Journal Entry

Gift Ideas for Handmakers: Knitting Edition

Gifts for Knitters | Grainline Studio

As I’ve been gathering gifts for people in my life this holiday season I’ve found myself mentally putting together a few list ideas for handmakers and I thought I’d lay them out nicely and share them here. First up is knitting, I’ve been posting a lot of knitting progress on my Instagram lately due to the fact that what I’m working on sewing wise is either not ready to be seen or is end-of-the-year-finance-type-computer-work and isn’t what anyone wants to see (myself included). Hope you find something you like below!

1. Kelbourne Woolens Knit Check: I first saw this little device on the Kellbourne Woolens Instagram and thought not only is it super useful, it’s also beautiful. Now that I’m a swatcher (still not sure how that happened) I love the idea of using this to calculate my gauge since it has both the x and y axis in one place. Bonus points for the needle gauge down the side, I love a tool with a dual purpose!

2. The Fibre Company Acadia: Okay so this yarn is 60% merino, 20% alpaca, and 20% silk, it’s basically all of the dreamiest fibers combined into one tweedy bundle – definitely a yarn I want to know more about! I’m imagining it made into a super warm cowl or a totally deluxe sweater since it somehow manages to look both polished and rustic at the same time. Fancy tweed guys! Yes!

3. Baggu Small Pouch: I know, this isn’t technically a knitting item but hear me out. I have a little leather pouch I made that I keep all my knitting essentials in, tape measure, needles, mini-scissors, stitch markers, etc. and I think this would be a nice deluxe pouch to fill with fancy knitting tools. If you’re looking for fancy tools keep reading down to number six below…

4. Soak Wash in Scentless: After you spend so much time knitting up a beautiful sweater, hat, scarf, whatever, it’s not a bad idea to wash it with a delicate soap. I haven’t heard a bad thing said about the Soak line, it just seems ideal. There are a few good sounding fragrances but the fact that there’s an unscented version makes this fragrance allergic girl excited. This would be a great gift for any knitter and there’s an excellent tips page for cleansing your knits as well.

5. Purl Soho Line Weight: Another yarn I’m dying to try, this one is 100% merino wool and comes in some amazing colors. I’m not much of a fingering weight knitter but two of those dreamy colors held together for a nice marl effect is right up my alley. The Purl Bee has a great free hat pattern that uses two skeins, it’s kind of a splurge for a hat which is exactly why it’s an excellent gift!

6. Fringe Supply Co. Bone & Ebony Repair Hooks: Remember when I said to look below for fancy knitting tools? This is the place. I’m currently obsessed with these repair hooks to replace the metal crochet hook that is too long for my knitting pouch. If your knitter is anything like me they bought tools when they learned how to knit and while not beautiful, they still work and as such, are still being used. Upgrading a knitters tools to something beautiful to look at and hold is such a nice gesture, especially since they’re spending so much time turning this ball of string into a sweater…maybe for you!

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Make It

Holiday Ornaments

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I’ve noticed a lot of these little guys popping up in Instagram, on Pinterest, etc. so I thought I’d round them up here in case you’re looking for a quick little holiday project! You can get the patterns and tutorials for the Narwhal here and the Owl here!

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News

Give Thanks Pattern Sale

Grainline Studio | Give Thanks Sale

I think this is a nice culmination of the last two posts on the blog, it’s time for our Annual Give Thanks Pattern Sale! This is when I say thank you for your support of this small business I work so hard at. I’ve pretty much said everything I could say over the past week about how much I appreciate you guys and how lucky I am to be able to be a part of this community, so here’s the deal. Enter the code GIVETHANKS at checkout for 20% off your purchase. This includes both digital and printed patterns. The only things excluded are gift cards and wholesale orders. This is the only sale we run so if there’s something you’ve had your eye on now’s the time to snap it up! I’ve been busy getting a bunch of tips, tutorials, and variations ready for the Linden which I’ll be posting during the month of December so this is a great time to snap that pattern up if that interests you, it’s great for this cold weather we’re getting in Chicago! Now I’m off to get ready to spend the holiday with family which means any printed orders placed during this sale will ship after Dec. 1st.

Also if you happen to be in Seattle, there’s just one spot left at the Grainline Studio x Drygoods event on Nov. 29! Cannot wait to hang out with you guys and shop Keli’s unbelievable fabric selection. She really does pick the best fabrics!

*Just a note, the space to enter the discount code is on the second page of the checkout process along with the payment information.

