Grainline Studio Farrow Dress

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

Hi, guys! Hope you are all well! I’m really excited you to show you my new (by which I mean “month-old” dress) today! I haven’t been good at keeping up with blogging over the last year or so, but I didn’t want this dress to have the same fate as my beloved by never-blogged (or even Instagrammed, WHAT?!) Colfax dress and two Inari dresses (in case I never do blog them, know that I love both patterns and the end results quickly shot up the list to become most-worn garments).

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

This dress felt like a monumental achievement- I’ve wanted, for maybe 5 years now, to make a special Christmas dress, but every year I get too close to the holiday and run out of time. But when my semester ended a week before Christmas, I dropped everything and got to work on this dress! I’m so pleased that I had something fun and festive to wear on the holiday, but that it doesn’t seem too Christmas-y to wear all winter long.

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

This pattern is the Grainline Studio Farrow dress, which I find really cute and versatile. I really liked sewing it up- the pockets are constructed in a super clever way that was really satisfying to work through. The pattern pieces for the dress front look really untraditional, but they’re fun to stitch up. I made my usual 1/2″ narrow shoulder alteration, but otherwise sewed it up as is. For the next go-round I’d lengthen the sleeves just a bit, which is something I frequently do.

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

What WASN’T fun was sewing this dress up in plaid. Ahahahahaha… I was sewing on a deadline, so, obviously, the best thing to do was to use plaid for something with a center front seam and pockets sewn into a waist seam. Ooh boy… cutting this out took forever, and pinning it, and stitching it super slowly with my walking foot. OK, the whole thing was super slow! I matched the pieces for the dress front first, but then I started to get stressed about running out of fabric, so I eliminated the waist seam on the back pieces to conserve fabric and time.

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

The fabric is this Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel (Amazon affiliate link). I was digging around in my stash for something suitable in a sufficient quantity for this pattern, but when I had nothing, it dawned on me that I could use an Amazon gift card for fabric! It was really hard to decide which plaid to use, but I’m glad that I went with this one in the end. I really like the fabric- it’s very thick and squishy, with crepe-like twisted yarns that give it a nice textured feel. It’s very warm and nice, which I appreciate in a winter dress. It feels thicker to me than normal flannel, so keep that in mind if you are going to make something with lots of layers of fabric. I had to grade the seams really aggressively at some points, like where the center front seam meets the pockets, to keep things from getting too lumpy.

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

Overall, I’m really happy with this dress. It’s cozy and casual, but I can also imagine making a dressier version out of silk or wool crepe. Make one!

Grainline Studio Farrow Dress | Ginger Makes

The perils of shooting photos in the wind! πŸ™‚

49 responses

    • I’m right there with you! Every time I want to make a buttondown, I always want to make it in plaid, and then I’m gritting my teeth as I try to get it matched all the way across the shirt. πŸ˜€

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  1. Wow! Totally can’t tell there is a seam down the front. Great plaid matching! Love the dress, and how nice to have something so comfortable for holiday festivities. Super smart!

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  2. The plaid match is EVERYTHING! I love this pattern and keep going back and forth on buying it. This amazing dress is pushing me closer to the edge! Great job and girl you are crazy standing in the snow and the wind!

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  3. It’s amazing! Can’t believe you matched all those plaids… you have patience greater than I! So worth it though because it looks great.

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  4. Gorgeous in this plaid Ginger- that gray and red is so lovely. I’m a big fan of Grainline – I don’t have this one yet but it’s on my list for sure and seeing yours is a BIG nudge πŸ™‚

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  5. Beautiful! There’s nothing cozier than flannel (says the Canadian) and plaids seem even cozier than plain flannel. Your smile says how much you love wearing it. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  6. I never would have thought to buy fabric on Amazon, though I’m not sure why, since I buy so much other stuff there! The plaid matching is perfect, and choosing a more versatile fabric for a Christmas dress was brilliant.

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  7. I adore this dress! (Yours is the first version I’ve seen that makes me want to consider this pattern–it’s that cool!) What a great idea to make it in a plaid flannel, too: warm AND pretty. πŸ™‚ I am curious about whether you lined it…you know, for science*.

    *And by “science,” I mean “so that I can totally copy off of you and make a flannel tent-ish dress.”

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