Introducing the Hadley Top

Our newest pattern, the Hadley Top, is available as a PDF or Paper Pattern now in our shop!

Today I’m so excited to introduce our newest pattern, the Hadley Top! When we started out working on this pattern we wanted to design a simple, elegant top that was extremely versatile. Something that would look equally good in a bold statement print or a gorgeous linen. The top should be wearable in all seasons and able to be both worn on its own or layered with a cardigan or blazer. It also needed to be appropriate for day or evening since that’s definitely a garment that’s missing in my own wardrobe, and of course, it needed to be comfortable! That’s a tall order in a design but I think we achieved our mission.

Our newest pattern, the Hadley Top, is available as a PDF or Paper Pattern now in our shop!

Both View A and View B feature bust darts, deep hem facings, and a center front and center back seam — the latter two lending it a bit of an architectural feel. Although we have two views for this pattern, you can use the fronts, backs, and sleeves interchangeably. That means if you’d like a pleat back version without sleeves, or any other variation, you’re set up for success.

Our newest pattern, the Hadley Top, is available as a PDF or Paper Pattern now in our shop!

As for the individual features of views A & B, lets start with view A.
  1. Jewel neckline: very flattering and also great with a wide variety of necklaces.
  2. Subtle hi-low hem: it’s not super noticeable when wearing, but it’s just enough longer in back that you don’t have to worry about your lower back showing when you sit!
  3. Back pleat with keyhole opening: just a bit of drama.
  4. Long sleeves: these are full long sleeves, they should hit at the wrist.

Our newest pattern, the Hadley Top, is available as a PDF or Paper Pattern now in our shop!

Now lets check out the features of View B!

  1. Sleeveless: facings add a more refined touch than bias finishing.
  2. No back pleat: gives a slimmer silhouette to balance the V front
  3. Scooped V neckline: the graceful lines of this v-neck sit beautifully against the body.
  4. Center front and back seams: both views have this feature and it adds structure and interest.
  5. Deep hem facing: lends a high end finish to the top.

A few times you may have seen our new pattern on Instagram!

I know a lot of you like playing spot the new pattern early on Instagram, so here are 4 instances when you’ve previously seen the Hadley either on the Grainline or my jen_beeman account! So sneaky!

Hope you all enjoy this new pattern as much as I have since it was originally drafted. You can hop over to the shop and snag a copy of the PDF here or the Paper Pattern here. Can’t wait to see them start popping up in our feed! And just a heads up, we changed our tagging structure for new patterns starting with Hadley, so tag your photos #grainlinehadley and #grainlinestudio to make sure we see them!

Grab your Hadley here!

18 replies on “Introducing the Hadley Top

  • Amanda

    I love it! Are all the pieces interchangeable – I’m guessing you can you do the v-neck with long sleeves? And that wheat-y mustard color is so yummy.

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  • sam

    A beautiful drapy top with LONG SLEEVES! Thank you Jen, from the bottom of my cold climate heart. I have been loving my drapy shells for Summer, was dreading the inevitable shift to chilly temps, and need to put them away for a year. This was the hole in my closet, you mind reader……!

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    • Jen

      Aw, thanks!! It was definitely a hole in my wardrobe too! I love wearing sleeveless year round with a cardigan or button up, but sometimes I don’t feel like layering and when that happens I had nothing to wear.

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    • Jen

      Thanks for the kind words, it’s so great to hear. We do a lot of testing — this pattern was in my closet for a year in various forms before we got it just right — so I think that definitely helps!

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    • Jen

      It’s available in sizes 0-18 like the rest of our range. If you click on the links you can see the full size chart in the pattern listing.

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  • Lauren

    Is it possible to make view A (long sleeves, high neck) with the plain back of view B? or is the pleat necessary to get in and out of the shirt if the neck is high?

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    • Jen

      It is possible but you’ll need to transfer the keyhole notch from view A to view B. Without it you won’t be able to get the top over your head. We’ll be showing this as a variation after the sew along is over, though we don’t have an exact date on that post yet.

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  • saludhealth

    i just made 2 versions of the Hadley and both turned out huge! According to my measurements, I’m a 2 at the bust, 4 at the waist. and at the hips. I went with a 4 all over for the first shirt and I’m swimming in it. The second shirt I did a 2 all over. It’s the View B and the V neck is so low I will need to wear a shirt under it. Do you have any recommendations. I have fabric for a 3rd shirt but am so scared to get started. Thank you for any tips!

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    • Jen

      Hmmm, you went off the body measurements not the finished measurements right? Also are you by chance petite? In the future you can always check the measurements of the pattern pieces against your body to make sure you’re on the right track size wise. As far as the neckline, that’s why I asked about being petite. The pattern is drafted for a height of 5’5″ so any shorter and you may need to make adjustments. You can easily raise the neckline by just drawing a new one to connect with a point the distance up you’d like. That’s hard to explain in a comment so if you have more q’s just let us know.

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