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  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 16 – Buttons & Buttonholes

    It's our final lesson of the Archer Sew-Along, inserting our buttonholes and attaching our buttons! In this video I walk you though how to place ...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 15 – Hemming

    Today's lesson is all about hemming! We're walking you through the traditional 1/4" double fold hem we use in the pattern instructions, as well a...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 14 – Attaching the Cuffs

     After attaching our collars we've got a quick lesson for you today – attaching your cuffs! After this there's just hemming and buttons/buttonho...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 13 – Assembling & Attaching the Collar

    In this lesson we're walking you through the steps necessary to assemble and attach your shirt collar. This process isn't hard, we promise, but i...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 12 – Sewing the Side Seams

    We've got a quick lesson for you today, sewing your side seams. Even though it's a short video that doesn't mean we haven't packed it full of tip...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 11 – Setting your Sleeves

    It's time to set our sleeves! In this video I'll be showing you my technique to easily set your sleeves without puckers. If you've ever been nerv...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 10 – Inserting your Sleeve Plackets

    Today we're inserting the sleeve plackets. I know from teaching that this is something that a lot of people struggle with, but I've developed some...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 09 - Burrito Yoke Method

    It's time for our much anticipated burrito yoke tutorial! If you've ever struggled with this method this video is for you. I'll walk you through o...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 08 – Yoke Method 1

    Today we're sewing up the yoke using the method described in our pattern instructions. This is a straightforward sewing technique with no fancy tr...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 07 – Assembling the Backs

    Week 4 of the Archer Sew-Along starts today! We just published the first video of the week, assembling the backs. On Thursday we'll be sharing th...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 06 – Pockets

    In today's Archer Sew-Along lesson we're forming and attaching our pockets. The pockets are front and center on your shirt so you'll want to make...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 05 – Assembling the Button Bands

    Are you ready for the next lesson in our Archer Video Sew-Along? I hope so because today we're assembling the button bands! This is a quick step, ...
  • Archer Sew-Along: Day 04 – Cutting & Applying your Interfacing

    Today's video focuses on selecting and cutting your fusible interfacing. Interfacing can be confusing but we walk you through the different types...
  • Archer Video Sew-Along: Day 3 – Cutting your Archer

    In today's Archer sew-along lesson we're talking all about cutting! We're talking print and pattern placement, stripes, plaids, and general cuttin...
  • Archer Video Sew-Along: Day 2 Choosing a Size & Pattern Adjustments

     In today's Archer Sew-Along lesson we're talking all about choosing a size and walking you through some common pattern adjustments. View the video...
  • Grainline Studio Supports Black Lives Matter

    If you follow us on Instagram, you saw our post stating that we support the Black Lives Matter movement. I want to reiterate here that we as a tea...
  • Archer Video Sew-Along: Day 1 - Intro, Fabrics and Supplies

    Today we're kicking off our Archer Video Sew-Along! The Archer has been one of our most popular patterns ever since it was first released and I'm ...
  • Hemlock Video Sew-Along: Serger Assembly

    Day 5 of the Hemlock Video Sew-Along – our final in the series – is now live! In this video I walk you through sewing up your Hemlock Tee using a...
  • Hemlock Video Sew-Along: Sewing Machine Assembly

    Day 4 of the Hemlock Video Sew-Along is now up and we're sewing up our Hemlocks with our sewing machines! Learn my tips for needle selection, see...
  • Hemlock Video Sew-Along: Cutting your Fabric

    Time for Day 3 of the Hemlock Video Sew-Along, cutting your fabric! We're talking about directional fabric, cutting knits with a scissor or rotar...
  • Hemlock Video Sew-Along: Pattern Assembly, Cutting, and Choosing a Size

    Day 2 of the Hemlock Video Sew-Along has been posted! In this video we're discussing how to assemble a PDF pattern, best practices for selecting a...
  • Hemlock Video Sew-Along: Introduction, Fabrics and Supplies

    Our first video sew-along has begun, the Hemlock Tee! In our first episode we're introducing you to the Hemlock pattern, walking you through fabri...
  • Hemlock and Archer Video Sew-Alongs!

    If you've been following along with our Instagram Live sessions you'll know we've been planning a few video sew-alongs! I've been wanting to make...
  • Uniform Tunic Resources

    Today we'll be sharing some Uniform Tunic resources to go along with the launch of the Uniform Tunic in sizes 14 – 30. Uniform Sew-Along Since thi...
  • Reed Skirt Modification: Ruffled Patch Pockets Tutorial

    Patch pockets are the perfect opportunity to get creative and level up your garments. Today we'll be showing a tutorial for how to make the ruffl...
  • Introducing the Uniform Tunic in Sizes 14 – 30!

    We are so excited to release the new Uniform Tunic Size 14 – 30 D-Cup pattern! This is our first existing pattern that we've re-drafted into our ...
  • Lexi's Reed Skirt With Fancy Pockets

    Here is the second (and my favorite) of the two Reed Skirts I've recently made. This skirt is sewn in a soft wool flannel which is a perfect partn...
  • Back in Stock: Tamarack and Lark Paper Patterns!

    We're so excited that, after a bit of a wait while we slightly redesigned the way our envelopes are printed, that the Tamarack and Lark paper patt...
  • Get Organized with our Free Downloadable Pattern Cards!

