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