The Scout Tee (x2)
Over the past couple weekends, I had some time to work on a sewing project– hooray! I was inspired by the Sorbetto tanks I kept seeing around the internet and bought a bunch of dottie bias tape at Fancy Tiger. When I got home, though, I realized that I really wanted sleeves, and no pleat, and and and… so I landed on the Scout Tee (a $6.50 download) from Grainline Studios. It looked easy enough, and I like easy!
I made the first one with fabric that I have had in my stash for a while, but wasn’t particularly attached to– a muslin that was enough of a shirt that I’d work to get it right. Before I cut, I lengthened the front and back by 3 inches. After I tried it on, I also realized I needed to raise the shoulder line by about 2 inches– so that was 1 1/2″ off the back and 1/2″ off the front (the shoulder seam should line up with your shoulder, which will tell you which part to take away–this I learned in Lynda Maynard’s Craftsy class, Sew the Perfect Fit. Thanks Lynda!). Even though most of it needed to be raised in the back I had to split the difference to keep the armhole from becoming a wreck. Then I adjusted the armhole depth, and I also had to take in the sleeve seam (the sleeves hung off a bit too far from my shoulder). Finally, I added shaping to the sides of the tank, which is sort of boxy and created drag lines that were not flattering in this fabric. I was able to modify the fabric pieces pretty well on the fly, and I’m super happy with this version. I used the dotty bias tape for the neckline and let it show, and I love that touch, it makes me like the fabric even more.
When I finished it, I made all of the adjustments I made on the fabric to the pattern pieces, and cut again. This time, I used *the* fabric I have been holding on to forever- Liberty of London cotton lawn that I bought in Portland as a splurge when I went to sign my first book. I have been waiting for the perfect project to sew this up, and the confidence to not end up with something I didn’t really like. I used some more tips that I gleaned from my days of producing sewing classes, to really make a wonderful looking finish. I took my time and pressed, I used stay stitching to make even hems, I did all of that stuff and still did it relatively quickly. I added spotty bias tape. I pleated the sleeve caps instead of pressing them. The result: I absolutely love it.
In the end, I think I’ve modified the pattern so much that it’s not really the same tee, but it is so, so good, to take the time to make something flattering that fits. And now I have a tee that I will make again and again– next, I hope to try it in a knit. Of course, next might mean months or years from now. But I bought new fabric to replace my “best” stash cut, so, now all I need is to marinate on it.
By the way, Craftsy is having a summer sale this weekend- check it out if you’d like to enhance your skills. It’s hard to pick favorites, but I learned a *lot* from Pam Howard (The Classic Tailored Shirt), Linda Lee (Sewing with Silks and Sewing Fashion Knits) and Lynda Maynard (Sew the Perfect Fit). I highly recommend them– and if you have the app, you can watch them right at your sewing machine! Check it out!