The Grainline Hemlock pattern has been a great base for both knit and woven tops. This is the second time I’ve used this kimono sleeve variation with a woven fabric – the first was with a kick ass Nani Iro double gauze.
The fabric is a hand-woven khadi from A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland. It’s lightweight with a really interesting texture. I added a little pleat to the sleeves which is especially fun with the stripes.
Details: Grainline studio’s free Hemlock pattern with 2″ removed from the front and the back, the shoulders extended by a couple of inches, 3-4″ shorter, pleated shoulder
I’m a huge fan of the Grainline Scout and Hemlock patterns so I decided to give the Tiny Pocket Tank a try. The first version was a little snug around the arms and I got some bunching on the shoulder straps. A little browsing online shows this is a common fit issue. The second try involved some extremely unfriendly fabric (shrinking, color running, holes, argh). The third try was still a little snug in the arms but definitely wearable. And finally, the fourth version…
This one is very comfy and made out of some soft and lovely Robert Kaufman Chambray.
Details: sz 2, scooped out armscye, increased length of bias binding for neck and arms, squared the shoulders, graded out slightly at hips, lowered bust dart 7/8″, shortened bust dart 1/4″, no pocket!
This top was inspired by two things. First the fabulous Nani Iro double gauze fabric. Second the lace Hemlock that CUTCUTSEW posted.
I started with a slimmed down Hemlock and made a few adjustments: I extended the sleeves for more of a kimono sleeve and shortened it a bit. I made two practice versions before cutting into the Nani Iro. It seemed too precious to experiment on!
This is a very large scale print so I didn’t worry about matching it at the side seams. I did take a little care laying out the pattern.
Details: Grainline studio’s free Hemlock pattern with 2″ removed from the front and the back, the shoulders extended by a couple of inches, and 3-4″ shorter
I’ve been admiring shift dresses and t-shirt dresses and wanted to make one. I tried the Colette Laurel pattern, but it wasn’t meant to be – lots of fit issues to address. Since I wanted a more instant-gratification project, I decided to use the Scout Tee as the base for a dress. There was no shortage of online inspiration for turning the Scout into a dress.
I lengthened the Scout tee pattern about 12 inches (I think) and kept the slightly curved hem. I used a fairly stiff red cotton ikat print. Once it was sewn together I wasn’t satisfied with the shape. I thought a couple of darts in the back would help define the waist, but there were a few wrinkles and it didn’t seem quite right. So I consulted with my local sewing expert (thanks Mom). We played around with the shape, pinning in a few darts where the fabric was creasing and taking in the sides a bit. I tweaked the darts a few more times and ended up with two darts in the back and four in the front; two below the waist and two below the bust.
My dress fits now and I really like the way it turned out. Enough to go out in public looking for scenic backdrops!
Notes to self:
– Darts aren’t so scary, and I will be much more confident about adding and adjusting in future projects.
– Darts affect the length — the dress is 3-4 inches shorter with the darts. Next time I’ll give myself a little more length to worth with.
– Stiff cotton does not make a drapey dress. A good reminder. 😉
Details: size 0, lowered armscye, size 2 sleeve, lengthened shirt by 12″, added 6 darts for shaping
Did I mention how much I like the Scout Tee pattern? This is the third one, in a printed linen. I tried out french seams for this one, using Jen’s excellent tutorial. The inside is so neat and tidy. Love it. And it’s actually warm enough that I wore it yesterday!
Details: size 0, lowered armscye and used size 2 sleeve
When I started making clothes about a year ago, one of the first patterns I bought was Grainline Studio’s Scout tee. Wow – what a great pattern! I practiced with a cotton plaid but I really love my second one in Japanese cotton ikat. The cotton is soft and has a nice drape. I made a few modifications, including binding the neckline on the outside to show off the contrasting black ikat fabric, and lowering the armscye about 1/2″. I wear this one constantly. And now that the weather is warmer, I’m looking forward to wearing it more.
Details: size 0, scooped out the armscye 1/2″ or so
This is also a winter make. I love the Scout Tee and wanted to make a warmer one so I grabbed some cotton flannel. I also drafted a 3/4 length sleeve. Not quite as nicely as Jen describes in this tutorial, but it seems to work and now I know how to do it properly. This is a very cozy top, and I’ve even gotten compliments on it. Win!
Details: size 0, lowered armscye, size 2 sleeve
This is one of my favorite Scout tees, made over the winter. The wool plaid is from a yard sale (thanks Mom!) so it’s also super thrifty. I didn’t line it since I wear it layered over t-shirts. I finished the hem with hem tape and a blind hem stitch.
Details: size 0, lowered armscye, size 2 sleeve
I tried a knit scout several months ago, and it turned out kind of droopy and shapeless. But my Mom has been whipping up knit scouts like crazy, and when I saw her bias cut ones I was inspired to try again. After a little thought I finally realized that going down a size might solve the problem (I’m still sorta new to sewing…)
So I graded down a size from my usual 0. And made a knit scout, cut on the bias. And it fits! But I didn’t take into account how stable and un-stretchy this cotton knit was. For the next one I’ll try a drapier knit which should give a more relaxed fit. Stay tuned.
Details: graded down one size from a size 0
My second Grainline Hemlock Tee. This one has short sleeves and is in a fairly stable cotton knit. I think I made it last fall. Looking forward to it being a bit warmer so I can wear it without a sweater.