Well it turns out I’m obsessed with two things at the moment: knits and Grainline Studio patterns. So obviously this had to happen some day – the Hemlock tee by Grainline Studios.
The Hemlock is a free pattern (gotta love those, right?) with only 4 pieces (plus neckband). And only 4 seams to sew. Pretty much a winner all the way.
I did go a bit rogue. The pattern calls for light weight knits but I wanted to eat into some of my stash so went for this heavy-ish terry. Bold.
The first version was quite boxy and heavy so I cut some of the fabric away at the front to create a slight curved hem. Less bulkiness around my middle section is always a win.
I also left the sleeves and bottom edge unhemmed. The drape on this fabric is so lovely and soft I didn’t want to go messing it up with bulky seams.
I’m so looking forward to wearing this in the spring (because surely it can’t be winter forever). A “I kinda just want to stay in my pjs all day” look without actually staying your pjs. Score.
So now that I’m well and truly in the knitted top appreciation society (come join me – its a fun club) I’m super keen to get some more sews under my belt.
Have you been sewing with knits lately? Any great patterns you could recommend?
Pattern: The hemlock tee – a free pattern (!) from Grainline Studio.
Fabric: a thickish terry knit, bought from Minerva Crafts a year or so ago. There’s a printed slub effect going on which I really love.
Did you make any changes or alterations?
I skipped hemming the arm and bottom edge as I wanted to keep that beautiful drape.
It wasn’t in the instructions, but I stay stitched the neckline. I’ve become a huge fan of stay stitching knits (especially around the the neckline) I find it helps stop the knit from stretching out of shape when you add the neckband.
I also added clear elastic tape along the shoulder seams inside the seam allowance. This fabric has pretty much 0 recovery so I wanted something to help stop the weight of the arm pieces from stretching out the neckband.
What are you most proud of?
I’m quite pleased with the high-low hem. Originally, I sewed this up with a straight hem, but the fabric has such a beautiful drape I wanted to enhance it. So I cut 3″ off the centre front and curved the hem to the back.
What will you do differently next time?
I’ve already got my eye on some suitable jersey for hemlock number 2 – a lovely pineapple print viscose jersey. This is much lighter than the terry I used, so it’ll be interesting to see what effect I get with this.
I’d like to avoid the neckline slipping over my shoulder like this one is prone to do. So I think a bit of a neckline redraft is in order – something more similar to this Union St tee.