This simple long sleeve tee – aka the Hemlock – is WAAAAAYYY at the bottom of my “sewables” pinterest board. Which means its been on my to-sew list for quite some time. Well I finally decided to take the opportunity to whip one up when I *accidentally* bought this super soft sweater knit from fabric.com. (by accidentally I mean that I added this fabric to my purchase after perusing the sale section so I could qualify for free shipping 😀 )
WHY!!?? My dear sewing friends WHY did I wait so long to sew up this quick and easy pattern? Probably because I was a little bit scared of knits, I’m not going to lie. Well lets suffice it to say that after ample research on serger tension settings and the completion of this project my fear has completely subsided! This pattern rocks my socks off. And I know have a new favorite cozy tee to schlep around the house in for colder months!
The pattern is called the Hemlock Tee (incase you aren’t already aware) and it’s by Jen at Grainline Studios. This is actually my second Grainline pattern to sew up – the first being my very favorite tiny pocket tank. It is a FREE downloadable ONE SIZE pattern… but I really do think this is a true “one size fits most” situation, especially in the right fabric. The pattern is only 3 pieces (4 counting the neckband) and sews up super fast. I think I made mine in about 2 hours.
Have we talked about how awesome Grainline Studio’s patterns are? I think Jen might be one of my current favorites on the indie patterns scene. Perhaps its a tie with Named. I have a few more Grainline makes on my mind for this year.. and some of them are already cut!
The only thing I’d do differently is maybe add a sleeve cuff next time. Or even just taper the sleeves at the wrist a bit. Perhaps its just this slinky fabric (or my birdlike arms), but my tee seems a bit sloppy in the sleeve area. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. I like the cozy, boxy-ness of the tee. It’s so simple and easy to wear with skinny jeans or some of those leather-y leggings.
Pattern: Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee
Fabric: Striped Sweater Knit
Difficulty: Super easy!
Finishes: Serged seams, blind stitched hem
Time: approx 2 hours
Sew it again? Yes! I even saw on Jen’s instagram that she tried the pattern with a woven! I’d love to experiment with this top in a silk!
Well dears, thats all for this weeks episode! Have you sewn the Hemlock before? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below. (p.s. I promise this is my last chilly weather tag-on post… moving on to warm weather projects with the rest of you!)
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