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Summer and Winter Grainline Hemlock Tees

One weekend before my European vacation, I went on a Hemlock sewing binge to work through some of my old fabric stash. I made 2 tunics to wear with leggings (already shared here) and a short-sleeved and long-sleeved variation.

Here’s my short-sleeved one, which is really just the bodice with no sleeves attached:

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I still had some of this super-drapey grey heathered jersey left from my Disney Plantains and the Hemlock is a perfect top for it.

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The only alteration I made was the bring the side sleeve notches/armpit area up by 1 1/2 inches so you wouldn’t be able to peek at my bra underneath when I raise my arms.

img_9126I’ve been loving all of the Penny Raglans that have been popping up in the sewing blogosphere (Sallie-Oh and Mads, I’m looking at you!). But I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on such a simple pattern when I could make my own knock-off with the free Hemlock pattern. I know they have their differences, and let’s be honest, I’ll probably end up buying all of the Grainline patterns eventually because I have finally taken the bait and realized how amazing they really are for wardrobe staples. But for now, let me enjoy my Penny knock-off!

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I’ve worn this pretty much every weekend since I made it. It’s perfect for throwing on and running errands, or just chilling at the house. I need more “flowy” shirts in my wardrobe because Tucson stays hot for about 8 months out of the year and I learned close-fitting tees just aren’t good for ventilation!

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von P: “What’s mom doing?”Β  Caroline: “Shhhh… Just smile, nod, and walk away…”

This would also make a good fall transition piece by layering a cardigan over it with skinny jeans and boots. But alas, we are not even close to fall here as the temperatures sky-rocketed to the mid-90’s last week. WHYYYYY TUCSON, WHYYYYYYY?!!

When Tucson decides to cool down and not feel like the 7th layer of hell anymore, I’m ready to get cozy with my long-sleeved sweater knit version of the Hemlock:

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I added an extra inch or so to the sleeves so they would be full-length instead of the originally drafted bracelet length.

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I brought this on my vacation and it was perfect since the temps in Europe are *ahem* where they are supposed to be for this time of year!

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The fabric is from SAS (as was the grey jersey above) and is a mid-weight sweater knit. It sewed up beautifully and is very comfortable to wear. This was sitting in my stash for probably 3 or 4 years, so I’m glad I dug it out and finally did something with it!

And, as usual, I was starting to run out of ideas for poses, so I busted out my trusty “high fashion model” pose:

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And some kind of celebratory dance thing for making something so easy, fast and comfortable that frees up some space in my sewing cabinet for MORE FABRIC.

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I’m thinking I’ll have another version of the Hemlock in the works before too long. Is this going to be my new “Moneta?” So far I’m at 5 Hemlocks, so only 3 more to go until I match my Moneta-making obsession!

Are you a fan of the Hemlock? How many ways have you made it or seen it made?

-RED

P.S. BONUS PICS! I attempted to take some blog-worthy photos in Strasbourg, France while wearing my sweatshirt Hemlock and Ginger Jeans. Enjoy!

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A random mural while walking around town
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Much love for the huge wine barrels ❀
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17 thoughts on “Summer and Winter Grainline Hemlock Tees

  1. That’s a legit blog photo there on the corner! I haven’t tried Hemlock–I’m very unadventurous with sleeve shapes. I like fitted plain sleeves of varying length and that’s about it. But I love other shapes on other people, and I could see the dropped shoulder looking really cool in stripes if you changed the direction…

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    1. I’ve been watching America’s Next Top Model on Hulu and I’m probably going to branch out and steal some of their ideas/poses. But when in doubt, awkward knees bent, hands on stomach pose with fish face!

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  2. Bahahaha your chickens are so funny. “MOM STOP IT YOU ARE SO EMBARRASSING OMG.” =) I always love seeing them pop up in your pics!

    Love your tees! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to just hack this pattern into the baggy short-sleeved t-shirt muumuu of my dreams, but thank you for showing that Hemlock can be versatile! (And I hadn’t realized the original sleeves were bracelet length, so thanks for mentioning that!) The gray jersey you used is giving me serious fabric envy, too. ^__^

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    1. The chickies are pretty hilarious – it’s fun watching them play “chicken football” when one catches a bug and the other tries to steal it.

      T-shirt muumuus are the bomb! That gray jersey is the shiz. No pilling, super comfy… yeah I wish I had more of it! πŸ™‚

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