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Journal Entry

You Guys are the Best

Grainline Studio | Thank You
(random unrelated instagram photos so this isn’t an imageless post)

I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who commented on my previous post about the evolution of my handmade wardrobe and how I got to where I’m at today. I’m blown away by your thoughtful comments and the stories you’ve shared. I’ve read, and re-read them and it’s just amazing to me that so many of us share such similar stories. It’s also reaffirmed to me why I love my job and how lucky I am to get to share patterns, garments, photos, stories, etc. with all of you! It’s a great way to start out the Thanksgiving week here, I know I’m incredibly lucky to have such a loving and supportive family which has no doubt helped me to get where I am. Never once have they vocalized that they were worried about the odd, long, and often financially broke path I took to get here, though I’m sure they must have felt that way! My dad helped me almost every day for weeks to get my studio in operating order this summer and my mom is always there to talk through any problem I might be having with fabric, weird construction ideas, or whatever random stuff I come up with. I know from going to art school twice that not everyone is as lucky as I am with this area. Every time someone tags me in a photo of one their garments, or emails me that they finally made their first piece of clothing using one of my patterns, I feel so proud. Not proud of myself (cause I never really stop to think about that, post for another day perhaps) but proud that this person decided that they wanted to try to make this garment and damn it, they did! This maybe reads a little lame (I’m kind of past caring if people on the internet think I’m lame or weird though) but Go Team Us! It’s amazingly powerful to know that all of us are out there supporting each other!

I almost didn’t let that post go live, I almost cancelled it about 5x the night before and woke up early stressing that people would think I’d gone off my rocker, but I’m glad I just went with it and posted. Thank you guys for being so supportive over the short life of this business, you’re what keeps me going with the next pattern, the next tutorial, the next whatever. Thank you.

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Journal Entry

My Handmade Wardrobe Evolution

Grainline Studio | Handmade Wardrobe Evolution

Get ready because this is a bit of a ramble about the evolution of my handmade wardrobe and my experience transitioning from art, to fashion, to the home sewing world. This isn’t about how I got into fashion, or my academic and work route to where I am currently with my business, I think you all know that story by now, this is about the feelings I had on the way here and the ones I still have. It’s something I think about less these days since I’m now confident in my career path and interests, but this post on Dressing like a Feminist from Morgan over at Crab & Bee brought it to mind as well as this post that’s been going around my Facebook friends about uniform dressing and decision making. No promises that this post is going to make a full circle, or get to any sort of ‘point’ at the end. Here goes!

Back when I was a kid I was kind of a nerd, I had glasses by 2nd grade, liked reading, was super crazy shy, was good at hanging out on my own, and liked making things. All of these things are still true. One of my good friends and I would make all sorts of stuff for our dolls, dresses, beds, furniture, then we convinced our moms that we should learn to sew. I had grown up with my mom sewing most of our clothes and some of our toys so it didn’t seem weird to me at all that I would want to learn to sew. We took a sewing class and made pajamas (mine were light blue flannel with snowflakes and maybe snowmen) and some shorts (green cotton with dancing frogs) and it was pretty awesome! We probably made a few other things also but I can’t remember now. As I got older I realized that most people weren’t interested in sewing. At some point in Jr. High Home Ec. we had to make a stuffed pillow from a kit and I just remember loving it kind of secretly while everyone else complained that we had to sew. I also remember secretly hand-sewing the tiniest mini-quilt in my room after school one day with some of my mom’s scraps. She was, and still is, a big quilter and I wanted to try it, but I definitely knew it wasn’t a cool thing to do.

I’d always been into art, but high school was the first time that I’d been able to take more than one class a year and I dove into it full on. I think this thing happens in art classes when you’re a teenager where you kind of turn a little anti-fashion because you’re just into art and it’s so cool or whatever. We had a fashion program and I still thought about sewing sometimes but I did not fit in with the kids taking the fashion classes so it never even occurred to me to take one of the classes. It seemed like most of the kids who took these classes didn’t care about making things really, they just liked clothes and shopping, which I did not. I still hate shopping! Anyway, in high school I wore typical late 90’s art kid clothes – a wool military jacket I found in a closet in the basement, oversized button down work shirts, weird thrift store tee shirts, that kind of stuff. Not really ‘fashionable’ for the times, but I was kind of specific about it, so it wasn’t really anti-fashion or anything like that. It’s just what I liked. Whatever.

