What’s better than making a super comfortable awesome tee? Making a FREE super comfortable awesome tee!
I’m late to the party, but I finally downloaded and sewed a Grainline Hemlock Tee. Better late than never, right?
It’s a one-size-fits-most pattern that’s suitable for beginners. It’s hard to tell from the crazy print I used, but the shoulder seams are dropped low so it’s nice and roomy in the armpit area. I stress sweat a lot (ew, TMI, sorry… not sorry) so this tee works very well for airing me out!
This pattern basically consists of sewing rectangles together, which makes for easy seam matching and no fiddly “real” shoulder seams.
While it may not be the most flattering shirt around, it sure is comfortable and works well with skinny jeans. It also works really well with hiding a tummy full of pizza, Chick-fil-A, beer… what have you.
The fabric is a jersey knit from GirlCharlee.com and turned out more see-through than expected. I have to wear a white tank top underneath, but that’s not raining on my Hemlock parade. I usually shy away from super crazy bright prints, but now that I’m sewing my own clothes, I can control the amount of crazy and pair the fabric with a suitable pattern. Ah, the joys of home sewing!
I have a black and grey striped knit set aside for my next Hemlock. I love the striped versions I’ve seen from other sewists so naturally I have to be a copycat. It might have to wait until the fall to be constructed because the temperatures keep rising here and the thought of making a long-sleeved tee right now kills me.
For my next version, I’m thinking of making the back a little longer for a scooped hem. Or high-low hem. Or mullet hem. Whatever terminology floats your boat. A little more booty coverage means it can be worn with leggings and I am all about that.
There’s not a whole lot more to say about the Hemlock except repeating that it’s a great pattern! And the fact that it only takes a couple of hours to cut and sew doesn’t hurt, either.
So tell me…
…have you made the Hemlock or another Grainline pattern? I have the Tiny Pocket Tank, Maritime Shorts, and Scout Tee just waiting to be traced and made into something from my Japanese fabric stash!