Striped Grainline Hemlock Tee

DSC_0358I 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.

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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!

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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

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Gallery Tunic

I found the Liesl + Co brand through Oliver + S.  When I first started sewing I would see so many cute kids clothes that were made from the Oliver + S pattern line. I have since sewn two Oliver + S patterns, the Fairy Tale dress for C, and the Art Museum Vest for L. This past fall I started dipping my toes further into garment sewing, and made two Everyday Skirts for myself.  I loved making the skirts.  I think it is actually the easiest PDF pattern I have ever assembled, and the skirt comes together easily and looks very tailored.  The Gallery Tunic is the first top I have made for myself from the brand.

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I really enjoyed sewing this top. I first made a muslin in a size 4; however it was much too big. I retraced the pattern in the size 2 and it fits much better. The shoulders and arms fit well, with out being tight. There is a pleat in the back that allows for some movement without being constricting.  My fear with sewing woven shirts is always that the shoulders and arms will be too tight, and I won’t be able to move around comfortably.  I’m about 5’1″, so I do a lot of reaching during the day!

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I chose to sew View A, the tunic length, with the collar and long sleeves from View B.  Everything came together nicely, however my placket and collar are a little stiff.  In looking back over my materials, I think the interfacing I used was just slightly too heavy.  Live and learn.  I am hoping it will soften as I wear and wash it more.

Being relatively new to garment sewing, I am always curious about what the insides of finished pieces look like.  I almost gave up sewing completely when I made a dress for my daughter a few years ago.  The inside was a hot mess!  I have since researched many finishing techniques, and most importantly, discovered a serger.  I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be attempting a handmade wardrobe without one.  Just for reference, or incase you are curious too, here is a shot of the inside of my tunic.
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I sewed this with Robert Kaufman Gingham in Navy.  Looking over the pictures, I realize that I forgot to add the buttons to the sleeve bands…ooops!  I guess I’ll be starting February off with a little finishing work!

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Pattern: Gallery Tunic by Liesl + Co

Fabric: Robert Kaufman Carolina Gingham

 

Hudson Pants and a Hat

I’ve grown less timid around knits, but still hesitate a bit when it comes to sewing with them. I really need to work on getting over this since most of my ready to wear clothes are knits, especially tops.

These Hudson Pants are one of the first knit garments that I’ve sewn for myself. I have to say, I love these pants!  They are very similar to my favorite pair of sweat pants. And I love sweat pants. I really do my best to act like a grown up, and not leave the house in sweat pants.  However, sometimes I find myself at the grocery store at 9:30pm, in my sweat pants.  I know it’s happened to you too.

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I have seen so many great pair of Hudson Pants, that I had to try the pattern myself.  I am about 5’1″, around 110 lbs, and have about at 37″ hip measurement.  This put me squarely in the size 4.  I sewed the pattern exactly as is, without any modifications.  I have fairly long legs for my relatively small height, so I think the length was fine.  I could have *maybe* shortened them by about an 1″, but I think the extra length is fine here.  It will keep my ankles nice and toasty in all this snow.  Not that I’ll be wearing these outside…

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Maybe you noticed that it snowed? A lot? Yes, indeed it did!  These pictures were taken in my In Laws back yard, amidst a snowball fight.  Don’t you think that is the best way to take pictures for a sewing blog?

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The hat was a quick fun knit from Very Shannon, called Landslide.  I used Quarry from Brooklyn Tweed that I bought on a whim the last time I was at Fibre Space, the most awesome local yarn shop.

Pattern: Hudson Pant by True Bias

Fabric: Stretch French Terry from Imagine Gnats (looks like my awesome red is sold out, but there is still some basic colors)

Hat Pattern: Landslide Hat

Yarn: Quarry by Brooklyn Tweed in Gypsum