Grainline Studio hemlock

The perfect sweater knit hemlock tee

Grainline Studio hemlock tee

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.

Grainline Studio hemlock tee

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.

 Grainline Studio hemlock tee

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!)

Fabricmustard slub knit from Minerva Crafts

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.

  1. Reply

    This looks so good! I saw it on your Instagram & instantly wanted to buy that fabric – off to order some now! Sorry you're having such trouble with your jeans, I hope you get them finished soon!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Kathryn! Let me know how your mustard slub project goes. I really thought it was a great fabric to work with – and such a great colour!

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    Susie Mazur

    It's gorgeous, I love mustard yellow too! I've also taken a hiatus from a dress, it's a simplicity amazing fit pattern where you baste everything together first, so much unpicking has driven me mad!

    1. Reply

      It's soooo frustrating, right? I hope your dress mojo comes back!

  3. Reply

    Looks great on you. If I could sew I would definitely knock a few of those up for some winter layering.

    1. Reply

      Thanks Michelle – I thought this would be right up your street!

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    Jennifer Hill

    Gorgeous outfit! Jen

    1. Reply

      Thanks Jen – the bottoms are starting to show some wear – so the sooner I finish those jeans the better!

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    Aran Lovs

    Ooooh! i´ts perfect! I love it and I love mustard color too! It fits you like a glove and now I feel envy hahaha so I´m thinking about sewing my own hemlock tee!!

    Aran 🙂

    1. Reply

      You should definitely give it a try – it's an excellent pattern!

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