From there I went to school at the University of Illinois and ended up in the photography department. I did my art thing for the first 2 years and found myself going back to fashion and sewing over and over in small ways. I printed cyanotypes onto Hanes t-shirts (it was the early 2000’s guys), learned to knit on the way to NYC in fall of 2001 when my college best friend and I decided we needed to check out ‘more serious’ art schools (insert laughing till you cry emoji), and eventually brought my mom’s old sewing machine down to my apartment at the beginning of my junior year. I was probably a little precocious, we were the students who were always requesting extra art theory readings, pondering post-modernism, my best friend was a sculpture / women’s studies double major so we always talked about that. I felt sort of conflicted about the fact that I was sewing, traditional women’s work. I ended up making a bunch of super art school girl video art about this – if you happened to go to art school you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about I’m sure. By my senior year I realized that I wasn’t going to pursue photography, especially in the art sense we were studying it, and my real interest was sewing, specifically I wanted to know how to make the patterns. I was experimenting with doing trace offs and just winging things with measurements and it was frustrating because I knew it wasn’t the right way and I love doing things the right way. So I finished up my photo degree and tried to figure out what my next move was.

Eventually I ended up back in school but it took me a lot of going back and forth with my thoughts on pursuing fashion as a career. I think society definitely brands it as a shallow profession and this isn’t completely without warrant, especially with the rise of fast fashion etc., but that paired with my fine art education made me feel guilty about the whole thing. I mean, we were the kids who were going to move to NYC to make it as artists! It sounds so hilarious now thinking back but you know, when you’re 20 and weaseling your way into graduate art theory classes it makes total sense. I found myself wondering if I would end up wasting my life on this super shallow pursuit. Would I regret not doing something more ‘academic’ instead? I finally decided to just fuck it and go back to school.

While in school I realized I made the right decision. It was definitely tough being older than the other students, I was much more focused and knew what I wanted from the program, was paying for it myself, and was taking a full course load while working essentially full time, though at a few different jobs. A lot of the kids there were there because they loved to shop but I was really lucky that I found a few friends who were in it for the same reasons I was. I think I only made about 5 really close friends while I was there. I remember being a TA for one of the advanced patternmaking classes and the kids freaked out when they found out I was born in ’82, they could not believe how old I was! Anyway most people wanted to move to LA or NYC and make it big as a head designer at a large brand or strike out on their own as the next big thing, they wanted to be famous! I on the other hand, knew that wasn’t what I wanted and it was so hard to explain that to people. This was around the time that Built by Wendy released her pattern line with Simplicity and I just thought, that’s what I want. A small line with a little pattern line attached! It just sounded amazing to me, but super weird to other people so I mostly kept it a secret. Even when I started this blog and up until after I published my first pattern I still didn’t tell people I was blogging or that I wanted to make home sewing patterns!

Anyway when I graduated I was working locally as a patternmaker and decided to start my own little line, hound. I really just wanted a small line where I designed and produced things and I did that for a while. It was really fun, but also really stressful, and I dealt with a lot of questions from people like why I didn’t move to NYC, or why I wasn’t manufacturing on a larger scale, why wasn’t I wholesaling? One thing that people love to say to you is “but you’re so talented, you could totally make it doing ____!” but what they fail to understand is that you actually don’t want that. You want something smaller, more intimate, less stressful. The pace of fashion in NYC, the cost of living, just the hecticness of it all is something I don’t want for myself. While doing hound I got totally burnt out and happened to release my first sewing pattern on my tiny little blog I started for fun. It went well, so well that eventually I stopped doing hound, I love doing this so much more it wasn’t really a hard decision at all. People didn’t understand that, having your own line is so cool they thought! Eventually I stopped my day job and they wondered why I would take myself out of that environment where I was a ‘legit’ patternmaker, and here we are now. The funniest thing is that my students at Columbia now are so completely unimpressed with what I do. Even though I make a living doing exactly what I went to school to do, exactly what I want to do, the fact that I design home sewing patterns is so boring and lame, they just can’t understand why I didn’t try for something more. I suppose when I was younger I might have thought the same, but luckily when I went back I was old enough to know better what I wanted.

