I loved making this shirt – it comes together pretty quickly. It is super comfortable and boxy with an added girly ruffle, which I love. It is super easy to wear and great for wearing over leggings since it is a bit longer.
For my version I did not shorten the pattern even though that is something that I would typically do – I wanted it to be a bit longer. I love the way it came out!
If I’m being honest, I don’t remember much about making this shirt because I finished it in April of 2017 and I didn’t take good notes. These photos are also not super recent – currently Wisconsin does not look like this outside. However, I can tell you that I absolutely love this shirt. I used the Deer and Doe Melilot pattern. I really loved working with this chambray dot fabric (so much so that I immediately made a Willow tank with the leftover fabric).
I did shorten the shirt and I also graded up at the hips. My grading up at the hips may need to be smoothed out a bit in my next version – the angle of the waist shaping out to the hips is a little extreme now.
I’m not 100% sold on the way the sleeve cuffs flare out a bit but it looks like that is intentional. It also likely would not be so extreme in a drapier fabric. I think for my next version I would use a drapier fabric and make the long sleeve version of this pattern.
I love this pattern and fabric combination because it feels a little bit dressier than other tops while still being casual enough to wear on a normal day. It is pretty classic with some more modern details which make me feel trendy and put together while still being a wardrobe staple which will get a lot of wear.
I got this amazing cloud sweater knit from Blackbird fabrics with the intension of making a Hemlock. I wasn’t really sure when I got the fabric that it was going to be a good fit. I was worried that the color is too close to my skin tone and that the boxiness of the Hemlock would add to the unflattering nature. I then saw a someone in real life wearing a sweater in a very similar color with extreme side vents and I new that was the added touch that would keep the Hemlock interesting.
I used the same pattern as my split hem version but I only sewed the side seams a couple of inches. When I sewed the hem I pivoted and sewed up one leg of the vent, pivoted and sewed a couple of stitches across the seam to the back, sewed down the back leg of the vent and then pivoted and sewed the back hem. It came together pretty quickly.
I’ll likely wear it with tank tops underneath. I’m thinking that I’d wear striped tank tops for more interest or lacy tank tops like I have on here. I also could just wear it with high waisted jeans but I have yet to actually do that.
The fabric is a Robert Kaufman Harringbone flannel. It is a bit thicker than the other flannels I’ve used which will be perfect for Wisconsin Winter. I used the same modifications from my first version. The bust is a size 0 graded out to a size 6 at the hips. The arms are shortened by 1/2 inch.
This happens to be the second annual flannel archer photo shoot while apple picking. Hopefully this will be a yearly tradition since I can definitely see myself wanting a new flannel button up every year.
I’ve made so many Grainline Studio patterns that at this point it seemed like a little ridiculous that I hadn’t tried the Hemlock Tee considering that it is a free pattern!
I did, however make a few changes to the pattern. I started by shortening the font and back pieces by 2 inches which is what I typically do for all of my tops (I’m 5′ 1 1/2″). I then followed the Grainline Studio tutorial on the split hem variation. I shortened the front an additional inch and I used an inch and a half hem line. I also lengthened the sleeves and tapered them in at the wrists.
I used a sweater knit which I got from the imagine gnats shop. I love the fabric but the strings do get caught in my cats claws and I have to pull the threads in again with a crochet hook.
I actually finished this project a while back and I’ve gotten a bunch of wear out of it. I’m wearing it here just with rtw jean shorts but I typically wear this with leggings in slightly cooler weather. I’m excited for fall so I can start wearing this more often again!
These photos were taken on a camping trip in Door County, WI. I love camping there and this year we had great weather. I particularly loved all of the tiny bright colored things.
I’m on a quest to make a tank top that finally actually fits me. I’m not quite there with this version but I’m really excited about this tank top! It may not seem like anything special but every single tank top I own does not fit me correctly. They all end up rolling up/ bunching up at my waist. Because I’m pair shaped, I buy tank tops that fit the top half of my body. However, they end up being too tight around my waist. At the beginning of the day the tank top stays in place. As I move around throughout the day the tank top shifts up and it just keeps shifting higher and higher until it is completely at my waist. This tank top does not do that!!!
I used the Christine Haynes Rumi Tank pattern. I graded out from a size 4 at the bust to a size 10 at the hips. I honestly feel like there may be too much fabric at the hips. I want it to lay a bit closer to my body so I can tuck it in to jeans and layer it without any bunching.
There is definitely something going on in the back. For my next version I think I’m going to try a sway back adjustment. I’ve never attempted to do this, especially on a t-shirt/tank top but I think it will solve the issue and it is an adjustment that I’ll need eventually so I might as well start with my next Rumi!
This is my second version of the Grainline Studio Willow tank. My first version was made from a voile and was a non-cropped length, and I really like both versions. For this version I used dotted chambray from Robert Kaufman. I love this fabric and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this tank.
In addition to raising the bust darts a bit more on my next version I also might try a slight sway back adjustment. It really doesn’t bother me at all but the back is not laying quite right. I don’t think it will make too much of a difference because the tank is already cropped but I do think it will help.
I’m also wearing my high waisted Ginger Jeans. I really like this combination but I honestly don’t know if I have a lot of other bottoms that would work well with this tank. Most of my other jeans are low rise. I could definitely wear this with a high waisted skirt, but a lot of my high waisted skirts not the right shape. Since the tank is pretty boxy I would want the skirt to add some shape.