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Jaime's Soft + Subtle Hadley

Way back in February, I had the pleasure of taking a natural dyeing class with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers and I dyed some yardage of raw silk. I used tannin, walnut and Brazilwood to dye this and the result is this pale pinky-beige. I love it - it is one of my favorite colors. It took me a while to finally cut into this special fabric, but when the newest Grainline Studio pattern was released, I knew it was time.

Hadley Top by Grainline Studio in Raw Silk

Pattern: Hadley Top by Grainline Studio
Size Made: 4
Fabric: Raw Silk Noil
Modifications: none

Raw Silk Noil

I know you guys can't have this fabric that I naturally dyed with Maura at Quiltcon, but readers, rejoice! We have this same raw silk fabric in tons of colors. It is soo good. Sewing with this fabric was a dream. It doesn't slip like a refined silk, and it eases beautifully. I'm so glad we are now stocking this in so many colors. I will for sure be working with this fabric again. 

Jaime's Hadley TopNatually Dyed Raw Silk Hadley

Hadley is a beautifully made pattern. There are many options including sleeves or sleeveless and v-neck or round neck. The best part? Facings. Guys, I love facings. I didn't think I did, but I'm a convert. It was so easy to finish the neck and armholes and they look amazing with no stitching showing. The hem is the best. The faced hem gives it a heaviness that makes the whole top drape beautifully. There are nice details like top-stitching along the front and back middle seam. Overall, the construction and cut give this top a sophistication that makes it ideal for a night out. 

Grainline Studio Hadley Top

My naturally dyed silk Hadley is perfect. I love it. 

Jaime Jennings in her Hadley Tank

Comments on this post (1)

  • Mar 12, 2018

    Thanks for this. My daughter and I are both petite, small-busted women who definitely avoid wearing anything with darts. I’m curious whether you eliminated the darts in your Fen dresses. I’m about to sew a Fen for myself and would love to know.

    — Elizabeth McCarten

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