Scout Tee Forever!

Knit Grainline Studio Scout Tee
Ok, I feel I should preface this post with a bit of backstory. The week before I made these shirts I had been making a lot of sewing mistakes. Repeatedly. Dumb mistakes. And I should know better.

For example I was sewing a bag, a large tote bag with lots of pockets. I totally messed up the outside zipper pockets. I read the instructions wrong or mixed up the illustrations. In the end, I had to re-do several steps before I could continue.

Then I worked on a baby romper for a friend. In my defense, one of the pattern pieces was mislabeled so I marked the wrong spot to attach ruffles. But I can’t blame a typo for mixing up my ruffles and I swear to thread I sewed that damn bodice with that super tricky elastic onto the bottom part of the romper three times! Ugh. And I have to do it again! Grainline Studio Scout Tee

…with those setbacks in mind I felt I needed a “quick win” and what better pattern to use than Grainline’s Scout Tee.

(Precious Scout Tee, too good for this world, too pure…)

“When in doubt, make a Scout” should be carved on my gravestone.

I made these two Scouts over a couple of days and it’s nice to just have a simple project to get your sewjo back.

Knit Grainline Studio Scout Tee
The Fabric: I can squeeze a Scout out of less than a yard of fabric which makes it a great candidate for stash busting. Both of these fabrics are leftovers from previous projects.

The gray top is a printed cotton jersey I bought from the Cloth Pocket sometime last year. This is my first knit scout and I used the same size I normally cut and it worked out fine. The only problem with this fabric is that the grainline is so janky and sideways I had difficulty figuring out how to lay the fabric straight. Grainline Studio Scout Tee

The brown chevron version uses leftover rayon challis from this romper from last year. I had to drown this stuff in starch, it was so shifty, and I was forced to cut one of the sleeves out a second time because it was so oddly shaped.

Knit Grainline Studio Scout Tee
The Changes: Nothing major. I tried a new technique on the knit top neckline. I sewed the binding so if folded over to the right side, stitched it down and left the raw edge free.

It rolls up on itself and I think it makes a cool effect. Oh, and did I mention that I totally sewed the binding on the wrong way the first attempt because I am why I can’t have nice things? Knit Grainline Studio Scout Tee

I also tried a technique that my friend Susan recommended to first adhere some Stitch Witchery in the hems as a stabilizer and then sew over it with a twin needle. It helps prevent that ridge you sometimes get with twin needles and makes for a crisp hem without making it too stiff.

On the rayon top I cut the neckline about 3/4″ lower for some reason I don’t remember.

Grainline Studio Scout Tee

The Results: Ugh, sometimes you just need something to work. Something familiar and safe. If there’s comfort sewing like there’s comfort food then the Scout is my buttery mashed potatoes.

  • Joanne Roberts

    Two great makes there. I always make a skirt when I want a successful make from my favourite Ottobre pattern

    • Thanks Joanne! I wish I had a good go-to skirt pattern.

  • The Scout is one of my favorite reliable patterns too. Love the neckline on the knit one. I will definitely try that. And the tip to stabilize the hem before stitching with the twin needle – that ridge always bugs me!

  • I totally agree! I just made two scouts last week. I haven’t yet made a jersey one though.

    • Thanks, I looked at your versions – they’re great – but I couldn’t comment. I got some error about how Disqus wouldn’t load. :/

      • Aw no! Thanks for letting me know! I think that I have sorted it out – had to remove Disqus though. 😛

  • lisa g

    Yes! The Scout is what I pull out when I can’t figure out what to do with a fabric. I’ve even been thinking of trying it sleeveless… wonder how that would work. These are both cute tops!

    • It probably would work sleeveless because the armhole curve is so well drafted, but I’ve never tried it. Thanks!

  • Cute tops! I’ve only made one scout, but I really love it, the shape is fantastic. Yours look great!

    • Thank you, Monica!

  • ooh! love these two tops- so simple and so wearable- definitely going to be getting this pattern 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes, I definitely recommend this pattern.

  • Adriane

    I feel like the real star in all of this is the pinky ring…

  • Scout is next on my list after everyone talking Scouts at the last meetup! I especially love your rayon one.

    Also, those sandals with the rainbow straps! Adorable!

    • And that necklace! Where is that necklace from? I’ve been wanting something similar, but am finding it surprisingly difficult to find.

      • Thanks and thanks! I made that necklace. It’s just three wood beads on a length of wire attached to a chain. I think I got the beads at Sea of Beads or some place like that.

  • I love these tops, I never made the scout tee, I always go for plantain, it fits really well, so why change it. I just really like to read about people making clothes to wear on a regular basis.

    • Thanks! I haven’t tried the Plantain yet, but I want to. The Scout it good if you want a woven t-shirt. I think the Plantain is only for knits.

  • I think the Rayon one is so pretty! I love when something can be dressed up or down!