Sleeveless Lace Hemlock Tee

Surprise!  I made another lace tee…I have a bit of an addiction to lace t-shirts, and why not??They are easy to make, easy to wear, and they make my comfy-running-around-after-the-kids outfits feel a little less “momish”.  That’s how I feel anyway 😉   This time I used the (free!) Hemlock Tee pattern from the amazingly talented Jen of Grainline Studio.DSC_0007This shirt came together so fast- I would say about 30 minutes from cutting to completion! Sometimes you just need a quick fix, you know?  The lace fabric came from Mood, and has been  in my stash for a while.  I used less than a yard of fabric for this top 🙂  It is not a stretch fabric, but still works well because this pattern has a lot of ease.DSC_0017For the construction-  I sewed the front and back pieces together at the shoulders, then finished the raw edges along the sides of the shirt with my serger.  Then I just sewed up the sides to the sleeve markings.  I folded the edge in around the armhole 1/4″ and sewed it down.  Same thing for the neckline- I serged the raw edge, folded it under and sewed it down.   I used the scalloped edges for the bottom so there was no need for hemming.DSC_0009Easy as can be, and I have already worn it a bunch.  I can see myself whipping up some more sleeveless Hemlocks as we make our way towards spring.  I’ve been dragging my heels a bit on my Gerard coat, but I can feel my motivation coming back slowly….I am imagining jeans, a slouchy sleeveless Hemlock with my Gerard coat, and it feels like an outfit I could live in.DSC_0052



  • Hemlock looks so good sleeveless! Adding that to my ever expanding list of things to try…

    I’m still jealous of your Jamie jeans. I need to give that pattern another try soon. Also, I need to get on this lace bandwagon, lace tees are super cute!

    • Kelly

      Yes to both! I would like to take another crack at the Jamie jeans too, I have some awesome denim in the stash…I want to change the front into one piece, like regular jean style. And lace tees are da bomb 😉

  • Oh it’s so lovely and smart – i would’ve expected that you finished it with bias but i like that you just serged and folded it under, probably keeps it a lot lighter-looking too. Beautiful!

    • Kelly

      Yeah, I did that primarily because of lazy, but also I din’t have anything suitable to use for bias….maybe organza? When I’m feeling more motivated I may try it 🙂

  • That’s really lovely! The lace is especially pretty and really makes this simple top special.

    • Kelly

      Thank you!

  • So pretty. I love the Hemlock tee made up sleeveless like this. I haven’t jumped on this particular bandwagon yet because the dropped-shoulder style hadn’t very comfortable for me, but I love these cap sleeves! And this seems like the perfect lace tee for spring. I think I need one — spring will arrive someday!

    • Kelly

      Yes! I am going to try it sleeveless in jersey really soon, so you can see what that looks like too. Spring is not far away even though it doesn’t seem like it now 🙂

  • I love all your lacy tees and how the lace makes the simplest design instantly pretty 🙂 I’d never thought of making a Hemlock sans sleeves but it’s worked brilliantly- nice vision!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! I just kept staring at my other Hemlock every time I put it on and wondering what it would look like sleeveless…glad I took the plunge 🙂

  • Lol Drake

    This looks great, what adjustments did you make to the pattern? In the original it looks very boxy but looks perfectly fitted on you. Also, for the cap sleeves did you just leave the sleeves off or did you cut a little cap? It really looks great. 🙂

    • Kelly

      Hmmm…it may look more fitted because it’s a woven? I didn’t make any changes to the pattern other than leaving the sleeves off, and I also shortened it by about 3 inches. You can see my jersey version here-

      I think if the fabric is very drapey it won’t look too boxy. And I didn’t add anything for the sleeves, but they do look like little cap sleeves don’t they? I think if I stuck my arms out you would see it’s pretty much just a box shape 🙂

      • Lol Drake

        Fantastic! Thanks so much for your reply. That’s probably what it is, rather than a stretch fabric. It looks great. I love that the sleeves turned out that way even without adding anything. Utterly perfect. I need a whole set of these for my work wardrobe! Love it!x

  • I love the simplicity of this look. I made a lace tiny pocket tank last year and it was only recently retired after one too many wash ruining the lace. Great work!

    • Kelly

      Yeah…I have found it is best to hand wash my lace tops, even though it is not my favorite thing to do. My favorite lace tee had to be retired from too much machine washing, but it was also cheap lace.

  • I just love this cute little tee! Especially the scalloped hem. So pretty.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Margo! I am always glad when I can find lace fabric with a pretty edge like that so I don’t have to hem it 🙂

  • I LOVE this. It is just such a great use of the fabric.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kirsty!

  • Oooh, that’s lovely! What a great idea!

  • Sometimes the easiest makes are the best, and there’s no shame in that!

    • Kelly

      Yes, I agree! Sometimes I need a few easy projects in between the more complicated ones…

  • it’s been so cold here i can’t even think of a lace tee… but i love this! every time i walk by the lace section in the fabric store i think of you! you have a way of making lace work to jazz up the “mom uniform.”

    • Kelly

      Haha, yeah I have a hard time walking by the lace without at least taking a look…

  • Really really pretty.

  • Okay, I’ve got to download that pattern. I love it sleeveless, and your lace is stunning!

  • Jen

    You are a pure genius, I have a really amazing silk I’ve been saving that I only have 1 yard of and I am TOTALLY copying you, haha! I also need to get my ass in gear and make some jeans. You’re an inspiration my friend!

    • Kelly

      Awww, thanks Jen! I love simple patterns for that very reason- I can buy more expensive fabric when I only need one yard, and the simplicity of the pattern really lets the fabric take center stage…your Scout pattern is great for that too! And yes, you need to make some jeans, you would probably crank them out in a day 😉

  • I absolutely love this!! Great job!!

  • This is really, really cute! I love it on you!

  • This is just so perfect Kelly! You always look really stylish and comfortable too – a perfect balance I definitely aspire to at the moment!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Kathryn! My goal as a mom is to dress so I feel like I am wearing sweatpants, but not look like it…I pretty much live in leggings and tanks/tees around the house and I want to be just as comfortable when we go out!

  • So so adorable, must download this pattern! Yes make your Gerard soon! Before it gets too warm to wear it!

  • What a stunning top, the lace works really well with the Hemlock pattern. Wow. Can’t wait to see your Gerard coat. My jaw dropped when I saw the pattern. I think this is the coat of my dreams. I’ve been waiting to find the right pattern and I think this is it.

  • Oh it’s lovely! I especially love how you’ve used the selvedge at the hem – very pretty 🙂

  • Dee

    Love your top and the fabric is gorgeous! Could you please tell me how much fabric you used?

    • Kelly

      Thanks Dee! I used less than a yard of fabric, but it is 57″ wide. 🙂

  • Beautiful! You can’t go wrong with lace, and what a great fit. I really love the scallops along the hemline.

  • This is so gorgeous! You’ve inspired me for my Hemlock Tee 🙂

  • Great top! I love the fabric and especially the scalloped hem.

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