Next up in my series, “A million things I have sewn and not yet blogged”: the Hadley Top by Grainline Studio!
This summer I realized I had hardly any tank tops. I don’t have issues with my arms (those babies gotta breathe!) but for some reason, I just hadn’t gotten around to sewing very many. Has anyone else discovered one of those weird unexplainable wardrobe black holes? I got so frustrated trying to pair separates on warmer days and needed to do something about it, stat. While I was wondering if I should finally jump on the Willow train, Grainline helpfully released the Hadley Top. I totally fell in love with the V-neck on Hadley; it’s deep and gently curved and is super, super flattering. Jen is truly a master at refining the perfect detail. While Grainline patterns are mostly on the simple-to-sew spectrum, the proportions and design lines are always spot on.
I sewed up this Hadley in a luscious, bouncy white linen I found locally (the shop was out the last time I tried to buy more. Lesson learned; always buy the bolt of perfect linen). I wanted something super rumply and soft to throw on with jeans and shorts, and I love love love the texture of white linen; it’s summer good times in a fabric.
I like the deep, curved hem and the topstitched center front and back seams of Hadley; they add a little architectural interest to a simple shape. I sewed up a size 10 but found it gaped a bit under the arm, so I ended up taking it in at the armscye to about a size 8, and then graded back to the 10 at the waist.
My only issue with the construction is the facings, which I have issues with generally; they’re always flip flopping around if they aren’t topstitched in place. In this case, the back arm facing was constantly peeking out, even after tacking it to the seams. It was driving me crazy until I finally handstitched everything down using tiny, invisible slip stitches. This means it doesn’t need to be pressed into shape after washing and can keep that rumpled, linen texture I love so much. Next time around I’ll draft an all in one facing like I did for my Farrow dress; it’s slightly trickier to sew but the facings stay put.
This is definitely a new summer staple for me; I’ve worn it a dozen or so time since it left my machine, and it saw a lot of action in France. It’s loose fitting but polished, so I always feel like I’m properly dressed even if I just throw a pair of shorts on. Also, I think it looks pretty fly paired with our Morgan Boyfriend Jeans. I tried to keep these samples unworn but I finally caved this summer and they’ve become my favourite pair.
Have you made the Hadley Top yet? Any other tank top suggestions for me? The season for it is ending but they’re always great to wear under cardigans (another black hole in my wardrobe I need to do something about…)