I was strangely drawn to shapeless knit tops recently, and the Hemlock didn't exhaust my attraction. Well, this usually wouldn't either but Andreia wrote so convincingly that I went ahead and gave it a try. I used a piece of organic hemp knit from Siebenblau. (Have I mentioned how sad it makes me that they don't ship outside the EU?) I knew it was a little lightweight for the pattern but I couldn't resist using it, and I did NOT narrow the pattern even though it looked suspiciously wide. I cut the XXS which absolutely didn't match my measurements. (33-27-37)
My one change from the pattern was the neck - I cut a single strip and sewed it onto the outside, then folded it in as though it were a facing, without too much tension, and sewed it down. That gives a clean finish, additional support, and works well on the hemp which is not super stretchy.
Verdict is mixed. I think if I were making this in the right season, I'd wear it. I really like how the little sleeves give it shape. But I think I'd cut about 2 inches out of both the front and back on a future version...
So I decided to make that second version late at night after some wine, and forgot that taking 2" out on the fold meant I was removing 4". This fabric is quite heavy, and it was really a muslin - I didn't have enough fabric scrap for the full length, but I much prefer the width of this version. This is one I'll revisit with some sweater knits, which I think will be a better match for the pattern.
Overall I don't really understand how other people look so good in this top but I'll put it down to others using relatively lightweight, sweatery, drapey fabrics, which I didn't use at all. I still like the sleeves, which for a very simple pattern give it one nice elegant touch.