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.

Another Scout Tee


This will be a quick post. It’s common knowledge that everyone and their dog love Grainline Studio’s Scout Woven Tee pattern. I’ve made it up as-is twice before and used it as a base to make a cool tulip back top so I won’t go through all the regular in-depth details.


Normally it’s an easy pattern to whip up. Only three main pattern pieces and some bias at the neck.

But I decided that it would be a great idea to do this top in silk charmeuse.


Miss Lulu found this remnant, about 2.5 yds in the sale room at a fancy fabric store in Dallas the last time we went up and we decided to split it. But you can’t make much with barely more than a yard of fabric so…. Scout Tee!!


This fabric is pretty soft and thin. I didn’t want to use my serger on the seam allowances so I decided to go with French seams.


Hmm, French seams on shifty charmeuse with only 1/2″ seam allowances (and no spray starch to help, I’m out!) – not my best idea. But I did it anyway. The curvy armholes were the most difficult but somehow I got it done!


I did tiny baby hems on the sleeves and bottom of the shirt. The only minor problem is that I really should have stay stitched the neckline before adding the bias facing. It kind of sticks out a bit because the very edge of the neckline was stretched slightly when sewing the bias. Oh well, because who cares? Not this girl!


So I’m pretty satisfied with this top and impressed at my ability to make something much more difficult than it ought to be. It’s a simple but pretty shirt that dresses up jeans or pairs well with my new Ginger skirt. Now I’ll just wait and see if Miss Lulu gets the same idea and makes a Scout Tee with her share of the same fabric. Then we’d be twinsies again!


Oh, and Justin’s been doing a pretty damn good job at picture taking lately. The last three posts were taken by him. Why can’t you be home more often in the afternoons when it’s light out? Taking the tripod out in the back yard is soooo boring…

The Refashioners – My Modified Scout Tee


Have you been keeping up with the Refashioners lately? If you’re late in the game the Refashioners is a sewing challenge hosted by the lovely Portia. She generously spends money out of her own pocket scouring thrift shops and sending surprise packages to bloggers in the UK and the US containing some garment or fabric item that we have to then turn into something cool and wearable.

So far we’ve seen bloggers create trendy tops, a high fashion coat, maternity wear, a leather skirt, a vintage inspired shrug, mustard shorty shorts and so much more!

Last year I got an oversized shirt and skirt set and I managed to get two projects out of it. This year I got something a little different…

Check out my modified Scout Tee made from – get this – pillowcases! I even included pics for how I adapted the pattern.

This is probably the most creative challenge I’ve seen in the sewing blogosphere and I’m so glad Portia decided to ask me (again!) to participate. It’s truly inspiring to see what everyone creates. Thanks Portia!

Velvet Grainline Scout Tee


Ok, I think the technical term for velvet made from cotton is velveteen but that just doesn’t seem as cool as velvet so I’m gonna go with that. Just say it – veeeeeeeelveeeeeeet. It just sounds fancy!

By the way, this since black fabric is notoriously hard to photograph I lightened these pics a bunch, so no, I am not that pale, but I am close…


The Goal: I just had this urge to make something out of velvet. Maybe because I think it’s kind of festive for winter? Or maybe because in the beginning of this year I set a goal to sew more solid color tops to go with a wider variety of bottoms. But as most of us have experienced, prints are just so much fun that solids are a little boring. I think the texture and shine from the velvet pile satisfies my need for “fun.”

The Pattern: The excellent Grainline Studio’s Scout Tee. You can see my first version where I go into more depth about why I really like this pattern.


The Fabric: Cotton velvet(een) bought locally at The Common Thread (also where these pics were taken!)

So, having never worked with any kind of velvet before I was pleasently surprised with how easy it was. I read that silk and rayon velvets are much more finiky. This cotton velvet was easy to cut even with all the fuzzy bits flying everywhere. I used a walking foot to sew because I worried that the thick pile would make it difficult for the top layer of fabric to glide under a regular foot. That worked great!

I think the best part of this fabric is that it is totally machine washable. Some fancy silk velvets are dry clean only. It does get wrinkly, though. I just lightly iron it on the wrong side to smooth it out.

The Changes: None. For real. I made a straight size four.


The Results: I loooove velvet! I want velvet everything now – shorts, jackets, dresses, pants, coats, non-stop velvet all the time! I think I may have found a new sewing obsession.

If you’re wondering if the velvet is too stiff or heavy or hot to wear as a t-shirt, it’s not. It’s a very comfortable top and this pattern works well with this not-very-drapey fabric. I love that I can wear this top in the day with some jeans or dress it up at night or for a party with a cute skirt. I’ve already worn it multiple times this week. SO MUCH VELVET!!!!!!!!! Ok, that’s enough excitement for today.

BTW, thanks for all the nice comments on my post yesterday. I think I’m gonna have fun writing up that series of posts.