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  • Reed Sew-Along: Views A & B Button and Waist Bands

    Today we'll be sewing up the front button bands and attaching the waistband of views A & B of the Reed Skirt. Button bands are up first! Front ...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Center Front, Back and Side Seams

    In this installment of the Reed Sew-Along we'll be sewing up the center back and side seams of Views A & B and the side and center front seams ...
  • Holiday Ornaments | Can of Sardines

    We're back today sharing our second free holiday ornament pattern with you - a can of sardines! As we mentioned in the pickle post the ideas for t...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Views B & D Hem Extensions

    Today is for all of you making the longer versions of the Reed Skirt, we'll be attaching the lower portion of the skirts! I love this version, espe...
  • Holiday Ornament: Christmas Pickle

    The Holiday spirit is in full swing here at Grainline studio! We have Charlie Brown Christmas on repeat and a stash of (gluten free) candy cane jo...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Views C & D Fronts

    Today we'll be assembling the View C & D fronts of the Reed Skirt. It's a bit more straightforward than the A & B fronts, due to the patch ...
  • Our Give Thanks Sale!

    It’s that time of year again, where we start looking back on the previous months and planning for the upcoming year. We have a lot to be thankful...
  • Reed Sew-Along: View A & B Fronts

    Today I'll be walking you through assembling the fronts of the Reed Skirt Views A & B. Both views start out the same so I'll be using my View A...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Cutting

    Today we're cutting our Reed Skirts! Cutting is pretty straightforward but takes a bit of time making sure you've got everything you need cut out. ...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today we're going to talk about the most common pattern adjustments you might need for the Reed Skirt. We'll start with blending between sizes, the...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Choosing a Size

    Today in the Reed Sew-Along series we help you determine which size to cut. Starting out with the right size is always the best path towards a successful garment!
  • Reed Skirt Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

    Today in the Reed Sew-Along we're going to be talking about all the supplies you'll need to make your own skirt! I like to do a post like this ...
  • Reed Skirt Sew-Along: Choosing Fabrics

    Today we're going to talk about fabrics for the Reed Skirt! Since this skirt has so many suitable fabric options, I'm going to divide it up into th...
  • Reed Skirt Sew-Along: Inspiration

    Welcome to the first day of the Reed Skirt Sew-Along! We're going to walk you through each step of making the Reed Skirt, and we've got some really...
  • An Interview with Ann Leachman of Club Chainstitch!

    Today we interview Ann Leachman, the fiber artist behind Club Chainstitch! See how she uses her vintage Singer hand crank chainstitch machine to create beautiful artwork you can wear!
  • Jen's "Loon Watch" Thayer Jacket

    I'm so excited to share my own Thayer Jacket on the blog today, it's been quite a while since I've shared anything I've made here on the blog and ...
  • Get Ready for our Fall Collection Sew-Alongs

    It wouldn't be a Grainline Studio pattern without a full photo illustrated sew-along to guide you through it, so it's time to share our sew-along ...
  • An Introduction to our New Size Range

    All About our New Size Range You may have noticed in our release on the 15th that we also debuted our newest size range, 14 – 30. This is somethin...
  • Meet the New Hemlock Tee

    Today I would like to re-introduce you to our most popular pattern of all time (it's free) the Hemlock Tee! A bit of background: I drafted the Hem...
  • Meet the Thayer Jacket

    Today we’ll be talking all about the Thayer Jacket! If you’ve been following Grainline for the last year, you might remember last year around this...
  • Meet the Reed Skirt

    Learn all about our new Reed Skirt, from design details to fabric choices in this intensive post.
  • Introducing our Fall 2019 Pattern Collection!

    Introducing our Fall 2019 Pattern Collection: the Thayer JacketReed Skirt, and updated Hemlock Tee. All of these patterns are available in sizes 0-30!
  • Our Updated Website!

    We recently updated our website. Check out the new features!
  • How To: Hand Sew A Slip Stitch

    Need to know how to hand stitch an invisible seam? We've got you covered in this slip stitch tutorial!
  • Pom-Pom Trim Petal Sleeve Scout Tee

    As September is coming to a close, today's Scout Tee September post will be the last one in the series; however, we're far from done creating pat...
  • A Sleeveless Midi-Length Lark Tee Dress

    I originally planned on making a t-shirt dress earlier this season. I knew I wanted to use the Lark Tee Dress Variation Pack pattern because the s...
  • Scout Tee Modification 08: Gathered Scout Tee

    Our Scout Tee September series continues today with another Scout Tee pattern modification. By creating a front yoke piece, we were able to build ...
  • Fabric Scrap-Busting Series: Statement Earrings

    It's been a little while since the last post in our scrap-busting series so we're excited to be sharing this post today! These statement earrings ...
  • Scout Tee Modification 07: Split Back

    We established our love for split back tops back in 2013 when we released our Lakeside Pajama set, but for some reason we've never transferred tha...
  • Scout Tee Modification 06: Cuffed Elbow Length Sleeves

    The simplicity of the Scout Tee makes it a wonderful canvas for creativity, and it's why we're so excited to be featuring it all month long. We pr...
  • Scout Tee Full Bust Adjustment

      Welcome to the first post in our Scout Tee September series! Before we begin sharing pattern variations, we wanted to make sure you have a solid...
  • How To Sew and Turn Spaghetti Straps

        When you ask sewists what skills or particular techniques they dislike, you're likely to get varied responses. But if you specifically ask the...
  • Lexi's Tie Front Alder Shirt

    After planning out her 2019 Summer Style Inspiration Pinterest board, Lexi got down to work on bringing her seasonal wardrobe to life. She made th...
  • A Felix Dress with Waist Ties

    Every time we wear a Felix Dress we're reminded of the secret magic of this pattern and dress. If you've sewn the Felix before you may have had si...
  • How To Sew Mitered Corners

    The first time I sewed a mitered corner was in 2016; it was a revelation. Up until that point, I had finished corners by folding the seam allowanc...
  • Summer 2019 Style Inspiration | Lexi

