A Stripey Hemlock Tee

Moving sucks.  Or probably more accurately- we suck at moving.  Long story short- somehow during this move the girls and I ended up in our new city living out of a hotel and our car for 4 days before my husband showed up with the moving truck.  And we still don’t have internet (I am writing this on my iPhone).  Aaaaaannnnndddd…..our place is filled with boxes (of what??? What is in all those boxes???) And I haven’t sewn in almost 2 weeks, serious withdrawals here 🙂  BUT- I love our new city, and our new place, and when we finally get unpacked I will have a sewing room!!!  In our old place I had a corner table in the living room.   And to ease my withdrawals I have been reading all of your blogs and ooooooing and aaaahing over your projects in a darkened hotel room as my girls were sleeping 🙂  And I have a project to share with you that I photographed on one of the last days before we left our old home… The Hemlock Tee from the awesome Jen at Grainline- it’s free, how cool is that?
DSC_0026 It comes in one size, so not any decisions to be made there….I ordered this stripey knit a while ago and it wasn’t really what I expected when it showed up (much thinner) but it is the perfect weight for this tee.  The construction is straight forward, and I sewed it all on my serger except the hems were done on my new coverstitch machine (boom!)DSC_0035 This shirt has been in heavy rotation during our move, I love it!  Here I am wearing it with my Moss skirt, which sees a lot of action too.  I love making basics like this, I wear them all the time and I realized while I was packing that my closet is starting to consist of mostly hand made items and very few ready to wear clothes.DSC_0025I still have a finished Sewaholic Saltspring dress to photograph, hopefully soon (I love it!). If you ever wonder what I am smiling at in my pictures, it is usually my kids, those girls crack me up.  But most of my pictures really look like this one….”You girls stay out of the street!”
DSC_0060Now I better go unpack some more boxes….

  • oh it looks great; so comfy! sorry for all the moving troubles, that’s no fun. hope you start to feel settled soon!!

    • Kelly

      Thanks, it is always a pain moving but I am definitely excited to be here 🙂

  • I love that fabric. Agree with Kristen. Keep smiling during the move… just keep thinking of that sewing room!!!

    • Kelly

      Yes, yes….sewing room = happy place 🙂

  • I’m totally with you on the hassle of moving! We’ve been in our new house 7 weeks now and still haven’t been able to unpack properly, and more importantly I haven’t been able to do any sewing! However as you say, it’s worth it when you are happy with where you’ve moved to.
    I do love this t-shirt and have been really inspired by all your basics recently – such great fabric choices and classic patterns.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kathryn! We say we are never moving again, but I know that is not true…hopefully we are both sewing again soon 🙂

  • What a great tee! I’m downloading it right now! Hope moving trauma ends soon, how wonderful you’ll have a sewing room. Hang in there!

    • Kelly

      Thanks!! Free pattern, how can you lose?

  • Good luck with the move Kelly. I have never had a big move as an adult, but I remember many of them as a kid. As a kid they were exciting and fun (a new adventure) but I imagine as an adult they are a lot of work!
    Your shirt looks great. I was on the fence about this pattern thinking it wouldn’t be the most flattering, but it is very flattering on you and looks great!

    • Kelly

      It is definitely still an adventure, but obviously a lot more work and money involved as an adult! Hopefully we won’t do it again soon!

  • i have made four long distance moves, three of them with kids in tow and it was awful every time! we are diy movers, so that certainly didn’t help… but eventually the dust will settle and you’ll be back to sewing. 🙂

    love this top, and can’t wait to make my own! i so wish i had some fabric laying around to make one. soon though! and i love your last pic! haha!

    • Kelly

      Those little rascals always want to run out in the street….

  • I love this Hemlock! it looks great on you.

    I too have very recently done a big move, and am in the same boat. I can’t wait to get my machine out again, but I also can’t wait to feel properly moved in to my new home either! Best of luck with it all!

    • Kelly

      It is a big deal, moving…especially when you are pregnant (I have done that too!) Good luck with the baby, and the move!

  • Debera

    We moved to Oregon IN THE RAIN about 3 years ago and it was a DIY job. First, we couldn’t get the pods in the driveway because we have a U-shaped driveway and the truck couldn’t pull in. So next we had to go the pod place and transfer everything into a rental truck (in the rain) and we had to hire some random guys (who we didn’t know) and hope nothing got broken in the process. Miracle of miracles, it all turned out fine. But 3 years later, I am still living with boxes and a rather extensive remodel (which included a fabulous new sewing room). Never again! Good luck with unpacking – I’m amazed you found it in you to post on your blog! Cute shirt, too.

