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  • Willow Variation 01: Cropped Tank

    Today I’m going to talk about turning the Willow Tank into a cropped top! Typically when lengthening or shortening a pattern piece you’ll want to use the lines marked on the pattern. When shortening the Willow into a crop however, we recommend shortening from the bottom. This keeps the top from becoming too wide at the […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along: Day 05 Hemming

    Today we’ll be hemming up our Willows…just in time for the hot weather approaching! I’ll be going through hemming the tank version first, then the dress. Begin by folding up and pressing the 1/2″ seam allowance around the bottom hem edge of the tank. Following the fold line marked on the pattern, fold the hem […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along: Day 04

    In today’s installment of the Willow Sew-Along we’ll be binding our neckline and armhole edges. This is probably the most “difficult” part of the Willow, but if you take it one step at a time, it’s no trouble at all! I’ll be showing you how to bind the neckline in this post, but the armholes […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along: Day 03

    Today we’ll be attaching the skirt to the bodice for the dress version of the Willow. If you’re making the tank, you can skip today! Begin by sewing the side seams of your skirt pieces. Finish the seam allowances as desired and press them to the back of the garment. Now we’ll sew the first […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along: Day 02

    Today we’ll be sewing our darts and the side seams for the bodice of the tank & dress. If you missed our previous post about fitting and cutting, you can find it here. Make sure that you have your dart point marked and the dart legs notched. Fold the top right sides together matching the two […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along: Day 01 Common Pattern Adjustments & Cutting

    Today we’re finally starting the Willow Sew-Along! This pattern is rated Beginner so you more advanced sewers might not need this information, but I wanted to make sure that it’s readily available for anyone new to sewing who might need an extra hand. To begin you’ll want to gather your supplies. I mentioned this in the […]

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  • Willow Sew-Along Announcement

    As promised we’ll be having a sew-along for the Willow for all the beginners out there, as well as anyone looking to pick up some extra tips. The sew-along will start next week, Monday May 30th so I wanted to give you the heads up on supplies now! It won’t be a long sew-along since the […]

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  • Our Willows

    We LOVE plants at Grainline Studio. Being in nature is very special to all of us. We have been really busy in the studio preparing the new Willow Tank & Dress for release. As a treat to ourselves we took our Willows on an outing to our favorite place in Chicago, The Garfield Park Conservatory. […]

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  • Willow Swatches & Inspiration

    One of our favorite things to talk about here in the studio is what we want to make! Jen, Lexi and I always have something cooking in our sketch books. This morning I went to my favorite coffee shop, Gas Light Coffee in Logan Square, it’s on my way to work! Anyway, the barista had […]

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  • Our Newest Pattern: Willow!

    We have been day dreaming in the studio of warm days at the lake, canoe trips and having night picnics at Millennium Park. And most importantly… what we are going to be wearing during these activities! With this new season there is a new pattern… The Willow Tank! The pattern includes both a Tank Top and […]

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