    Hi everyone, it's Lexi. Summer is upon us here in Chicago, with much warmer temps and LOTS of humidity. It has me feeling like I'm in the tropics ...
  • Willow Variation 03: Gathered Waist Dress

      We have another pattern modification available for you today that we’re happy to finally be sharing. Jen made this gathered waist Willow Ta...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Fanny Pack Tutorial

    Today we're showing you how to easily modify your Portside Dopp Kit from toiletry bag to one of our favorite practical accessories, the Fanny...
  • Uniform Modification 03: Cuffed Short Sleeves

    Hey all! I'm back with a quick little tutorial on how to give your Uniform Tunic a cute little cuffed sleeve like the one shown above. This will w...
  • Summer 2019 Style Inspiration | Aimee

    There was a collective, "We're so happy summer is finally here! ... Wait, how are we halfway through the year already?," moment in the studio this...
  • Five Basic Embroidery Stitches

    Earlier this week we shared some embroidery inspiration in the form of these two embroidered Lark Tees. Today, we're circling back and breaking do...
  • Two Embroidered Lark Tees

    Over the past couple of years we've noticed a resurgence of embroidery in fashion, home decor, and art! From floral motifs to political statements...
  • Uniform Tunic Modification 02: Uniform Dress

    Today we’re sharing our next Uniform Tunic Modification post, how to turn your tunic into a dress! We’ve been wanting to do this modification for...
  • A Guide To Seam Finishes for Woven Fabrics

    We've slowly been combing through our post archives in order to update older posts, and simultaneously identify gaps in the resources we provide. ...
  • Tamarack Society Update: Part 05

    Hi all! We were doing a pretty good job of steadily working on and providing progress updates about our Tamarack Jackets, but then things got busy ...
  • Grainline Studio Sew Visible Project

    A global study performed by Dove showed that 70% of women don’t feel represented by images they see in advertising. Feedback from our sizing surve...
  • Fabric Scrap-Busting Series: Zippered Fruit Pouches

    Welcome back to our Fabric Scrap Busting Series! We were blown away by all of the great comments, suggestions, and ideas community members provi...
  • Uniform Tunic Modification 01: Uniform Shirt

    Today, we’re sharing two of our favorite, incredibly simple, modifications that transform the Uniform from tunic to shirt! These quick adjustments...
  • Introducing the standalone release of the Uniform Tunic!

      We are so excited to release this standalone Uniform Tunic pattern. The Uniform Tunic was originally released as a traceable pattern in th...
  • Printing Layered PDF Patterns

    Our Uniform Tunic PDF pattern is our first layered PDF pattern file, and we plan on continuing to layer our pattern files with our future releases....
  • Fabric Scrap-Busting Series: Scrunchies and Hair Bows

    Way back in 2012, we wrote about the perpetual horror of fabric scraps and our desire to reuse and recycle mindfully. The comments section on tha...
  • Hadley Modification 01: Wrap Top

    Today we're going to teach you how you can modify the pattern pieces of the Hadley Top View B in order to turn it into a wrap top! This modificati...
  • Two Ways to Sew Piping into Your Garments

    It's no mystery that attention to detail is necessary when it comes to making clothing; clothes that are well-made and long lasting require care d...
  • Four Ways To Style a Denim Moss Skirt

    Earlier this week, we shared a few pictures of our recently refashioned Moss Skirt and talked a little bit about the process of refashioning. ...
  • A Refashioned Denim Moss Skirt

    When my grandfather gave me one of his well-worn denim jackets two years ago, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it. I stuffed it into m...
  • Meet The Grainline Studio Team

    Here at Grainline Studio our mission is to create professionally drafted, easy to use sewing patterns while providing educational resources...
  • Using Thread Chains To Keep Bra Straps In Place

    A few years ago we talked about our love of thread chains in the studio and how useful they are when you want to keep two layers of fabric together...
  • An Update on Our New Size Range and a Survey!

    If you subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, you know that we announced in our January 8th update that we have begun work on expan...
  • New Year New Hobby: Our best posts for beginners!

    A new year is upon us and to celebrate I've gathered up 5 posts aimed at having a great 2019 sewing year. Whether you're just picking up the sewing...
  • Give the Gift of Sewing with a Grainline Gift Card!

    If you're looking for a last minute for the sewist in your life, look no further than our Grainline Studio gift card! Available in any amount, the...
  • Holiday Hours and Free Ornament Patterns

    The Holidays are upon us and we'll be closing up shop here at Grainline so Lexi, Jon and I can have a bit of a break and spend time with friends a...
  • Stowe Sew-Along: Finishing your Bag

    In this Stowe Sew-Along post we'll be walking you through steps 13, 14 & 15. We've learned that these are the most confusing steps of the entir...
  • How To: Make Your Own Bias Tape

    Whether you're following along with our Stowe Sew-Along or want to make your own bias tape for another project, this tutorial is for you! We'll wal...
  • Stowe Sew-Along: Making & Finishing the Handles

    Today we'll be covering steps 6-12 in the Stowe instruction booklet, making and finishing the handles! If you're making your own bias binding and n...
  • Stowe Sew-Along: Making & Attaching the Pockets

    Today in the Stowe Sew-Along Series we're going to take you through steps 1-5 in your instruction booklet. We'll be making the pockets, attaching t...
  • Stowe Sew-Along: Cutting & Marking

    Today we're starting the Stowe Bag Sew-Along, welcome to the party! There are two previous posts in this series which you can find below, but today...
  • Making the Portside Pouch

    Today we'll be making the Portside Pouch. This is an easy and quick project that compliments the Portside Duffle or Dopp but is also great on its o...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Zipper Pulls

    The final step in our Portside Dopp Kits is to add the decorative zipper pulls. This is an optional step but I think it makes the set look a bit m...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Attaching the Lining

    Today we'll be inserting the lining of our Portside Dopp Kits. To do this requires a bit of hand sewing so get out those hand needles and a thimble...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Lining

    Today we'll be assembling the Portside Dopp Kit lining, this should all seem a bit familiar from the previous assembly steps, but you'll breeze thr...
  • Last Chance for 20% Off!

