Oh hello there! Here I’m again! It’s been a long while since my last post and probably you thought I quit sewing! While life has been pretty hectic, I’ve tried to sew as many garments as I could manage in my rare spare time and I’m surprised by how different my lifestyle has become since we’re back in Italy. In Australia I used to wear basically just summer clothes, because of the tropical climate I lived in, but here it’s way cooler and summer has yet to come, so my wardrobe needed a desperate update.
With the arrival of spring, or I should say with the end of this ridiculously warm and snowless winter, I’ve packed away all my handknit sweaters and made room in my closet for some lighter pullovers. Problem was I had none! The Hemlock Tee, a free pattern from Grainline Studio, is exactly what I was looking for – easy breezy to make, relaxed fit and super comfy!
For the first one, I’ve used an unknown lightweight cotton of some sort, in one of my (at the moment) favorite color, military green. The fabric has already started to pill, but I love this tee and nothing will stop me from wearing it!
The only changes I made to the pattern, were a 1/2″ forward shoulders adjustment and lengthening the sleeves to reach my wrists. Looking at it, probably the Hemlock looks better the way it’s designed, with 3/4 sleeves, to balance the boxiness of the body.
For my second Hemlock, I’ve used an awesome royal blue and nude striped linen I’ve bought in Florence. For this one, I’ve gone back to the original sleeve length and I’m very happy with it. Even if I’ve pre-washed the fabric, this linen knit stretched a fair bit and the tee is now quite longer than the green one, but I’ll see once I wash it again what happens.
I didn’t bother too much about matching the stripes along the side and sleeves seams, they were way too many and too small!
I’ve sewn up both version straight away on my overlocker and used the sewing machine with a twin needle just for the hems and to topstitch the neckband. As I said, this pattern goes together very quickly and you can have a brand new top in just an hour!
The Hemlock is a great piece for layering and I love to wear it with skinny pants. There are already few more up high on my to-make list and I really want to sew a sleeveless version in some lightweight woven fabric, like rayon of silk. I think it would be great for summer.
That’s all for today, be ready for more tees because I’ve made heaps and can’t wait to show you! And thanks you Jen for such a great free pattern!