if I wanted it he would need to know by the next morning. That lead me on a very intense 24 hour decision making process which ended up in us relocating downstairs. I’m SO glad we did, we now have three sewing stations, actual desks, an area up front for photos, and a large shipping and pattern storage area in back. Things are functioning so much more efficiently now it’s hard to believe that we were making the old space work as well as we were. I figured I’d snap a few photos and give you guys a little tour before we move again. Just kidding, we’re not moving for a while – it’s too exhausting!

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

We have three sewing stations, one with my machine, one with Kendra’s machine, and one with the serger and cover stitch machine. Previously we were rotating the serger, cover stitch, and Kendra’s machine out on one table and it was a logistical nightmare. I’m also super excited about the basket drawers next to Kendra’s machine, we’re currently keeping the supplies and samples for each upcoming in-progress pattern or project in its own basket which has helped us cut down on random things all over the place. I know a lot of people say creatives work best in a mess but that is 100% not true for me.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

Our desks are back to back which makes really efficient use of the space although Kendra has to stare at the back of my computer screen all day long. Could be worse. It is nice that we have room for separate desks because, in my opinion, people need their own space to chill out and collect their thoughts while they’re working.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

We have a little bit of a plant problem at Grainline which resulted in this front corner plant station. We’re currently keeping the front third of the studio open for photos so the plants fit in perfectly here. So far they’ve adapted to the new space beautifully and are loving the bright dappled sunlight which is great because we were definitely worried about them! We also keep our rolls of paper up front and out of the way while we’re working. The dress form is an old Wolf form I inherited which mainly serves as a hanger and place to keep the scissors and measuring tape since we don’t use it for fitting.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

I was lucky to find that these IKEA tables are about the same height as my Horn sewing cabinet which is nice when I’m sewing long or oversized things. We also have a few of these ubiquitous IKEA drawer units, but they’re so handy for storing small sewing accessories, supplies, and notions! We actually need to order more thread holders, especially for the cones – we go through a lot of it with the serger & cover stitch!

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

We run on military time over at work…or at least my computer does.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

Books, notebooks, loons, things to be filed, and more plants.

New Studio Workspace | Grainline Studio

One nice change that happened around the time of the move, but not because of it, is that we finally got an industrial iron and retired the leaky Rowenta I’d been using for years. When your iron is on 4-5 days a week all day it’s not a bad idea to get a heavy duty one. I also love the weight of it – the home iron always felt so flimsy after using these at school and work for so long.

Not shown in this tour is our industrial pattern table which is in the first photo of the old space as well as our shipping & pattern storage, and kitchenette. Those are kind of boring jumbles of industrial furniture and cardboard boxes so if you’ve ever looked in a Uline catalog, you know what it looks like, ha! I’d like to add another section of the cutting table and an industrial machine in the future but for now I’m so over unpacking and assembling furniture which means they’ll have to wait.

Hope you enjoyed our workspace tour!

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Journal Entry

Maritime Journal Posts

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Introducing the Maritime Shorts

Just like we did for the Lakeside, I want to point you in the direction of some older Maritime Shorts posts you may find interesting. The above post is the first post we did when introducing the new pattern.

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Concave & Convex Curves

A lot of people have a hard time when sewing the two pocket pieces together on these shorts because the cut edge of the two pieces are different lengths. This post explains why that doesn’t matter it’s the seam lines you want to be the same length!

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Sewing Tutorial | Inserting a Fly Front Zipper

In this post we walk you through the steps of inserting a fly front zipper with full color photos. All the steps are the same as in the illustrated instructions but sometimes it helps to see actual photos.

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Denim Maritime Shorts Variation

This post is a style variation on the original shorts pattern which I explain how to do in the following two posts.

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Pattern Tutorial | Maritime Shorts Variation

Grainline Studio | Maritime Journal Posts

Original Post | Sewing Tutorial | Maritime Shorts Variation

That’s it, hope you’ve found these posts interesting or helpful!

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Uncategorized

Lakeside Journal Posts

Lakeside Pajama Post Roundup | Grainline Studio

Original Post | New Pattern, Lakeside Pajamas!

Since we now have the Lakeside Pajamas in print I wanted to do a little roundup of our previous Lakeside posts on the blog since some of them happened quite a while ago. So without further ado, here they are!