    Just a friendly reminder, today is the last day of the Give Thanks Sale. So if you are still contemplating a purchase, you have until midnight...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Body

    In today's Portside Dopp Kit sew-along post we'll be assembling the body of the bag using the pieces we made in our previous post. First we'll nee...
  • Give Thanks Pattern Sale!

    It’s that time of year again, where we start looking back on the previous months and planning for the upcoming year. We have a lot to be thankful ...
  • Making a Zipper

    One question we get a fair bit, especially in regards to the Portside Travel Set, is how to make your own zipper. I personally love making zippers ...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Assembling the Side Panels

    Now that we have everything cut, it's time to start sewing our Portside Dopp Kits! Today we'll be assembling the panels that make up the Dopp Kit. ...
  • Portside Dopp Kit: Cutting

    Today we're going to talk all about cutting your Portside Dopp Kit. It's pretty straighforward, you'll be cutting your main fabric (fabric A, s...
  • Tamarack Society Update: Part 04

    Alright, it's time for my 4th Tamarack Society Update and I've finally got my pieces quilted! It didn't take that long once I got going, honestly c...
  • Stowe Bag Fabric Inspiration

    As we mentioned on Monday, the Stowe bag not only makes a great gift, but it's also a great reusable package for a gift! We chose 4 fabrics that w...
  • Stowe Bag Supply List

    Today we're talking about the supplies you'll need if you'll be following along with the Stowe Bag portion of our Holiday Sew-Along series! This ...
  • Portside Dopp Kit Fabric Inspiration

    Today we're going to talk about fabric ideas for your Portside Dopp Kits. There are a ton of options for your Portside Dopp Kit - but to narrow thi...
  • Portside Dopp Kit Supply List

      Today I'm going to discuss the supplies needed if you'd like to sew up a Portside Dopp Kit as part of our Holiday Sew-Along. We don't start un...
  • Handmade Holiday Sew-Alongs!

    I can't believe I'm saying this, but the holiday season is upon us! With that in mind we've got a Holiday Sew-Along Series planned for you with tw...
  • Tamarack Society Update: Part 03

    I'm back today with some Tamarack Society progress to report on...I finished basting my coat! It took me quite a while longer than normal, though I...
  • Exeter Cardigan

    Exeter Cardigan Ravelry Project LinkPattern: Exeter Cardigan by Michele WangYarn: Owl from Quince & Co. in BogNecklace: Lux from Tiro Tiro H...
  • Design Details: Sculptural Pleats

    One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is collect images of inspirational design details on a board, appropriately titled Design Details. Ev...
  • Tamarack Progress Update: Week 02

    We've been steadily working on our Tamarack Society jackets in-between our other work so I'm here today to show off our progress so far! >I spe...
  • Tamarack Society Community Progress

    Today I wanted to share a few in progress pics from the Tamarack Society Instagram hashtag! You all have so many awesome ideas and I find it super ...
  • Tamarack Progress Update: Week 01

    Hi everyone! It's time for our week 1 Tamarack Society check-in! Today I'm going to show you what Lexi and I have been up to on our Tamaracks, and ...
  • Tamarack Quilting Ideas

    Today we're going to talk about quilting patterns on our Tamarack Jackets! This is, I think, one of the most fun parts of making a Tamarack becaus...
  • Tamarack Society Sew-Along: Supplies & Resources

    I'm so excited about how many of you are excited about this sew-along! So many beautiful Tamarack Jackets are about to be born and I cannot wait. I...
  • Tamarack Society Sew-Along (+ discount!)

    Last week I posted an image on Instagram of a jacket I wanted to use as inspiration for a long Tamarack Jacket and you guys went wild. So many of y...
  • Tips & Tricks: Estimating Yardage

    We get a lot of questions along the lines of "I have the ___ pattern and I want to do a contrast ___. Do you know how much yardage that will take?...
  • Carolyn Friedlander Weekend at Fancy Tiger Crafts

    I know most of you are just here for the garment sewing tips, but I really think my knitting and quilting combine with garment sewing to make me ...
  • Papercut Patterns Kochi Jacket

    When you've been in the indie pattern business for a while, as I have, you start to get to know many of the other pattern designers and eventually...
  • Fall '18 Sewing Inspiration and Plans

    I've been thinking a lot about how I wanted to organize my fall wardrobe plans in a way that wasn't overwhelming and didn't set me up for guarante...
  • My Fall '18 Knitting Plans

    I've got the windows open at home while I work and that can only mean one thing - it's time to plan my fall knitting & sewing! This is pretty m...
  • My Uniform Tunics and Cardigan

    While I often knit and sew garments to wear together I've never made two garments that were designed to go together. Enter the Uniform Tunics &am...
  • Mending - Do You or Don't You?

    So I know we all sew, that's why we're here, but how do you all feel about mending? Personally I find it a bit soul crushing and I'm not sure why....
  • Strategic Backtack Placement

    Do you ever think about where your backtacks go when sewing? Or do you just start wherever when you sew things like hems? I'm a huge fan of strat...
  • My Felix Dresses

    Pattern: Felix Dress Fabric: April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabric Content: Rayon Size Made: 8 Necklace: Tiro Tiro Shoes: Bryr Clogs It's been a ho...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Hems

    Alright, today is the last day in the Felix Sew-Along and we'll be hemming our dresses! Hemming the dress is pretty much exactly the same as hemmin...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Sleeveless

    Today we'll be using a bias facing to finish the armholes of the sleeveless version of the Felix Dress. If you've done this before or followed our ...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Sleeves

    Alright, if you're putting sleeves on your Felix Dress, today is for you! If not, just sit back and wait for our next post. The instructions in the...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Side Seams

    We've got an easy day for you today in the Felix Sew-Along, we're just sewing up those side seams. Four seams and you're all done and can finally t...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Attaching the Skirts

