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hemlock maneuver

Made: Hemlock tee.
I can’t decide if I think my post title is clever or just cheesy. Regardless, this is my third Hemlock! In my previous Hemlock post I waged that my third attempt would be “just right” after a couple that were almost right. I’d say I’m there – I’m pretty damned pleased with this one!

Fabric: Remnant piece of viscose jersey from Stoff og Stil. I think the piece was 1,5 m, but I didn’t use it all, by far.
Pattern: Hemlock Tee from Jen at Grainline studio.
Techniques: Jersey fabric, neck binding, serged seams.

Made: Hemlock tee.

Made: Hemlock tee.

As you can see, I tried photographing this shirt just as the sun was setting behind that mountain in the background. While the yellow light and crazy sunflares made for really atmospheric photos, they didn’t really show the tee very clearly! So I waited the 5 minutes it took for the sun to move out of frame, and tried again. Direct sunlight makes it really hard to photograph! I’m reading Gillian’s Better Pictures Project with a great deal of interest, and next after using the Portrait mode on my camera, I’m now trying to figure out the lighting situation for my balcony, aiming to turn it into my tried and true photo spot. Now I know having the sun in the frame is a no-go, which means no photos between 3pm and 5 pm, this time of year at least.

Ok, so I don’t know if there is much to say about this particular iteration, construction-wise. The sleeves and bottom are hemmed with a twin needle, and as always I sort of eyeballed the neckline band width and length. I used the twin needle on the neckline as well, straddling the seam. You can kind of tell in the close-up photo of the fabric right above – I think it’s a nice little detail. Oh, in my need-to-make-something-right-now-mode I cut into the fabric without having pre-washed it, which meant that… yep, it shrank in the first wash! Just in the length it seems, and I actually really like how it turned out! You can’t tell in these photos since I’m being all cool and tucking the front, but the shorter length hits in quite a flattering place I think, right above full hip width. So that was a successful neglecting of prewashing fabric.

Made: Hemlock tee.

I love how easily this tee goes from casual to less casual. I changed my shoes, and then bam! I was serious business lady. I found it hilarious how hard it was for me to smile after putting the heels on. I carried myself totally different too! So, all in all another Hemlock success – the other two shirts are still in regular use, though starting to look a little tired. Thankfully this is such a quick project that they can be fairly easily replaced when it’s time to take them out of regular rotation.

Made: Hemlock tee.

  • Wow, that is such a pretty fabric and the tee looks great both more casually styled and with heels! I really like your new go-to photo spot, I think I need to try out my balcony, too. :)

    • Thank you Alessa! :) Oh, I like my balcony as a go-to photo spot, I hope it won’t get to boring to see! I’ve started a simple wool coat, and I’m thinking I should work up the courage to set up and take pictures in the park I live right next to for those photos. It makes sense to see outdoor clothes… outdoors! Looking forward to seeing your balcony in pictures! 😉

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