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  • 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 ...
  • Thayer Sew-Along: Inspiration

    All images in this post pulled from our Thayer Inspiration Pinterest Board Welcome to the first day of the Thayer Sew-Along! During the next few w...
  • Adding a Lining to the Reed Skirt

    We've gotten a few questions about adding a lining to the Reed Skirt and we're here today to answer that for you! It's quite easy and this tutorial...
  • Reed Sew-Along: Hemming and Finishing

    Today's the day, we're finishing up our Reed Skirts and I'm so excited! We'll be putting the buttons and button holes into Views A & B, popping...
  • Reed Sew-Along: View C & D Zipper & Waistband

    Today we'll be inserting the zipper and assembling & attaching the waistband of the View C & D Reed Skirts. There are a LOT of steps to thi...
  • 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 Patterns!

    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...
  • 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...