    Today in the Felix Sew-Along we'll be attaching our skirts to the front and back bodices and it all starts to look like a dress. I love the moment ...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Pockets

    It's an easy day today in the Felix Sew-Along, today we'll be attaching our pocket pieces. It's pretty straightforward, especially after the last t...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Attaching the Neckband

    Today we'll be attaching the neckband to the bodice. This is a bit of a non-standard procedure but it produces a completely clean finish and might ...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Neckband & Bodice Assembly

    Okay, are you all ready to finally start sewing? Today we'll be assembling the neckband of the dress as well as the self and lining bodices. Let's ...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Cutting and Fusing

    Today we're going to be cutting our dresses as well as prepping our pieces to sew by applying the fusible interfacing. I love getting that step out...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Advanced Pattern Adjustments

    Today we’re going to build on the basic Felix pattern adjustments we shared on Monday and show you how to easily raise the V-neckline and do a sma...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Making a Muslin and Basic Adjustments

    I've decided to break our typical pattern adjustment post down into two segments so that we can go into a bit more detail and talk about making a m...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Choosing a Size

    Today in the Felix Sew-Along we're going to talk about selecting a size! I'm going to use my measurements as an example so that you can see how...
  • Fabric Ideas for the Felix Dress

    Okay are you all ready to talk about Felix fabric?! Because I am! I’ve been getting a lot of questions, so we're going to cover a lot in this post...
  • Felix Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

    Today I'm going to talk a bit about the general supplies you'll need for your Felix Dress. I had originally planned a fabric inspiration post to ...
  • Felix Dress Inspiration

    All images from our Felix Inspiration Pinterest Board Now it's time to get your Felix Dress inspiration flowing with some RTW images! When desi...
  • Introducing the Felix Dress!

    I'm so excited to show you our newest pattern, the Felix Dress! If you've seen me at any point this summer I've probably been wearing mine. I wore...
  • Summer of Basics Progress

    Are you guys taking part in the Fringe Association Summer of Basics challenge? If you're wondering what it is, here's it explained by Karen hersel...
  • Printed Hadley Patterns are Back in Stock

    A lot of you will be excited to hear that the Hadley printed patterns are back in stock as of Monday! If you're one of the many, many people who h...
  • Make a Cropped Scout this Summer!

    I was cleaning out an old hard drive recently and found these images of the original Scout Tee. Did you know it was cropped originally!? I lengthe...
  • The Epic Tale of a Sweater for Jon

    If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that back in February of 2017 I finished knitting a sweater for Jon that I never blogged about. We...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Neck Facing

    Today is the last installment in our Uniform Tunic Sew-Along, sewing your neckline facing! Both necklines are done in the same manner but I’ll be d...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Sleeves

    Today we'll be setting the sleeves of the view B Uniform Tunic. Much like the previous armhole facing post you can use the sleeves in view A or vie...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Armhole Binding

    Today we’ll be discussing how to apply bias facings to the armholes of your Uniform Tunic. I’ll be showing this technique on view A since that’s wh...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Skirt View B

    Today we’re going to talk about sewing up the skirt for view B. While this skirt doesn’t have pockets as written you can add them if you like. ...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Skirt View A

    Today we’ll be assembling and attaching the view A skirt. To begin, turn your bodice right side out and lay your pockets along the hem matching t...
  • A Quick Shipping Update

    Just a quick heads up to you all that we're heading to Australia this week to take part in the Soul Craft Festival! As such, all orders placed bet...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Bodice Views A & B

    Today it’s time to start assembling our Uniform Tunics! I’ll be showing the construction on View A but both views follow the same set of steps rega...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Cutting

    Although cutting can be tedious, cutting the Uniform Tunic is pretty straightforward. Not too many pieces and just a bit of fusible. Follow the di...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today in the Uniform Tunic Sew-Along we’re going to discuss a few common pattern adjustments. We’ll start with blending between sizes, cover length...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Selecting your Size

    Today we’re going to talk about selecting your proper size. The first thing you’ll need to do is get some measurements. The three measurements ne...
  • Linden Variation: Rolled Cuffs and Hems

    Last week Lexi unearthed a bag containing the pieces for this cute short sleeve Linden we had cut months ago from the bottom of a long forgotten d...
  • Uniform Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

      As part of our Uniform Make-Along I’ll be sewing my tunic here on the blog with you all. The first step in any successful project is gathering y...
  • Me Made May 2018

    May is upon us and it's time again for Me Made May! If you've followed along with me and Grainline for the past few years you'll know that I'm ter...
  • Uniform Tunic Fabric Suggestions & A Make-Along with Madder

    Now that the Uniform Knit & Sew books have been arriving into your mailboxes it’s time to talk about fabric selection for the tunics! If yo...
  • Life Lately v.06

    Something pretty random happened at the beginning of this year that lead to me getting reacquainted with one of my favorite past times as well as ...
  • A Non-Quilted Tamarack for Spring

    From time to time I get inquiries about making a non-quilted Tamarack Jacket, aka one without quilting or batting, and yes, it is 100% possi...
  • Introducing the Scout Sleeve Variation Pack

    Almost as soon as we published the Scout pattern we started receiving requests for a scout sleeve variation pattern pack, so today, 5 years after t...
  • Our Tees are Back in Stock!

