Last week I came across a free pattern by Grainline Studio, the Hemlock Tee. All you have to do is sign up for their newsletter and you get the free download! I was a little nervous because it comes in one size, so I thought that would have to grade it up to fit me. I watched tons of tutorials on the correct way of grading and even looked up Grainline Studio’s measurement chart so I could possibly try to find out which size I needed to make the pattern. The pattern only has 5 pieces, front, back, two sleeves, and the neckband, so I thought surely it can’t be hard.
I’ve had this stretch poly spandex blend fabric forever! I went through my stash the other week and decided I’m going to make something with it. I was determined, even though this is not the best apparel fabric, quality wise. So when I was grading I thought to myself, even if I mess up, I have enough of this pepto pink fabric to make two tees. I was looking up #hemlocktee on instagram to see what other people did, since the pattern download was only available in one size. Someone even had a baby bump and it fit her and looked great. Then I thought, you know, I’m just going to make it. So I did. Sometimes I feel like once a garment is finished, then I can see where I need to make an adjustment or if it is the right fit. Since this is a knit fabric, I felt like it was going to be very forgiving on fit.
I didn’t test my fabric to see the exact content of it. I have been wanting to play around with bleaching and dying techniques.
I decided to take a small sample and see if I could even bleach any of it without it turning into mush. It did lighten up a small about, but not to my liking. You can see it didn’t really change much in the picture above. I really wanted to do an ombre effect with the pink on top and have it fade to bleached out on the bottom.
Next time I will definitely try grading it up a few sizes, because I like my clothes to fit a little looser, and I will make the neckband a little longer.
I also used elastic stretch tape to re-enforce my armholes and my shoulder seams. This was my first time using the elastic stretch tape so I’m only assuming I did it correctly.
I only used this because my fabric was super stretchy. I can’t remember where I got it from, I’m guessing the fashion district in downtown LA, so I must’ve had it for around 3-4 years.
Verdict: I would totally make this again. This is a great casual tee. I would like to make several more in better fabrics.
Next time: I would probably not use my elastic tape because I would not be using that stretchy of a fabric. Also, I would like to grade this up to see if I can make it fit to more of my comfort zone. Also I would rather try doing a 3-thread serged stitch instead of a 4-thread stitch. I think it would be less bulky in the seams around my arm and probably lay nicer. Continue reading “Hemlock Tee- Grainline Studio”