Slouchy, boxy Hemlock Tee, I LOVE thee. How much do you love thee? This much… times infinitely!
Yes, it was love at first sight.
The very awesome Jen from Grainline Studio released a free pattern yesterday. The Hemlock Tee is a singled sized, boxy tee. The moment I set eye on this pattern, and without waiting for the instructions (which are now available here), I got to work!
There were a few ‘new for me’ things on this project. I used my twin needles to top stitch the neckline. I’m really pleased with how it looks and will be using this technique again.
Recently, I’ve become rather obsessed with using stay tape when sewing with knits (think reinforcing shoulder seams and hems), but as this was a slouchy tee, I decided to try without. And readers, I have to tell you, it was fine. Not a wavy hems in sight!
My final experiment was to daringly do away with my walking foot. I religiously use a walking foot when sewing stripes, and particularly, striped jersey. Jen has designed the pattern with 3/8 inch seam allowances, it’s made for overlocking, so overlock I did! I have to say, I’m really impressed with how well the stripes match. Okay, there was a bit of pinning, but still, it was very painless. I failed to get a photo of the side seams (sorry about that), but look, a mostly matching shoulder seam.
Pattern: Grainline Studio’s Hemlock Tee (free pattern & online instructions)
Size: One size
Fabric: Super soft striped grey and red viscose/elastine jersey from from The Ark Haberdashery
Alterations: Shortened the sleeves by 3 1/4 inches. Shortened the hem by 2 1/4 inches. In the interest of helping you all understand the fit, my bust and hips are both 39 inches and I’m 5 foot, 5 1/2 inches tall.