    Just in time for spring we've restocked our best selling tee patterns, the Scout and Lark! These two tees are real workhorses in any wardrobe and ...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Snaps

    Today I'll be showing you how to make covered snaps for your Yates Coat. If you're not using covered snaps you can simply sew your snaps on using t...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Lining your Coat

    Today in the Yates Sew-Along we’ll finally be putting in the lining of our coats! The Yates uses a method called ‘bagging’ which reduces the amoun...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Facings

    In our last post we assembled the linings, today we’ll be attaching our facings which is the last step before bagging our lining! We’ll be start...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Sewing the Lining

    Today we’ll be assembling the lining. If you missed any of our previous Yates Sew-Along posts you can find them here, otherwise let’s dive in! T...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Assembling and Attaching the Collar

    Attaching the collar is relatively easy so lets dive right in! Start by aligning the center back seam of the two under collar pieces. You’...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Sewing the Sleeves

    Today in the Yates Sew-Along we'll be assembling and setting our sleeves. Setting sleeves is one step that I always find easier to show in illustra...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Assembling the Body

    Today in the Yates Sew-Along we're going to assemble the body of the coat. Before you begin, make sure all of your pieces are fused according to th...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Cutting and Fusing

    The thought of cutting a coat can seem overwhelming, but taken one step at a time and done in an orderly fashion, you'll breeze through this step. ...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today in the Yates Sew-Along we're going to discuss a few common pattern adjustments. We'll start with blending between sizes, cover lengthening or...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Selecting your Size

    Today we’re going to talk about selecting your proper size. The first thing you’ll need to do is get some measurements. The three measurements ne...
  • Yates Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

    Alright, supplies time! Below is a complete list of everything we used to create our Yates Coat samples. If you have any questions let me know in t...
  • Yates Fabric Inspiration

    Today I'm going to take you through selecting fabrics for the Yates coat. We'll touch on places to find high quality coating, some budget coating o...
  • Yates Style Inspiration

    Today I want to share a little inspiration for your Yates Coats pulled from my Yates Inspiration board on Pinterest, starting with these pink beau...
  • Introducing the Yates Coat!

    Today I have our first pattern release of 2018 for you: the Yates Coat! One of my favorite type of garments to make is outerwear — I love bei...
  • Life Lately v.05

    It's been a while since my last Life Lately post and so much has happened! I think I'm going to start scheduling these quarterly so that I don't ha...
  • A Guide to Flat Bias Facings

    One of our perennial favorite posts is our guide to getting flat bias facings. In the original post we called them bias necklines, which I think i...
  • A Fall / Winter Wardrobe Progress Update

    It's been about 2 months since I first posted about my fall / winter wardrobe plans and in that time I've done a bit of sewing! I don't have any fu...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Finishing

    Today's the last day of the Hadley sew-along and it's a tiny day, just finishing up and making sure everything is in place and ready to wear! T...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Hem Facing

    Lets begin by assembling our hem facing. With right sides facing, align and sew the center back seam. Next align the side seams of the front and b...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: View B Neckline

    Now lets finish up the neckline of view B! With right sides together, align the shoulder edges of the front and back facing. Stitch along the seam...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: View A Neckline Facing

    To finish your view A neckline begin by aligning the shoulder seams of the front and back necklines with the right sides facing each other. Stitch...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: View B Armhole Facings

    Today I'll be showing you how to attach the armhole facings to your Hadley top. The great news about this step is once you've mastered it, the neck...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: View A Sleeves

    Now that the bodies of our Hadley tops are sewn together it's time to get to the more involved steps. Don't worry though, even though they're more ...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Sides & Shoulders

    >Today's Hadley step is quick and easy, sewing the side and shoulder seams! Lets dive in... Place your front and back pieces together with the ...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Assembling the Backs

    Today we're assembling the backs of our Hadley Tops. If you're making view B there's nothing new for you here. Simply follow the instructions for t...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Assembling the Fronts

    Today we'll be assembling the front of our Hadley tops. The instructions for both views are the same, so I'll be demo-ing on view B since the neckl...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Applying Interfacing

    We always get questions about applying fusible interfacing so I wanted to add a photo illustration in addition to the information labeled on the pa...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Cutting

    Although cutting can be tedious, cutting the Hadley pattern is pretty straightforward. Not too many pieces and just a bit of fusible. Follow the di...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today we're going to talk about a few common pattern adjustments you might find helpful in making your Hadley Top. Below you'll find instructions f...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Selecting your Size

    Today we’re going to talk about selecting your proper size. The first thing you’ll need to do is get some measurements. The three measurements nee...
  • Hadley Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

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  • Get Ready for the Hadley Sew-Along

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  • Introducing the Hadley Top

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  • Variation 02: Split Hem Willow

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  • 5 Essential Serger Tips for a Healthy Happy Machine

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  • Lark Inspiration and Swatches | Lark Cardigan Variation Pack

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  • Lark Inspiration and Swatches | Lark Dress Variation Pack

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  • Tips + Tricks | for sewing with silk

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  • How to Line the Farrow Dress Pt. 2: Sleeved Sewing Instructions

    Today I'll be walking you through assembling the lining pieces of your Farrow Dress. If you missed our previous post on how to draft the lining pi...
  • How to Line the Farrow Dress Pt. 1: Pattern Alterations

    Today I'll be showing you the first step in how to line your Farrow Dress! It's really very simple and great for slightly sheer or very silky fabr...
  • Sewing Facings on Narrow Sleeves

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  • Farrow with No Pockets

    In our first Farrow Dress variation we're going to show you how to omit the pockets on your Farrow. A few people asked why anyone would want a dre...
  • Farrow Dress Roundup

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  • Farrow Sew-Along: Hems & Finishing

    Alright, last day of the Farrow Sew-Along! Today we'll be talking about hems and finishing - lets dive in! Hemming is quite easy for the Farrow. S...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Neckline Facing

    In today's edition of the Farrow Sew-Along we'll be assembling and attaching our neckline facing. To begin, sew the front and back neckline facing...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: View B Sleeves

    In this segment of the Farrow Sew-Along we'll be inserting our sleeves for the Farrow View B. To begin, place two lines of basting stitches along ...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: View A Armhole Facings

    Today we'll be finishing the armholes of the Farrow View A. To begin, sew one front armhole facing piece to one back armhole facing piece to creat...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Side & Shoulder Seams

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  • Farrow Sew-Along: Assembling the Dress Front

    Today we'll be forming the front of the Farrow. This is essentially the same steps as the back of the dress, but we're adding a few steps to form t...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Assembling the Dress Back

