Tee of the Month Club: June’s Hemlock Dress.


Sarah, a short, average-sized person, wears a black and red print 80s style t-shirt dress.

I’m not sure why I chose the very popular Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studio for my June Tee of the Month Club selection. I’ve been meaning to make it since it launched, but I hadn’t intended to make it into a dress. But whatever the reason, I assure you that I regret nothing!

I adore this dress. Its dropped shoulders and boxy shape take me directly to the 1980s. My tween self would have been over the moon to wear something this awesome in 1987! I sewed a size 14 graded to a 16 at the hips in the larger size range, and I loved not doing an FBA. I lengthened the tunic version by 10″ and made no other adjustments. I used a rayon/cotton blend knit purchased on clearance from Girl Charlee a while ago.

My only complaint about this pattern is that it has no markings at all on the neckband. This is only a minor criticism, especially as the pattern is free. I marked the center on the front and back bodice pieces and the band, then used a lot of pins and basted it on the sewing machine before serging it, so it was fine in the end.

I will definitely make this pattern again, probably as a winter t-shirt with long sleeves. I think a tight, long sleeve will help balance the boxy silhouette (as the belt does here).

I recommend this pattern. It’s easy, versatile, has a good size range — and best of all, it’s free! (With email signup.)

Current measurements: Upper bust 36.5″, full bust 41″, waist 34.5″, hips 45″, bra size 36DD.

Approximate cost: The pattern was free, and the fabric was $8.06 on clearance. I still have a yard left, too. All thread was on hand.

Time spent: I spent about three hours total on this dress.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars