It’s a fact. When the going gets tough, the tough make mustard hemlock tees.
As you can guess, my sewing mojo has been taking a battering lately. I’ve been making a pair of jeans – my first ever – and they’ve been a lot more challenging than I thought. A ‘let’s play how many times I can mess up the pockets’ kind of challenging. Sigh.
So I really needed a quick and easy pattern to give me a win while the jeans and I are on a trial separation.
And what a great pattern for reviving frayed nerves, eh? I’ve made a hemlock before, so I kinda already knew she’d be gentle on me.
This time I slimmed the pattern down and shortened it (details below for those wanting the full spec). The resulting fit is exactly what I was looking for – slouchy without swamping me. Score.
This little side project had reminded me how great the drafting is on the Hemlock. I’m definitely tempted to use the hemlock as a base for a few other sweaters and such.
So, that’s me lately. Failed jean pockets but solid mustard sweaters. Have you been working anything that’s been sapping or reviving your sewing mojo?
Pattern: Grainline hemlock tee (it’s free!)
What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?
From previous experience, I know that the hemlock comes out a little large on me, so I removed 2 inches from the length (at the lengthen/shorten line). I also shaved 1 1/2 inches from the side seams (I.e. not the fold line side) of both the front and back pattern pieces. Now it fits like a perfect, slouchy glove.
What did you learn?
I definitely feel a lot braver about altering a pattern ‘in the flat’. Whoop whoop.
What are you most proud of?
The neckband makes me pretty happy. I love how it came out. I got a lot of compliments on it on Instagram – which is probably more to do with sewers being such nice people and not my mad sewing skills to be fair!
What will you do differently next time?
I like the neckline and know the more open shape fits with the relaxed vibe of the hemlock, but I’d be interested to see if I could draft the neckline to be a bit more crew neck.