A Stripey Rayon Jersey Hemlock

The holidays are finally in full swing! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of food, family, and fabric. 😉

I know most of you are probably bundled up in cozy sweaters but down here in Tucson we are still rocking the lighter garments. At least it’s finally boot weather!

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And what better to go with jeans and boots than a spiffy striped top? When I first laid eyes on this striped rayon jersey, I fell in love. The stripes look hand-painted and I am totally digging the nonuniform look. Since it’s a very drapey fabric, a slouchy shirt was a must.

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I used the trusty Grainline Hemlock Tee (free pattern!). It’s a one-size-fits-most pattern, so you don’t have to worry about figuring out which size to cut. I’ve made several variations of this so far, but had yet to play with stripes. I like how the dropped shoulder seam plays well with the stripes on the sleeves.

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LOVE the look of these stripes!

I initially wanted this to be a shorter sleeved version, but I decided to keep this weird half-to-three-quarters length so the play on stripes was more noticeable. I think it helps balance the proportions of this shirt so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a big striped bag.

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Rayon jersey is super soft and, as I stated before, very drapey. So I wouldn’t suggest trying to make anything tailored in this! I also find it has good recovery so I don’t have a super bagged-out shirt by the end of the day. It’s also fairly easy to sew as I didn’t notice any curly edges. There was not a whole lot of fabric fighting and wrestling going on. Sweet!

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Although winter is right around the corner, I probably wouldn’t suggest rayon jersey if you’re looking to stay super warm. It’s a great spring/summer/fall fabric… unless you’re in the desert like me, then it’s great all year long!

YEEEEAAAHHHH!

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I hope you all are staying warm/cool/whatever goes in your corner of the world!

-RED

You can follow more of Rachel’s adventures in sewing, cat wrangling, and chicken wooing at sewredy.wordpress.com!

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5 thoughts on “A Stripey Rayon Jersey Hemlock”

  1. The fabric is too cute. I agree with you the non-uniform look is really nice. Super cozy looking. Good for airing out in the summer and covering arms in the “winter”.

    1. Thank you! I can’t wait til the weather warms up so I can bust this shirt out again! I looove it. (OK, maybe I CAN wait for warmer weather because cool weather is so scarce here!)

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