    • Kelly

      Oh boy, that doesn’t sound like fun! We had good weather for the move (luckily, we moved to Portland but just ahead of the rain- it was pouring today!) I am excited to have a little more room for sewing 🙂

      • Debera

        Oh, you’re in Portland! When you get situated, I’d love to hear your take on the local fabric stores and the sewing community. I make the slog up from Eugene every couple of months because we have very few options down my way. I’ve made it to Cool Cottons for quilting cottons and to Bolt, which is a nice and in a super cute neighborhood. I’ve also been to the Ribbonry and Button Emporium downtown and am now plotting my next visit to your fair city. Portland is also the home of Collette, I believe. Enjoy Portland!

        • Kelly

          Fun! I used to live in Bend as a youngster, and we would venture over to Eugene from time to time. I haven’t visited any of the shops here yet, but went to Bolt last year when we were visiting. I am excited to check them out though, and will give a full report 🙂

          • Ashley

            Mill End Store in SE Portland is a great, huge place with a ton of fabrics and a giant discount annex. They have a lot of reasonably priced knits, and a fun costuming section. You definitely should check it out!

            Cool Cottons and Bolt are also wonderful, and have a lovely selection of fabrics, although they are usually out of my price range. Bolt also carries a lot of indie patterns, while Mill End only has the Big 4.

  • Suzanne Williams

    Love the way the Tee turned out! You’ll get all settled in and enjoying your sewing room, and before you know it, it will all be a distant memory 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thanks Mom, you’re right 🙂 (as always)

  • Love this!!! It turned out so great! The neckline looks amazing! Way to hang in on that move – its so tough to blog, much less sew while moving, so I’m quite impressed that you typed this on your phone! LOL 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! I have to admit it was a bit tedious blogging on my phone…I don’t think I would recommend it. But we have internet now, YAY!!

  • i really love this. on my to sew list for sure.

    • Kelly

      This will look awesome on you, for sure 🙂

  • Jen

    Love the top…and of course our twin denim Moss skirts 😉 Hahaha. Pretty soon we’re going to have completely matching wardrobes…I may have used yours as the inspiration for mine. Glad the move went well and good luck unpacking. Excellent reward at the end of a new sewing room!

    • Kelly

      Well, I couldn’t think of a better person to be twinsies with 🙂 But we will have to be careful if we ever hang out in person….My sis-in-law is moving to Chicago in February so we are already planning a trip there 🙂

  • What a great looking shirt! I would wear this all the time. Question for you: did you modify the neckline at all? Yours looks different (wider) than the red and white stripe version that Jen posted on Grainline.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I didn’t modify it at all, but this fabric is really stretchy so I think it just ends up a little wider as I wear it.

  • I made almost the exact Hemlock Tee for my daughter using the orange stripe. Jacqui is modeling it on the Pink Chalk Studio blog today. Love them. So easy to make and soooo comfortable! I too seem to be wearing more and more of my own creations. It’s just so gratifying to make your own clothing. Love your top! Take a look at the 2 Hemlock Tees http://www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2013/09/06/what-were-making-hemlock-tee-by-grainline-studio/

    • Kelly

      Yay, twinsies!! 🙂 That is so funny. Both of your Hemlocks look great!

  • Zoe

    The top and skirt looks great together! If I find a good knit I’m tempted to make the Hemlock tee.

    • Kelly

      It’s a great pattern, and I have seen it in heavier knits and it looked good too!

  • Great top and such a flattering cut on you! Hoping to make a couple of my own this fall. This pattern seems like it would be great to stash-bust some if my smaller knit pieces lying around.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! This knit was wide, so I only used one yard.

  • Love this tee and the skirt pairing! Your version has inspired me to try one as well! I’m kind of in a sewing funk at the moment but when I get out I might have to knock off your versions of these grainline patterns! Good luck with the move and I feel your pain we moved a year ago and it still haunts me!

    • Kelly

      The Hemlock Tee is great, and you can’t go wrong with a denim skirt- I wear this one all the time, and I’ll wear it with leggings and boots in the winter!

  • This is so cute! I love it! I wasn’t sure about this pattern as it’s so boxy (usually a terribly look on my rectangular shape), but in a drapey knit like this, I think it might work! I really like the fabric you used!

    Hope you’re settling in nicely! Moving is terrible. 🙁

    • Kelly

      Moving is the worst! I do think this top looks best in a drapey fabric, but I keep thinking of making a big baggy sweatshirt too..

  • Super cute, and it looks very comfy! Sorry to hear about the moving woes, but I’m glad to hear that you love your new city. I hope you start to feel at home soon!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! If we could just get the sewing room set up I would feel great 🙂