Archive for Scout Tee

Striped Linen Scout and Plain White Linden

Me-Made-May is off to a good start! I’ve got a couple of new garments to share today, both from Grainline Studio patterns. First is this light and airy Scout Tee.

linen scout front

This top is heavily inspired by this lovely striped Scout.

linen scout side

I added a curved hem and lengthened the sleeves so they could be rolled up.

linen scout back

The striped linen fabric from Stonemountain is very lightweight and a little crisp.

linen scount action

Since it was a little chilly out I layered on my new Linden sweatshirt. Although I wasn’t sure about a plain white sweatshirt I resisted the temptation to embellish. And I’ve gotta say I’m glad. Thanks to everyone who recommended leaving it plain!

white linden front

This is made from an organic cotton fleece. The only adjustment I made was to shorten the body by 2″ just like my other Lindens.

white linden back

I’m also linking up with Gray All Day’s Sew it Chic in a Week #14.

Designer Inspired Silk Tanks

Hello, what have you been sewing? I’ve been working on some silk tanks. I saw this look from the Bally 2015 Spring collection and was really taken with the v-neck tank. The front seam, deep v, wide shoulder – yep, all of it. I decided to work from my Scout Tank which is loosely based on Grainline’s Scout Tee.

Here’s the first version:

Scout Tank

It’s made from a remnant of pale pink silk noil. Love the combination of drape and texture in this fabric.

Scout Tank

Scout Tank
For the next one I decided the v needed to be deeper and the shoulders a bit wider. The shoulder seams needed to be moved towards the back. And there was a bit of pulling from the armscye towards my bust – not enough to be uncomfortable, but enough to tweak the fit a little. Here’s the second version:

Scout Tank

Woohoo! Very happy with this one – it’s got the design features I liked in the Bally tank and is perfectly wearable in real life (ahem, the v-neck is safe to wear to work). The armscye fits better too.

Scout Tank

This one is made from a lavender silk-cotton twill. I am so digging lavender right now and having a hard time finding fabric this color. I’d like to make one more of these. I think a fabric with a little more body might be nice – any suggestions?

Scout Tank

I’m also joining Gray All Day’s Sew it Chic link up this week. Be sure to check it out!

Details: started with Grainline Scout Tee sz 0, added front center seam, v-neck, wider shoulders, lower armscye, and pretty sure the original pattern was shortened 1″ or more

Scout Swing Tank

Another Grainline Scout pattern hack! I’m getting so much mileage out of this pattern. The inspiration for this top started with the Madewell Scout tutorial that Jen posted. I decided to mix it up a little and use it to create my own version of a different Madewell top. There are an awful lot of Madewell tops on my pinterest boards to choose from!


I slashed & spread the pattern to create the swing shape and cut in around the shoulders a bit more than on my previous Scout tank hack. I used Madewell Scout variation tutorial for the split neck. I also brought the length up a little.


I picked up the fabric from the sale floor at Stonemountain & Daughter. It’s a cotton jacquard with an interesting loose weave. The print is both loud and a floral – not my usual style. This was intended as a wearable muslin but I’ve ended up wearing it quite a bit. I’ve also made another version in a black yarn-dyed linen which I’ll tell you about when I get a picture.


Details: a little fuzzy – started with the Scout in sz 0, added 4″ width to the bottom of the front and back, shortened by 1″, cut in the shoulders, brought the neckline up and added a bias bound slit to the neck

Pattern Hack – Grainline Scout Tank

I’ve been on a pattern hacking kick lately. First up is a sleeveless version of the Grainline Scout Tee.

This pattern hack is inspired by a friend with a very cute top. I recently saw her in a loose fitting, slightly cropped tank. Rather than steal hers I thought I’d make my own. Her top reminded me of the Scout Tee so I headed home and whipped up the first version. This one is in Nani Iro Pocho double gauze from Miss Matatabi that I have been hoarding for just the right summer top.

Grainline Scout Tank in Nani Iro Double Gauze

One of the cool things about the inspiration top is the v-neck in back. So I gave that a shot, too.

Grainline Scout Tank in Nani Iro Double Gauze

Altogether very happy with this first attempt. But the more open front and back necklines made it a little loose on top. So to improve the fit I added little ribbon bra-strap carriers using Dixie DIY’s tutorial.

This one’s gotten plenty of wear so I knew I wanted to make another. For the second one I removed a little fabric along the neckline (took a small wedge out of the front and the back) for a closer fit up top and shortened it more.

Grainline Scout Tank in Rayon Chambray

This one is made from a tencel chambray which has a lot of drape. I didn’t want to fuss with using the tencel for bias tape since it’s a bit slippery but I didn’t want to use the heavy cotton-poly pre-made stuff either. So I made some bias tape using a cotton-silk blend that’s been sitting in my stash. It was really easy to work with and a good match to the weight of the fabric.

Grainline Scout Tank in Rayon Chambray

Quick question: does anyone have a good method for applying bias tape around a v-neck? I sort of made this up as I went along and while it turned out ok I wouldn’t mind some tips or pointers to tutorials if anyone knows of one.

Details: Scout woven tee sz 0, lowered armscye, no sleeves, modified front and back neckline (lowered and removed some width), shortened by ~2 inches

Linen Scout – #3

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

Grainline Studio Scout Tee

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

Flannel Scout

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

Wool Scout

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

Knit Scout

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