    We've got an awesome free download for you today, our very own pattern cards geared specifically at home sewing! If you're familiar with the garm...
  • Lexi's Reed Skirt

    This is the first of two Reed Skirts I've recently made. We love options here at Grainline and the Reed is no exception. With the interchangeabil...
  • How I Made It: Jen's Tamarack Society Jacket Alterations

    On Monday I shared finished pics of my Tamarack Jacket variation, but today I'm going to talk about how I made it. This isn't really a tutorial, m...
  • Jen's Tamarack Society Jacket

    If you've been following along with us for a while, you'll remember back in September 2018 when we started the Tamarack Society Sew-Along. I had g...
  • Calling All Pattern Testers!

    It's been a busy 2 years here at Grainline Studio as we launched our new size range and are working to develop new patterns as well as translate o...
  • All About our Pattern Essentials Tool Kits

    Last week we launched a product that we've been wanting to offer for a long while now, our Pattern Essentials Tool Kits! We put a lot of thought i...
  • Lexi's Uniform Dress

    Today I'm sharing my Uniform Tunic that I've made into a Uniform dress. Im amazed by how versatile this pattern is! In addition to the different ...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Buttons & Buttonholes

    Today is the last day in our Thayer Sew-Along and we'll be inserting our buttonholes and setting our buttons. In this version we're using jeans but...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Collar

    We're in the home stretch – today we'll be assembling and attaching the Thayer Collar! If you need to catch up on any sew-along steps, you can view...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Lining the Jacket

    The time has come to line our Thayer Jackets! I think this is the most exciting part of the process, and one of the most magical! There's a small a...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Assembling the Lining

    The next step in our Thayer Sew-Along is to assemble our linings. This varies slightly based on which pattern you're working from. The 14 – 30 D-cu...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Assembling the Shell

    In today's Thayer Sew-Along post we'll be assembling the shells of our jackets. This means we'll be sewing up the sleeves, shoulder seams, setting ...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Assembling the Back

    Our fronts are finished and now it's time to make the back of our Thayer Jackets! This is a relatively quick and straightforward post after Wednesd...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Sewing the Pockets

    Today we'll be working on both sets of pockets – the inseam yoke pockets and the patch pockets. The post is divided up into two parts to make it mo...
  • Our Top Tips for Professional Topstitching

    The Thayer Jacket requires a lot of topstitching so today we'll be discussing some of our favorite topstitching tips before we dive into tomorrow's...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Assembling the Fronts

    We've done all our prep and today we get to start sewing! Originally we had planned to include all of the steps to complete the front jackets in on...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: A Guide to Cutting

    Alright, it's time to cut our Thayer Jackets! We've laid out a guide below for you to refer to as you cut to make sure you've got everything you ne...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Pattern Adjustments

    Today in the Thayer Sew-Along we're going to discuss a few common pattern adjustments. We'll start with blending between sizes, cover lengthening ...
  • Lexi's Floral Thayer Jacket

    I may be biased but I love the Thayer jacket! This is one of my favorite pieces I've ever made. It's quick and fun to sew up and the finished prod...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Choosing a 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...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Supply List

    1. Thayer Jacket Pattern: You can purchase the Thayer Jacket pattern as a printed pattern or PDF here. 2. Fabric: For the Thayer you'll need 3 ty...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Fabric Selection & Inspiration

    Today we're going to talk about fabric selection for the Thayer Jacket. The Thayer calls for three fabrics plus interfacing, I'll walk you through ...
  • 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?...
  • 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...
  • 5 Essential Serger Tips for a Healthy Happy Machine

    Lately it seems like sergers are getting more and more attention as an essential part of a home sewing machine lineup, and rightly so! Sergers not...
  • Tips + Tricks | for sewing with silk

    Silk… the only fabric that has its own adjective; of or resembling silk, especially in being soft, fine and lustrous. It elevates garments from ca...
  • 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...
  • Organizing PDF Patterns & Instructions

    It's taken me a long time to get my PDF pattern organization and storage to a place where I feel it really works for me. For a while I kept them i...
  • French Seams on Various Seam Allowances

    As a follow up to Monday's post on French seams I wanted to post how to deal with seam allowances that differ from my tutorial since I've gotten a...
  • Madewell Scout Variation: Pattern Tutorial

    As promised, here is the first tutorial in making the Scout Tee Madewell variation. I broke this down into two sections because it was getting ...
  • Cutting Fabric Folded vs. Flat

    I was cutting out this sweatshirt over the weekend and ended up trying a few different layouts before I settled on the one that worked. I thought...
  • Grainline Studio x Britex | Tips for Choosing & Working with Wool Coating

    I know that sewing a full on winter coat can seem a bit intimidating but they really are a most rewarding project, and one of my favorite things t...
  • Tips & Tricks | Archer Yoke on the Bias

    A quick little tip for your plaid Archers if you'd like to cut your outer yoke on the bias, consider cutting the inside yoke on the straight grai...
  • Pattern Tutorial | Long Sleeved Scout Variation

    Okay, are you all ready for the tutorial portion of this variation? Here we go! Crazy patterned tights are optional, you will need the Scout Tee p...
  • Pattern Tutorial | Full Length Kat Variation

    Turning the Kat Dress into a floor length dress without colorblocking like this version is really pretty easy. As far as the bodice you're going t...
  • 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 m...
  • 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!)

    I am super excited to post my first ever video tutorial and for my all time favorite sewing technique, chaining! Seriously I am obsessed with chai...
  • 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...
  • 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 c...
  • 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...
  • Scout Full Back Pattern Tutorial

    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...
  • 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

    If you've ever found yourself swearing at your machine trying to finish the neckline of a silk garment, here's a tip for you. Use lightweight inter...
  • 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...