When I read a post like Morgan’s where people are questioning whether they should feel guilty spending time on fashion or making clothes (mostly in the comments, I absolutely love Morgan’s post!) it takes me back to everything I’ve experienced in my journey to where I am now and all the doubts I had on the road to justifying what I wanted to do with myself. For me sewing my own clothing is about a few things…

First of all, I am just fascinated with making the patterns to make the clothes. I absolutely love patternmaking, it really is just engineering for the body, but since making clothing is traditionally “women’s work” it maybe doesn’t get as much respect as it should. It’s incredibly intricate and detailed, knowing the curve that you need to make the perfect sleeve cap while not restricting arm movement, or the most flattering hem, it’s just endlessly interesting to me and I love challenging myself to make each pattern better than the last.

Secondly I’ve always loved making things and in my mind making your wardrobe is the ultimate thing you can make for yourself. You have to wear clothes every day to fend off the elements as well as prevent yourself from getting arrested (can’t be walking around naked!) so the fact that I have the ability to take a piece of paper, a pencil, and some rulers, make a pattern, then take a length of cloth and turn it into something I can wear every day, I just can’t get enough. You aren’t stuck with what’s available in the stores, you can make what you feel comfortable wearing which (at least for me) will in turn make you feel more confident. I really take pride in this second fact!

Lastly, making these sewing patterns allows me to share these things with other people who share similar interests as me. I’m able to share the pride I feel when I make an amazing garment that becomes part of my daily wardrobe. I don’t want to just sew special occasion garments, I don’t really do special occasions. I want to sew the clothes you wear every day so that when you’re on the train on your way home from work you can look down and smile to yourself that you made your shirt and it looks amazing. I love throwing on an outfit in the morning, heading to work, and in the car on the way there thinking, ‘I made my hat, gloves, coat, sweater, and shirt” and smiling to myself about it. It’s not about other people and what they think of it for me, it’s really all for myself.

I used to not really care if I had an entirely handmade wardrobe, and to some extent I still don’t. I love supporting business that make quality goods, especially ones that use local supplies and labor, but lately I’ve been falling more and more in love with making as much of it as I can without making more than I need. With all of the tutorials and variations I do it’s hard to not make more than you need. Lately I’ve been doing the sew-alongs in my sister’s size so I’m now providing both of us with handmade wardrobes which is pretty cool. One of my current sewing goals is to replace worn out store bought basics like t-shirts and tanks and to also make some workout clothes for the yoga I’ve started doing. Of course I’ll still be making fun things like silk button down shirtdresses etc, because I do love that too!

As far as feminism and sewing, I don’t have that much to say about it really, except that sewing is what I like to do and I don’t think that ignoring that and choosing a less traditionally feminine job would make me more of one. I love my job and I think that what you do in that situation is keep doing what you love and be cognizant of what came before you and also of what lies ahead and know the reasons why you do what you do. This idea kind of applies to most facets of life though, in my opinion.

Anyway this was a seriously long stream of consciousness ramble which I am not proofing because if I do I’ll probably decide to not post it. So, my questions for you after all of this are… Have you ever had similar thoughts about sewing? Why do you love sewing? What pushes you to make your own clothes? What are your sewing goals? Now if you excuse me, I need to plan out my winter wardrobe sewing and definitely check out Morgan’s awesome post!

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Events  |  News

Come Hang with Me at Drygoods Design!

Grainline Studio at Drygoods Design

Just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be doing a little Grainline Studio trunk show at Drygoods Design on Saturday, Nov. 29th from 11-1. so if you’re in Seattle and are looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving come hang out with us! We’ll have snacks, demos, samples of patterns, and 15% off of all Grainline Studio patterns! I’m super excited, Drygoods is such an amazing shop, I seriously wish it was my local shop, but at least I get to stop in and hang out with Keli when I’m in town to visit my sister. You can read more about the event and register here. Hope to see you there!

Also: Sewing Camp!

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Inspiration

Winter ’14 Wardrobe Inspiration

Grainline Studio | Winter '14 Wardrobe Inspiration one | two | three

It seems like everyone is posting their winter wardrobe plans and now that it’s snow sprinkling here in Chicago with a chance of accumulation Saturday night I suppose it’s time that I start accepting the fact that fall is over and get started on winter. Honestly I feel like I just posted my spring wardrobe inspiration…9 months ago? This year really got away from me with all of the new and printed patterns! Anyway, back to a few things I’d love to be making and wearing this winter. All of these items, and more, are on my Winter ’14 Pinboard.

