After making the lace Hemlock Tee last time, I knew I wanted to try making the sleeved version. It’s definitely fun to sew a pattern more than once! Knowing all the steps and fit makes it so much easier to customize the next one.
So I had gotten some of this beautiful knit from Cloud9 Fabrics after joining along in Rae’s Sidewalk Fabrics tour. They kindly sent me this gorgeous Peat color in their knits collection. I admit to kinda being obsessed with finding the perfect Raisin or Plum? color. For some reason the color is really appealing to me for garments. I think it goes with anything really well and it’s not super common, so maybe that’s why I’m hooked? Who knows. So if you know of any other great garment fabrics that look Raisin-y or Plum-esque give me a shout!
It’s also a super stable knit which is really nice to sew with. Even though I have a serger it’s really quite easy to make one of these in no time. No pesky rolling to deal with makes for pretty smooth sailing. For this version I used Jen’s Split Hem Tutorial which I love. It’s such a fun look and easy modification. I had to hold myself back at Target so many times because I would see a similar top or at least something with a split hem and *almost* throw it in my cart, but I’m so glad I resisted. Making my own was way more fun.
Next I think I’m either going to make a Linden Sweatshirt or a Willow Tank. It’s that time of year when you need all the layers you can get!
Pattern: Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Peat from Cloud9 Fabrics
I’m so excited about this finish! It was my daughter Natalie’s first quilt top that she’s made. She loves sewing little blankets and things for her stuffed animals, but this was the first time we spent time going over rotary cutting basics and piecing. We settled upon Alexia Abegg’s Print Shop fabric collection that I picked up at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts. We added a few other Cotton + Steel prints that I had in my stash. When I spotted the Swatch pattern for the first time I knew it would be a great one for Natalie to try!
She’s just a few weeks away from turning 11 and I think it was a great age to try piecing a simple quilt top. Natalie cut about half of the pieces, while I cut the other half. We worked together by taking turns pressing and starching our fabrics and then making the different cuts. It was super nerve-wracking for me to watch her with the rotary cutter, but I’m glad we did it together. Teaching her basic safety with the rotary cutter was super important to me. I’m glad she has a bit of that under her belt now.
So when it came to piecing the top I did the pressing and pinning for her. I suppose I could have had her do a bit of it, but she is pretty good at that already so I figured it would help move things along if she was able to focus on the actual sewing part. Getting a nice consistent seam allowance and troubleshooting any inconsistencies from cutting, etc. Overall it took maybe four different sessions of sewing for her to actually complete the quilt top. She would sit down on a no school day or early release day and sew for maybe 20 minutes or so? It wasn’t long in most cases and sometimes I admit there was a little bit of prodding. But I knew that if she finished it she would be so proud! So the other night she finished and we agreed that I’d piece the back, quilt, and bind it.
I had a blast watching her and we did have our moments, but it’s so fun to have her try a bigger quilt! The back was fun for me to piece as I finally used my much hoarded piece of Summersville (by Lucie Summers for Moda) which I thought paired so nicely with Print Shop! P.S. Lucie has an amazing shop of her designs and hand printed fabric, so if you love Summersville, go check it out! Anyway, while she was at school one day I quilt and bound the quilt. It was so fun to be secretly finishing it for her as I was able to surprise her with it when she got home from school. She loves it, took it upstairs right away to put it on her bed.
Pattern: Swatch by Alexia Abegg
Fabric: mostly Print Shop by Alexia Abegg for Cotton + Steel,
backing has Summersville by Lucie Summers plus scraps from Print Shop
Hello! I’m feeling the change of seasons a bit even though it’s been so cloudy and rainy here. It always gets me thinking about my wardrobe and what I can sew that’ll feel fun and new for Spring. I’m trying not to buy clothes as much as possible, especially when I have enough fabric and inspiration to sew my own!
This lace had been a super cheap score from my old Hancock Fabrics. They used to have these fold out tables once in a while piled high with all sorts of fun fashion fabrics. I scored many a cheap knit to use in those piles that’s for sure! This lace felt special though and I knew I’d have to figure out something to make with it. Fast forward at least five years to now and I finally found a perfect match. I’ve wanted to try a Hemlock top for a very long time now, it looks so cozy and appealing. So I was trolling the Hemlock inspiration on Pinterest when I stumbled back on Kelly’s (Cut Cut Sew) lace Hemlock. Of course I remember when she made hers (umm, three years ago!!) and I’m not sure why it didn’t click in my brain then, but it sure did this time!
It took hardly any time at all to sew. Actually, it took longer to take pictures and write this post than to make the top, so if you’re feeling inspired for Spring, this is a super satisfying project! I did take a few inches off the bottom and of course left off the sleeve. I ended up serging both front and back pieces on all sides before sewing and it went together so quick.
I’m excited to try one with sleeves next! Maybe with the split hem variation that Jen so kindly shared.
Pattern: Hemlock Tee by Grainline (free when you sign up for the Grainline newsletter,
the sign up link is on the right column of their website)
Fabric: mystery lace picked up at Hancock Fabrics