    Today we'll be assembling the back of the Farrow dress. Let's get started! To begin align the angled edge of one of the back bodice pieces with on...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Cutting

    Cutting the Farrow pattern is pretty straightforward, not too many pieces and only a bit of fusible. You can see what you'll need to cut for View A...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today I have a few specific fit adjustments for you - lengthening and shortening the Farrow Dress pattern, a full bust adjustment, and blending bet...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Selecting Your Size

    Today we’re going to talk about selecting your size. The first thing you’re going to want to do is get some measurements. The three measurements n...
  • Farrow Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

    We had such a good reaction to our Tamarack supply post that we're now going to be doing one for each of our new patterns. I love when something is...
  • Farrow Sew-Along Schedule

    It's time to get your fabric and supplies together because the Farrow Sew-Along is almost here! We'll get started with our first posts Thursday of...
  • Tamarack: Setting Snaps

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  • Tamarack: Applying Bias Binding

    We've inserted our welt pockets and now it's time to bind the main body of the jacket. Here I'll walk you through that process which includes our...
  • Tamarack: Inserting Welt Pockets

    Are you ready to insert some welt pockets? This is hands down the most requested Tamarack tutorial; I think a lot of people are a bit scared of...
  • Tamarack: Assembling your Quilted Pieces

    Lets talk about quilting your Tamarack Jacket. For a lot of garment sewers this is going to be the most foreign part of the process unless you ha...
  • Tamarack: Cutting your Jacket

    The Tamarack doesn't have a lot of pieces, but you do cut a lot of the few there are. Because of that we wanted to do a quick post running throu...
  • Tamarack Supply List

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  • Farrow Swatches

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  • Farrow Inspiration

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  • Introducing the Farrow Dress

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  • Quilting your Tamarack

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  • Tamarack Swatches

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  • Tamarack Inspiration

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  • Hemlock Variation 01: Split Hem Sweater

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  • Archer + Alder Version 02

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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...
  • Penny Raglan Inspiration & Swatches

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  • New to Grainline, the Penny Raglan!

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  • The Alder as a Tunic or Shirt

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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 ...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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 cutt...
  • 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, bu...
  • 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...
  • 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 T...
  • 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 ...
  • 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… ...
  • Styling & Swatches | Scout Tee

    We are just about to turn the corner into spring up here in the great north! Finally! I have been eyeing these adorb tees and am going to make som...
  • Archer Pleated Popover Variation Tutorial

    Back when we introduced the Archer Popover Variation Pack we had a lot of people interested in a tutorial on how to put a pleat at the bottom of t...
  • More Tips for Choosing Fabric & Sewing your Driftless Cardigan

    This post was originally posted as part of our Lark Tee Sew-Along but everything here applies for the Driftless Cardigan as well since both require...
  • Styling & Swatches: Driftless Cardigan

    Hey! We are all about the new Driftless Cardigan over here. I for one can’t wait to make some! Here are the fabrics I am lusting after... 1 | 2 | ...
  • New Pattern Release... The Driftless Cardigan!

    Cardigans are an essential piece of any transitional weather wardrobe. We have been cooking up a super cute one that we are elated to share with ...
  • Thread Chains

    We were just talking about our love of thread chains in the studio in relation to a new pattern we're about to release and we started wondering, ...
  • Archer Popover Inspiration & Fabric Suggestions

    Now that our Archer Popover Pattern is out, we thought it would be fun to share some inspiration along with fabric swatches to make the look. All o...
  • Archer Popover Pattern Release

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  • Color Block Your Archer!

    So many of you guys requested a tutorial for the color blocked Archer that showed up on the blog last week as part of our announcement that the Ar...
  • Stowe Bag Mini-Video Tutorial

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  • Best of 2015: Variations and Tutorials

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  • Some of our Favorite Coats

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  • Lark Variation Three: Colorblock Top

    Today I've got our third Lark Tee variation for you, and this one is a classic colorblock tee. You can see our previous variations here and here i...
  • Introducing the Stowe Bag

    Today we are so excited to announce the Stowe Bag, brought to you as a collaborative effort between Fringe Supply Co. & Grainline Studio. A lo...
  • Quilting Tips for the Tamarack Jacket

    I know a lot of you are mainly garment sewers and not quilters so I wanted to take a minute and talk a little bit about a few basic quilting te...
  • Lark Variation Strap Neckline Detail Variation

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  • Tamarack with Pre-Quilted Fabric

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  • Lark Sew-Along: Cardigan Sewing Tutorial

    Today we're sewing up the Lark Cardigan. Start by cutting out your pattern. You'll need 2 sleeves, 1 back, and 2 fronts. The assembly instruction...
  • Lark Sew-Along: Cardigan Pattern Alterations

    Today we've got the first installment in how to turn your Lark Tee into a draped cardigan. It's pretty easy but rather than give it all to you at...
  • Lark Sew-Along: Hemming

    Today we'll be hemming our Larks. As with the sleeves, this is the same for every style of shirt included in this pattern. This is the most basic ...
  • Lark Sew-Along: Boatneck

    Now for our final neckline, the boatneck. This one is by far the easiest with only 3 steps. Lets go! This first step is optional, but if you have...
  • Lark Sew-Along: V-Neck

    Today we're going to finish up the neckline of the V-Neck. For this I recommend using a combination of your sewing machine and serger if this is ...
  • Lark Sew Along: Scoop & Crew Necks

    This week we'll be finishing up the bulk of the Lark Sew-Along starting today with the scoop & crew neckline finishing. Both necklines are fi...
  • Lark Sew-Along: Body

    Today we're going to be assembling the body of the Lark. All of the shirts follow this method so whether it doesn't matter what sleeve length or ...
  • Lark Sew-Along: Working with Knits

    We're here today with the first installment of the Lark Sew-Along talking a little bit about working with knits. We're not going to touch on ever...
  • Get Ready for the Lark Tee Sew Along

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  • Alternative Cascade Yardages

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  • Organizing PDF Patterns & Instructions

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  • Morris Sew-Along: Sleeve Facings