I haven’t been wearing many dresses in the past year or two except for the summer months. I used to wear them with thick tights all winter long but I’ve somehow I fallen totally out of that groove. The first two dresses above are pretty predictable silhouettes for me, but the third is something I might like to try out. I feel like it’s not too sweet so maybe I could pull it off. I have a really hard time feeling like myself in anything with ruffles, too full of a skirt, or too many ‘extras’ on it which can rule out a lot of things.

Grainline Studio | Fall / Winter '14 Wardrobe Inspiration

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 I’m imagining this collage as an outfit with some black jeans and I really wish I was wearing it RIGHT NOW. I hate certain cardigans, the kind that are thin and sort of fitted with the lower v-neck, but this bulky grandpa style cardigan is right up my alley. The little shell I can imagine in a lightweight wool and it just seems perfect for layering – I kind of want one in black, navy, and ivory! I’ve been seeing a lot of bulky hats lately and I always think they’re so cute, I’d love to give making one a try, plus if it’s even half as cold here as it was last winter I’m going to need to be wearing something much thicker than I currently own. I threw in my actual glasses and bag just to pretend that I totally own this outfit. Internet dreaming my friends, internet dreaming.

 Grainline Studio | Winter '14 Wardrobe Inspiration

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I’m kind of overly obsessed with grey marl knits at the moment, it’s actually carrying over from last year. These sweaters with the oversized soft cables are soooo dreamy. Anyone know of a knitting pattern that could easily be turned into something similar to either of these? My semi-in depth Ravelry search hasn’t turned up anything yet. Another chunky hat, had to throw that in there. I will definitely be knitting one before the year ends! I really also need to get myself a pair of sneaks, I’ve started doing yoga (omg that’s a whole other post) and I’ve been wandering two and from the studio in some pretty funny footwear. Not so weird if you’re not wearing your yoga getup, but penny loafers or clogs paired with yoga pants are a weird combo that will definitely get you stares on the street…

Grainline Studio | Winter '14 Wardrobe Inspiration
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Outfit three, inspired by this photo of a cozy sweater in a boat (hi Stonecutter!) cause who doesn’t love a cozy sweater and a boat! It’s possible you may remember this tee shirt from my spring wardrobe inspiration post, I have not given up on how perfect it is! I have the perfect bamboo knit to make something kind of similar based on the Linden pattern and I’m super excited about that! The cardigan is another example of the type of cardigan I don’t hate, the kind that’s like a social acceptable blanket. That’s my kind of cardigan. Pair all this with some little Dieppas (my all time number one dream shoes) and a super cute nautical knot ring and in my dreams I’m totally all set for cold weather!

These are just a few things I’d love to have a version of this winter and I’m going to try this thing where I make something for myself at least once a month that isn’t related directly to a pattern tutorial or some sort of sewing tip. I really need to make a few Hemlock tees for yoga as well as a few Archers and another Archer/Alder dress in this super dreamy forest green silk crepe de chine I have. I’m getting excited just thinking about it! What styles or silhouettes are you guys super into for winter? Do you have a sewing wardrobe planned already? Fill me in so we can collectively get excited for the cold weather sewing season!!

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Knitted Garments

Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

After a year of on again, off again, then totally on knitting, my Stonecutter (ravelry link) is done and photographed! I am absolutely in love with this sweater so get ready because I’m about to wax poetic all over this sucker.

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Lets start with the basics…

Pattern: Stonecutter by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in Snowbound
Needles: One 16” and one 24” circular needles in size US6, one 24″ circular needle in size US8
Modifications: Lengthened the sleeves by about 1/2″ and switched up the neckline (Ravelry Info)

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Now lets really get in there on the pattern. Seriously this pattern was so fun to knit and really kept me interested from the beginning to end. The cable running diagonally up the hips to the side seams is pretty ingenious for shaping and I think it’s really flattering as well. The back and front follow the same chart until the neckline shaping so you could risk the problem of finishing one then not wanting to do the second, but since I really liked all the cabling I was ready to roll on the front! I wish I could have instituted working out of the house sooner, in addition to being a lot more sane, I would have finished this months ago.

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

I was working on the back of this sweater during the winter Olympics (yeah that long ago) and because I’m one of those people who gets overly excited while watching things like the Olympics or the Blackhawks, I got a little busy yelling for the athletes and made some pretty major mistakes cabling. Due to my perfectionist nature I wasn’t able to leave them incorrectly knitted so I learned how to rip back just one section of the cable (once about 15 rows, yikes) and fix it without ripping back the entire sweater. Annoying at the time but a super useful thing to learn!