Lakeside Pajamas | Grainline Studio

Original Post | My Lakeside Pajamas

First up is a little bit of Lakeside inspiration with my original pair of pajamas made for the pattern release. I used an amazing Derek Lam cotton that has the most comfortable drape and feel. I know a lot of you guys bought this fabric also back when it was available so you know what I’m talking about!

Sewing Tutorial | Lakeside Pajamas Bias Binding | Grainline Studio

Original Post | Sewing Tutorial | Lakeside Pajama Shorts Binding

The trickiest thing about the Lakeside is the binding on the shorts, but if you find that intimidating we have a great step-by-step photo tutorial to guide you through.

Pajama Party | Grainline Studio

Original Post | Pajama Party

If you’re looking for more Lakeside inspiration this is the post that started it all. Back when I used to do handmade seasonal wardrobes I made these two sets of pajamas. They’re a bit different than the current pattern, the main difference being that the tops pictured above don’t have bust darts, but they’re very similar.

Hope that gives you an easy guided tour through our past Lakeside Pajama posts!

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News

Grainline Studio Shipping Update

Grainline Studio Vacation

Have a great holiday weekend to those of you having one. See you next week!!

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News

New in the Shop

New Printed Patterns | Grainline Studio

I’m excited to announce that we finally have the Maritime Shorts and Lakeside Pajamas in print! In addition to that the Alder and Scout printed patterns are now back in stock. In addition to the new patterns we’ve created a few summer pattern bundles which will give you the option of picking up a few wardrobe builders at a bit of a discount (10-20%).

I’ll have a roundup of all Lakeside and Maritime posts later in the week for a bit of inspiration in case you’re new to these parts or missed them over the past few years!

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Sew & Tell

Sew & Tell | Kelly of Cut Cut Sew

Sew & Tell Kelly of Cut Cut Sew | Grainline Studio

Sew & Tell Kelly of Cut Cut Sew

We always love seeing what Kelly does with the Grainline patterns. Her garments are always perfectly finished, she has a great eye for fabric, and her blog is so fun to read! We were floored when we saw this blazer. We love the color, fabric, and the fit. It’s a great piece and we had to find out what Kelly had to say about it!

Name   Kelly Costas

Where can we find you online?   Cut Cut Sew

Link to your post about this project   Twill Morris Blazer

Which pattern did you use?   Morris Blazer

What type of fabric or other materials did you use?

I used a really nice stretch cotton twill from Mood Fabrics that has been in my stash for a while. I had used it previously for a jacket and loved it so much that I bought another couple of yards…I am tempted to get more but I think it would be a little weird if I make my entire wardrobe out of the same fabric!

Sew & Tell Kelly of Cut Cut Sew | Grainline Studio

Tell us about your project!

I have been patiently waiting for the Morris pattern to come out, and couldn’t wait to sew it up! I made my usual Grainline size (2) and didn’t make any changes to the pattern. I enjoyed the whole process- it is really fun and quick to sew, doesn’t use a lot of fabric, and the result is so wearable. Mostly I have been throwing it on over a t-shirt or tank with jeans, and it just makes me feel so cool! I recently bought some stretch wool suiting for a basic black version, and I have a really cool shibori-type print stretch cotton sateen for another…I think it’s safe to say there will be quite a few more Morris blazers in my closet soon! Thanks for such a great pattern Jen!

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Morris Sew Along

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

We’re now onto the last step of our Morris Blazers, attaching the sleeve facings. To begin, sew the edges of each facing together, press the seams open, and grade the seam allowance.

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Next sew the narrower edge of the facing to the edge of the sleeve with the underarm seams aligned. Grade the seam allowance by trimming the facing seam allowance in half.

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Press the sleeve facing and seam allowance away from the sleeve.

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Next understitch along the edge of the facing, this will help turn the seam line to the inside of the sleeve.

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Turn the sleeve inside out and press up the 1/2″ seam allowance on the raw edge of the facing.

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

Then press the entire facing up to the wrong side of the sleeve. Pin in place and stitch along the edge of the facing to secure it to the sleeve.

Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings | Grainline Studio

That’s it, you’ve successfully made a Morris Blazer!

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