Pattern Review

A Farrow Dress in Euclid

Here at Urban Spools, we’re huge fans of every pattern that comes out of the powerhouse pattern company, Grainline Studio. Their patterns always feature a simple wearable silhouette  with clever design elements that elevate the garment with details that can’t be found in store-bought garments. Their latest pattern, the Farrow dress, is no exception to the amazing garment patterns that we’ve come to expect.

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It’s simple A-line silhouette makes it a flattering addition to any wardrobe and the fact that it can be made with sleeves or without makes it a great transitional piece. The simple shape also makes it a great option to make a bold statement with your favorite large-scale prints, or use smaller, more neutral, prints for a dress you’ll be sure to get a lot of wear out of.

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Pattern: Farrow Dress Pattern by Grainline Studios

Fabric: Hustle Cadet from Euclid by Carolyn Friedlander

Time Required: 3 Hours total

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I decided to use a print from Carolyn Friedlander’s Euclid collection, which has been a consistent favorite of mine since she released it this summer. The cotton/linen blend makes it the perfect weight for this pattern and gives the dress a beautiful drape. I love how the geometric shapes in the print complement the A-line silhouette of the dress and angular details.

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My favorite detail of the dress is how the front of the dress is constructed in four pieces that come together in a triangular shape, making pockets in the process. I’m a huge fan of practical pockets, so I was happy to discover that they’re even big enough to hold a phone! It’s a unique construction that I’ve never seen before, and it was really magical to see how it came together as I was sewing it. I even added some extra topstitching to make sure that this unique detail didn’t get lost in the print.

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Another thing that made the construction of this Farrow dress a complete joy was the Quilter’s Select thread that I used throughout the project. Often overlooked, thread can really make or break your sewing experience and I can honestly say that while this was my first time sewing with this brand of thread, it will not be my last. It was incredibly smooth and strong and even put up with my speed-demon tendencies on the sewing machine!

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I hope you’re able to add one, or several, Farrows into your closet because they’re sure to be a favorite in your handmade wardrobe. This dress came together so quickly that I can’t wait to make more in all of my favorite fabrics!

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-Fiona

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