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Check out those pretty angled side cables! I didn’t make any changes to the body of the sweater, I’m pretty lucky in that I almost always get gauge with the recommended yarn and needles. I had thought about lengthening the sweater a tiny bit but I’m really glad I didn’t as I love this length. It’s perfect for a tank and jeans, and if I wear it with a button down shirt just the right amount pokes out from the hem.

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

After knitting all those cables on the body, the sleeves were slightly boring and I had to focus really hard to keep my count for the cabling straight. I noticed on Ravelry that a few people went down in the sleeve size, which I considered, but ultimately decided that on a looser sweater like this the sleeve size was pretty nice. There’s plenty of room if you want to layer over a long sleeved shirt, but they’re slim enough that they fit into a coat with no trouble.

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

I love how the cables come up from the ribbing on the sleeve, such a pretty detail!

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

One change I did make was to the neckline. I knit the second smallest size because it corresponded with my hip measurement, but that left me with about 6″ of ease at the top of the sweater which is fine, because you all know I love me some ease, but the only thing I wasn’t loving was the neckline. In combo with a small bust measurement I also have pretty narrow shoulders and those combined made the neckline a bit wider than I thought I could easily layer with different garments. To remedy the wide neckline I added a 2×2 rib binding that echoes the hem and cuffs while also closing the neckline a bit. I really like this and I’m definitely glad I did it!

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

The back, same as the front. Now lets talk about the yarn for a minute. A lot of people asked me about working with Shelter. I’m no yarn expert, but the way it was made means it doesn’t have a lot of give while you’re working with it. Occasionally this, combined with a million cables, made my hands hurt a bit and required some knitting breaks. It was also a bit drying on the hands so I kept some of my fav hand lotion near while working. Other than that I had no trouble with the yarn breaking, probably because I’m not a tight knitter. I was a little worried about the softness of the yarn and if it would be scratchy while wearing it but one or two of you told me that it softens up quite a bit upon blocking and I’m happy to report it really does! I have no trouble wearing it against my skin, and I even have weird sensitive skin. The yarn makes the sweater super warm and remarkably lightweight. I kind of think I’ll be knitting with Shelter again…

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Seriously I LOVE this sweater so so much and I’m so happy with the knitting process and the result! Do you guys ever feel like a designer is designing just for you? I kind of feel that way about Michele, I love pretty much everything she puts out. I’m trying to decide between Ondawa and Exeter for my next project, though I’m sure I’ll knit them both so it’s just which one I think I need sooner rather than later!

Grainline Studio | Brooklyn Tweed Stonecutter

Last but not least, my outtake of the shoot. Heather, this ubiquitous blogger with fall leaf is especially for you!

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Sewn Garments

Hemlock Tee in Woven Stripes

Grainline Studio | Hemlock Tee in Woven Stripes

Occasionally I get questions about making the Hemlock Tee in woven fabrics so I thought my latest blog collaboration with Britex Fabrics would be a perfect time to showcase that yes, it is possible!

Grainline Studio | Hemlock Tee in Woven Stripes

The fabric I used for this project is this large print, super graphic, black and white striped silk and my goal was to make use of the border print nature in a non-typical way. I wish I’d taken a photo of this fabric before I cut into it to show you more what the print looks like, but the large, even stripes I used for the sleeve ran down one half of the fabric, and the section I used for the body of this shirt ran down the other half. This print definitely is an easy choice for a something like a maxi skirt, but I really wanted to get a bit more creative and also make something a little easier to wear in fall. Also you guys know me, maxi skirts aren’t really my jam…

Grainline Studio | Hemlock Tee in Woven Stripes

Like I mentioned above, I used the Hemlock Tee pattern which was released last fall. The pattern is written for knits but since it’s oversized it works just as well in a drapey woven like this one. Since the print was so large, I cropped the length of the body by about 8” so I didn’t run the risk of having it overwhelm me. The other reason I cropped this top is so that I could match the stripes at the side seams. Since this print is so large and the section I was using for the body only ran down one side of the fabric I needed a lot more fabric than you would think in order to get a match. Cropping the top was one way to make this happen much more easily.

Grainline Studio | Hemlock Tee in Woven Stripes

The shirt was sewn according to the directions used for the original Hemlock Tee with the exception of the neckline which I finished with bias binding which I made from the larger striped section of the print. So if you’ve wondered about making the Hemlock in a print, or even if you haven’t, hope this gives you some ideas!

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