So, I got out my trusty Scout Tee pattern and compared it to the bodice of the Hemlock. They were very close so I thought it could fit me as-is. The sleeves, well, I was a bit doubtful, but in the spirit of being a scientific seamstress I wanted to make the first one "as is" out of this plaid fabric and figure out any changes from there. On the first go, I basted the garment for a fitting.
My first attempt was quite hilarious because my arms went into the sleeves and were like stuffed sausages. By then it was evening and I knew better than to try and solve a problem at night. But that didn't stop me from thinking about solutions to the problem. The easiest would be to cut another sleeve but bigger of course. The cheaper route would be to try adding a slip of fabric in to widen the sleeves, thereby still saving the yardage I had left. I was wondering whether I could find enough from the scraps to match the plaid but I was in luck!
Voila - not a bad pattern match! I first slit the sleeve in half length down the center then inserted a strip of fabric about 3 inches in width. I did topstitch the seams down. I thought it would work better in the long run to do that.
The fabric, in case you are wondering, is a Japanese cotton from Miss Matatabi. I have been trying to step out of my (happy Nani Iro) box and use some new-to-me fabrics so doing the plaid was a good stretch. The fabric is also light and cool and even with sleeves, it works with this warm summery weather we've been having.
I also want to mention seeing a version of the Hemlock that I want to try next and that's a mashup between it and the Wiksten tank. You can find it here. I had discovered Felicia's blog, The Craft Sessions, a couple of months ago and I just love her makes. I could happily wear her closet any day!
I sneaked in this bit of sewing while the sunny days called me out to do gardening. I have a bunch of things to plant/tidy up and then I want to cut out more Hemlock tees but I also need to try my first Tiny Pocket Tank. I seem to be on a roll with Jen's patterns!