Pattern Reviews – Willow by Grainline Studio

I am on a bit of a mission to get my wardrobe more customized so as a result have been on a sewing spree again!  This time I am making things for me, not just for my kids!  I am really enjoying doing pattern reviews as well!

I bought this pattern from the gorgeous new shiny Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead.  It cost £18.  Inside you get a booklet with the pattern instructuons and the pattern itself.  This one is on very thin white tissue paper with blue print lines.  It’s fairly easy to use.  I trace all my patterns rather than cut them up to preserve them but also so that I can make multiple sized versions if need be.  Especially useful for kids patterns.

I had this beautiful Liberty fabric (top) from last years Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace which was perfect for the Willow top.  I then decided to cut out another one immediately!  This time I used beautiful green Flurry by Dashwood Studios.  I have this for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested – I have it in about 6 colour ways.

The two fabrics are quite different, the Liberty is lighter weight and therefore drapes differently.  The Flurry is a medium weight cotton which I actually prefer for summer tops and is a bit more structured without feeling stiff!

I made a standard size 14 which fitted pretty well. I may have to learn how to alter the position of the bust darts as it felt slightly wrong but not enough to really be a problem.  The instructions are easy to follow and clearly set out.














This top uses bias binding facing which was a new thing for me on adult clothing.  It is waaaay less fiddly than some of the facing methods and I really like the effect you get if you use a contrast fabric for the bias. I used the left over from the Dashwood Flurry to make the binding for the Liberty and I love it!

The pattern is graded as ‘easy’ and I would agree!  It was very quick to make which is great if you are short on time (or impatient!) As always I am tempted to go and try it in Jersey now.  Watch this space!






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