The Hemlock Hack Tutorial Series

I’m excited to be uploading my first post to my new website, Threadquarters, today. I thought I would kick off with a really fun series that I have been working on for the past month.

I’ve taken the free Hemlock Tee pattern from Grainline Studios and tried to recreate four different looks from the high street, using very simple hacks. The bonus is that I have filmed each one and given you a walk through each of the different hacks.

The first video in the series is the easiest hack, basically just making the sleeves shorter. But if you have never made anything in jersey before, then this is a great place to start. I talk you through the whole process in this video and hopefully make it really simple to follow and create your own short sleeves t-shirt.

Next up is maybe my favourite. Making the Hemlock more appropriate to cooler weather by changing up the neckband to a cowl neck! This was  actually the starting point for the whole series because I base this hack on a RTW jumper from my wardrobe.

The third video in the series shows you how to create a colour blocked tee – and I used some really gorgeous fabric for this. It’s a great hack for either using up small pieces of jersey from your stash, or treating yourself to a little bit of more expensive fabric that would normally be outside your budget. Definitely a win for me!

The final video in this series was a bit outside my comfort zone. I have added ruffles to the dropped shoulders of the Hemlock Tee. This is normally something I would avoid, but I knew it would work well with this pattern so I decided to do it anyway. And I’m so glad I did, because the result ended up really cute!

I hope you enjoy this series. It was a lot of hard work, but good fun to put together and the response has been fantastic! Please do let me know if you try out any of these hacks, I would love to see them!

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