Hadley Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

We walk you through everything needed to successfully make your own Hadley Top!

1. Hadley Pattern: You can find the paper pattern here, or the PDF version here.

2. Fabric: I’m using this ivory rayon for View A and this monstera print cotton/rayon lawn for View B. If you’re on the fence about what to use for your top, check out our prior post about fabric choices. And don’t worry, we have a different color background for the white Hadley photos, so you will be able to see it!

3. Thread: I prefer to use standard poly thread for my garments. I like poly because I pre-treat my fabrics and I know that poly won’t shrink when laundered, keeping my seams nice and neat. Try to use high quality thread as it’s kinder to your machine.

4. Fusible Interfacing: You’ll want either a woven or tricot fusible interfacing in approximately the same weight as the fabric you’re using. Avoid bonded interfacings as they lack the drape necessary to produce a professional looking garment you’ll want to wear.

5. Hook & Eye: For View A only. We recommend a medium sized hook and eye, nothing too small or large.

6. Marking Chalk: You’ll need chalk or your favorite removable marking pen to both trace out your pattern as well as trace your quilting lines onto your pattern. This is my favorite chalk tracing pen, but use whatever works for you!

7. Pins: Whatever pins you usually use will be just fine for this as long as they correspond with your fabric choice. For example if you’re using silk or rayon, you might want to opt for extra-fine satin pins as they’re a bit slimmer than dressmaker’s pins. If you’re into to cute pins, these Clover Glass Head Pins are our new favorites around the studio. They’re so fine and sharp!

8. Hand Sewing Needles: These are simply for sewing on the hook and eye so as long as what you have on hand matches your fabric weave there’s no need for something special.

9. Regular Machine Foot: I love my 1/4″ foot (which BERNINA calls the Patchwork Foot) because of the accuracy it provides but I recommend using whatever you’re used to. You may also want an edgestitching foot which looks like this for all the understitching.

10. Scissors: I’m not much of a rotary person, but the scissors I find most useful for almost every project I make are my Gingher bent handle shears, embroidery scissors, and thread snips. I couldn’t sew without them.

11. Tape Measure: You’ll need a tape measure to take your measurements as well as lay out your pattern pieces for cutting.

12. Ham & Sleeve Roll: I highly recommend having these on hand for your pressing. The Hadley is a simple top so any wacky pressing will really show up! I have this ham and sleeve roll by Dritz.

So that’s about it for supplies, next up we’ll talk about sizing. If you have any supply questions just let us know in the comments below!

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