    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 seam...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Attaching the Facing

    We're now going to attach the facing we made yesterday to the blazer. Start by aligning the center back seams of the blazer and facing with the ri...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Making the Facing

    Today we're going to assemble the main facing that finishes the collar and hem. Begin by taking your two front facing pieces and stitching them to...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Setting Your Sleeves

    To begin the process of inserting your sleeves we first need to assemble the sleeves. Start by sewing the underarm seam of each sleeve, finish the...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Assembling the Body

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  • Morris Sew-Along: Cutting

    Cutting the Morris is pretty self explanatory but I wanted to touch on a quick point or two. Above are the pieces you'll need to cut from your se...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Adjustments

    Today as requested I have a few specific fit adjustments for you - lengthening and shortening the pattern, and a full bust adjustment. First up is...
  • Morris Sew-Along: Choosing Fabrics

    Today we're going to talk a little bit about choosing fabrics for your Morris Blazer. The Morris is drafted for use with fabrics that have a bit ...
  • Morris Blazer Sew Along Announcement

    Just wanted to drop a quick note that the Morris Blazer Sew Along will be starting next week. The pattern isn't very difficult so it's likely it ...
  • Introducing The Morris Blazer

    I'm so excited to finally announce that the Morris Blazer is now available for purchase! Now lets get to know the Morris a little better. I or...
  • Appliqué Linden Tutorial

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  • Maritime Journal Posts

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  • Split Hem Linden Tutorial

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  • Cascade Sew-Along: Lining your Coat

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  • Cascade Sew-Along: Assembling the Lining and Facings

    Today we'll be assembling our lining and facings to get ready to bag our coat. To begin, grab the two back lining pieces and pin the center back s...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Hood

    Today we'll be assembling and attaching the hood. Start by grabbing your self hood pieces and set the hood lining and facings aside for a moment. ...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Collar

    Next up in the Cascade Sew-Along is applying either your collar or hood. Today I'll be showing you how to attach your collar. In the booklet and s...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Side Seams & Sleeves

    Today we're turning our coat pieces into something you can actually wear, side seams & sleeves! Begin by sewing the coat fronts and backs tog...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Attaching your Toggles

    Today we'll be attaching the toggles to the coat. Begin by placing your clasped toggles across the front of your coat to double check that the tog...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Front Bands View B

    Today we'll be attaching the front bands for View B including the zipper panels. Remember, either view can be made with or without the zipper so d...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Front Bands View A

    I'm showing View A in the sew along without the zipper. It feels a little less formal to me and when I'm wearing a short jacket I'm not as concern...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Making Your Own Toggle Closures

    I know a lot of you are planning on making your own toggle closures so I thought I'd slip this post in before we attach the button bands so that ...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Assembling the Fronts, Backs, and Pockets

    In today's Cascade sew-along post we'll be assembling the fronts and backs of your coat as well as making and attaching the pockets. Lets dive in!...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Cutting & Prepping Your Pieces

    Today I'll be guiding you through selecting your size, cutting, and prepping your pieces to begin sewing. Lets start by getting out our pattern b...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Gathering Your Supplies

    Today I'm going to walk you through everything you'll need to make your Cascade Duffle Coat. I know a lot of you have already shopped for your fab...
  • Cascade Sew-Along: Announcement & Schedule

    Alright, the patterns have shipped and it's time to start the Cascade Duffle Coat Sew-Along! A lot of you have been asking me when this would sta...
  • Cascade Duffle Coat Inspiration

    Today I wanted to share a little inspiration for the Cascade Duffle Coat from my Cascade Inspiration board on Pinterest. I pulled a mix of more cl...
  • Cascade Duffle Coat

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  • Archer + Alder Variation

    Today I have for you the long awaited Archer + Alder variation! I was hoping to get some photos of it on but the weather here in Chicago has not b...
  • Alder V-Neck Variation

    Today I'll be showing you how to convert the neckline of the Alder Shirtdress from a collared button up in to a collarless v-neck. For this variat...
  • French Seams on Right Angles

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  • Alder Sew Along: Alder as a Shirt

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  • Alder Variation 01: Band Collar

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 13: Buttons and Buttonholes

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 12: Hem

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 11: Armhole Binding

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 10: Attaching the Collar

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 09: Side Seams and Skirts

    Today we're going to be sewing together the side seams & skirts of both View A & View B. We'll start with view A because that's the easier...
  • Alder Sew Along Day 8: Yoke Method 2

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  • Alder Sew Along Day 7: Yoke Method 1

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 06: Darts and Pockets

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 5: Assembling Your Button Bands

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 4: Cutting Your Alder

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  • Alder Sew Along Part 03: Specific Fit Adjustments

    Today I have a few specific fit adjustments for you, lengthening and shortening the pattern, moving darts, and a full bust adjustment. For all of t...
  • Alder Sew Along Part 2: Selecting Your Size

    Today we're going to talk about selecting your size. The first thing you're going to want to do is get some measurements. The three measurements n...
  • Alder Sew Along Part 1: Fabric & Supplies

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  • Alder Sewalong: Schedule & Badge

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  • Alder Sew Along Announcement

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  • The Alder Shirtdress & A Shop Relaunch

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  • Moss Skirt Updated Cutting Layouts

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  • French Seams on Various Seam Allowances

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  • French All Your Seams

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  • Madewell Scout Variation: Sewing Tutorial

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  • Madewell Scout Variation: Pattern Tutorial

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  • Sewing Tutorial | Quick & Easy Plaid Matching

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  • Pattern Tutorial | Long Sleeved Scout Variation

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  • Grainline Moss Skirt x Spoonflower

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  • Pattern Release | Portside Travel Set

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  • Sewing Tutorial | Lakeside Pajama Shorts Binding

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  • Knit Scout Tutorial

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  • Sewing Tutorials | Patching Lace

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  • Archer Sew Along | Day 14 | Buttons & Buttonholes

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  • Archer Sew Along | Day 13 | Cuffs and Hem

