I bought this fabric at Joann’s a while ago. I believe it’s a double knit, as it is striped on one side and polka dots on the other. I have a thing for stripes. If I could wear all stripes I probably would. Well, that may be a little bit of an exaggeration, but I do like stripes. I knew I wanted to make t shirt of some sort, but I was thinking a boxier style would fit this fabric better than a more fitted tee. There are actually quiet a few free tee patterns by some of the bigger Indie designers. I decided to go with the Grainline Hemlock Tee because it is a boxy style and looked pretty easy.
Printing and assembling this PDF pattern was very simple, as its a one size pattern. That means no tracing! When sewing a PDF pattern, I always print/trim/assemble, then trace the size I want to make. I don’t want to have to go through the whole process again if I need to make a size change after sewing the pattern, so tracing seems to be the best way to leave the PDF as a master. At any rate, with a one size pattern, there is no tracing!
I had to make a few modifications to make it wearable. I looked to a favorite ready to wear shirt that I have in my closet. It seemed to be made with a similar construction and shape, so I used it to make a few mods. If I was a better blogger, I would have taken a picture of what it looked like before I made my mods. Trust me, it was pretty bad. I might be a little small to use a one size fits all pattern, and not have it look like I just dropped a sheet over myself and called it done.
I shortened the sleeves, the overall length, and decided to do a high low hem. After shortening the sleeves, they seemed very floppy and loose, so I tapered them from the underarm to the new hemline; using my RTW shirt as a guide.
Overall with the modifications I made, I think the shirt fits pretty well. I like the loose/boxy fit. I’m almost a little sad that I chose to use the stripes side. There are fun polka dots hiding just inside this crazy shirt!
Also, on a side note, blogging is hard. Taking pictures of yourself, or having your husband take them, and then realizing none of them really turned out well enough to blast them out to the interwebs. Wondering, “Do I really look like that?” “What’s happening with my hair?” and a million other things that you’re probably better off not worrying about. That’s the part that is slowing me down!
Pattern: Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studios
Fabric: Double Knit from Joann’s
Size: One Size fits all with Mods