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  • Archer Sew Along | Day 12 | Assembling & Attaching the Collar

    Okay time for the exciting part, are you guys ready to put in your collars? We're going to both assemble the collars and attach it today, it seeme...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 10 | Sleeves and Side Seams

    This is a relaxing sew along day, we're setting our sleeves and sewing our side seams - no big deal. Start by placing two lines of basting along th...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 9 | Sleeve Plackets

    Inserting sleeve plackets used to really stress me out. Bad. I'm not really sure why anymore but I think it was something about stitching to withi...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 8 | Attaching the Yoke – Method 2

    Archer Sew Along | Inserting a Yoke | Method 2 from grainline on Vimeo. Today we're going to talk about the second method for attaching a yoke, th...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 7 | Attaching the Yoke - Method 1

    Today I'm going to show you the first of two methods for attaching the yoke. This method is really straightforward and super easy. We're going to ...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 6 | Assembling the Back Views A and B

    Alright, it's time to prepare our backs, you guys all ready? We'll do View A first because there isn't much to this one. Pleat the two notches in ...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 5 | Attaching Your Pockets

     Alright, are you ready to attach those pockets? Start by folding the top edge of the pocket down twice along the notches. If you're using silk f...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 4 | Making the Button Bands

    Today we're going to be making the button bands. Starting with the left front button band, which we interfaced yesterday, fold one inch of fabric ...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 3 | Selecting and Applying Interfacing

    Today we're going to talk about interfacing your Archer shirt, mostly about selecting your interfacing since the actual fusing / insertion is pret...
  • Notes on Marking

    After yesterday's post about cutting out your Archer I got a lot of questions regarding the fact that I use a #2 pencil to do the majority of my ...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 2 | Cutting the Fabric

    Alright day 2 of the sew along and we're going to cut our fabric, but really quickly before we start, I had some questions about the sew along sche...
  • Archer Sew Along | Day 1 | Assembling the Pattern

    Are you guys all ready for this Archer Sew Along Adventure? Today we'll be assembling our patterns, selecting our sizes, and adjusting for length,...
  • A Few Finished Archers & Sew Along Update

    I've been seeing a few early Archers showing up around the internet and I wanted to do a mini-share on them to get you pumped up for the Arche...
  • Archer Sew Along Announcement

    Okay so it's official guys, the Archer Sew Along will commence on Monday March 18! During this sew along I'll be walking you through each step in...
  • Archer Button Up Shirt | 11004

    It's FINALLY here, the Archer Button Up Shirt pattern! I'm so excited, I've been dreaming of the perfect boyfriend style button up shirt for a whi...
  • Tips + Tricks | Cutting Silk

    I get asked a lot what my tips for working with silk are and honestly, I don't have that many. One thing I do every time I'm cutting silk, either...
  • Tips + Tricks | Smooth Collar Curves

    You know how sometimes when you clip and notch a curve, then turn it right side out it can create a very slight angle at the point where the clip ...
  • Tips + Tricks | Chaining (It's a Video!)

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  • Moss Skirt Views and Style Ideas

    I can't believe I forgot to mention in my original Moss Skirt pattern post that this design is from the Hound F/W '11 collection! I thought I wou...
  • Sewing Tutorial | Inserting a Fly Front Zipper

    I used to hate HATE inserting flies until I figured out this awesome method. It's nothing groundbreaking but I feel like every time I opened a ne...
  • New Pattern | 32001 Moss Mini Skirt

    I'm excited to announce the newest Grainline Studio Pattern, the Moss Mini Skirt! You may remember this skirt from last fall's Autumn Wardrobe, i...
  • Sewing Tutorial | Zippers with Free Hanging Overlays

    Floaty chiffon style skirts are pretty popular right now, they're incredibly easy to make and fun to wear, but it can sometimes be strange when t...
  • Sewing Tutorial | Maritime Shorts + A Variation

    If you've been waiting for the step by step tutorial on how to sew the Maritime Shorts here it is! I've also included additional steps to sew thi...
  • Pattern Tutorial | Maritime Shorts Variation

    I'm almost ready to post the sewing tutorial for the Maritime Shorts but I figured I should post this pattern tutorial before I do the sewing tutor...
  • Maritime Shorts | 15001

    I'm so excited to officially introduce the Maritime Shorts pattern!! This is one of my favorite patterns I've made, I already have 2 pairs (here ...
  • Pattern Tutorial | Adding Lining to an Unlined Blazer

    You may know that I am planning a polka dot blazer this summer and in deciding what sort of blazer I wanted to make I went to three places... My ...
  • Sewing Tutorial | French All Your Seams

    After posting my navy lace scout tee I got a few questions asking how I french seamed my armholes. It can seem a little confusing at first but, a...
  • Sewing Tutorial | Getting Flat Bias Necklines

    I often get questions asking how I get my bias faced necklines to lay flat, so I’m here today with a tutorial to help you do just that. It can be ...
  • Sewing Tutorial | How to Bag a Jacket Lining

    Here it is, my tutorial on how to line a jacket using the 'bagged' method. This jacket lining method gives the most professional results, requires...
  • tips + tricks | perfect points

    Here I present my tutorial on getting super corners and points. When I first learned this trick in school I thought there was no way that made sen...
  • pattern tutorial | scout full back pattern

    I mentioned in my post on my Red Wool Scout that I would be posting this tutorial on how to get the fuller back. Unfortunately it's about a week l...
  • scout woven tee | 11002

    Well I know I posted about this pattern a few days ago, but I thought I should do an official post and also answer a few questions I've gotten so ...
  • tips + tricks | easy roll hem

    Next up in the Tips + Tricks series is the easy roll hem.  I usually get at least one request for a tutorial every time I post a photo of a rolled ...
  • tips + tricks | delicate necklines

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  • step by step : tiny pocket tank

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  • tips + tricks : plaid matching

    We all know that plaid matching is sort of a pain in the ass.  You need extra fabric, spend a ton of time cutting everything perfectly, pin it a...