Completed: Scout Tee + Gorts

10 Aug

Today’s post features a two-fer – a top AND shorts! Woohoo! Be prepared for a slight photo overload ahead.

Scout TeeI’ll start with the top. This is the Scout Tee from Grainline Studio. It’s your basic woven tshirt with a scoop neck and a relaxed, boxy fit below the bust. I know everyone and their mom has made this pattern already, and I’m only a few years behind on the bandwagon! Honestly, the pattern didn’t appeal much to me until recently – I generally prefer to wear more fitted shapes, especially at the waistline. This was a bigger deal in the past when I had a larger bust – but the girls have shrank over the years, which has made me feel a little bolder about experimenting with different shapes and silhouettes, since I don’t feel like my waist is being quite as swamped as it was in the past. Plus, loose styles are waaaay more comfortable in the summer heat, since they allow a better airflow (I know most of you are thinking, “No shit, Sherlock,” but I have ignored this for most of my adult life! Cut me some slack!). Scout Tee

Anyway, I quite like this style on me! I guess it’s still not the most “flattering,” but I’m kind of getting to the point where I don’t care quite as much about flattering. That’s one major difference I’ve noticed about being 30 vs being 20 – I don’t really give a shit about looking ~sexy~ every time I leave the house. I’m also sure my long-term relationship has a stake in this as well, but I’ve been in long relationships in the past and my attitude was definitely the opposite. Wearing loose-fitting anything – especially around my waistline – is a pretty new style territory for me, one that I’m starting to slowly explore and actually wear out in public. Also, it’s damn comfy.

Scout TeeBack to the pattern! I cut the size 0 and shortened the hem by a couple of inches to give it a more cropped length (but long enough so that it still covers the waistband of my pants). The pattern was really easy to put together – it’s just a front and a back, little cap sleeves, and a neckline bound with a bias facing. I like that it fits through the shoulders and the bust, then falls straight down to the hem. Even though it’s loose, it doesn’t look sloppy. One thing I noticed is that the shoulders tend to pull toward the front – since I used a different fabric for the back, this is a lot more noticeable. It doesn’t bother me at all – I actually like the way it looks, to be honest – but I’m also not sure if it’s part of the pattern, or a fitting issue. Thoughts?

(ps, sorry about the wrinkles – like most of my makes lately, these were taken after a full day of wearing) Scout Tee

The fabric is what really makes this top shine, though! It is GORGEOUS, amirte?! This is a pretty special piece – it’s handwoven here in Nashville! The company who makes this beautiful cotton fabric is Shutters & Shuttles. I don’t know if they even sell yardage anymore, but they used to. I believe they sell yardage to local designers, which – ding ding ding! – is where I got my little piece from. Back when Elizabeth Suzann used to sell limited-edition tops made with this beautiful handwoven fabric (and other colors/styles of fabric as well), she had a whole stash of it. Eventually, the limited edition ended and Elizabeth’s line moved in a different direction. And then she destashed the studio, and this piece ended up in that stash bag I was telling y’all about. It was a very small piece, so it took me a while to figure out what to do with it. A lot of Georgia Tees were made using Shutters & Shuttles fabric, and they all looked awesome, so I followed that lead with my own boxy tee. Scout Tee it was! Except that I didn’t have *quite* enough fabric to cut both fronts and backs, so the fabric sat on my shelf for several months while I looked for a good color match.

Scout TeeWhen I made my coral B5526, the coral voile was stored right next to this fabric, and I realized that they were perfectly matched. Which was lucky enough in itself, because this is a really weird (albeit beautiful) coral to try to match. I bought another yard on my next Mood order, and used the voile to cut the back of this tee. I also used the voile for the bias facing at the neckline – it’s a much lighter weight with less bulk than the handwoven cotton, so it sits on the neckline a little better (plus it looks pretty on the inside!). Scout Tee

I got these little tags in an order from Grey’s Fabric awhile back, and I think they are so cute! I wanna be a crafty fox!

Scout TeeTo crop the hem, I just folded up an extra-deep hem allowance and topstitched it. One, because I like the way the shirt hangs with the extra weight at the hem, and two, because I wasn’t sure if this whole slightly-cropped-tshirt thing was going to be my jam next summer. I might change my mind and want it to be longer (or even shorter, I dunno), so I left the hem allowance there as a bit of a safety measure. And also a big ol’ dangly thread, it seems.

Now for the shorts! Ginger Gorts

I made Jorts – or Gorts, as I am calling these (jorts is a really annoying way to say jean shorts, in case you were wondering!)! Remember when I utterly failed at that shit last year? Man, those shorts look fucking stupid in retrospect. What was I thinking? And if you were wondering – I never wore them beyond that blog post. They were just tooo uncomfortable and I was terrified the zipper was going to bust. They sat guiltily in my dresser for a few months before I finally chucked them.

Anyway, I’m glad I failed at that shit because I learned some very important Sewing Life Lessons:
1. Don’t make jorts out of a pattern intended for trouser shorts. It looks fucking stupid. Better to start with a jeans (pants) pattern and cut it short accordingly.
2. Jorts need fancy jean topstitching, or they aren’t proper jorts. And, they look stupid.
3. Until you figure things out otherwise, jorts need some stretch in the fabric, else they won’t be comfortable.
4. For zipper security, there needs to be a bartack connecting the fly shield to the front of the pants. This is EXTREMELY important. That’s why my zipper kept breaking on the fail pair – pulling the shorts on and off was putting way too much stress on the bottom of the zipper, which caused it to break. I eventually figured this out by inspecting a pair of my jeans – the bartack that hits right at the curve of the fly topstitching is intended to take the stress off the zipper, so you can pull on and off your tight pants. I had left that bartack off, which made my pants weak right at the crotch (kind of like most men lololol amirite)(sorry).

So, with those lessons in mind, I re-attempted the jorts. These are way better! Not perfect, but better. I know they look pretty wrinkly in these photos, but again, those are wearing wrinkles – not fitting wrinkles. Well, maybe a couple of them are fitting wrinkles. I am human, after all.

Ginger GortsI call these Gorts because I used the Ginger jeans pattern to make them! Ahahaha aren’t I clever! I just love this pattern and I spent a solid chunk of my time in Peru dreaming about making more jeans because I just looove all the detail that goes into the topstitching – but knowing that I don’t need jeans right now, because it’s way too hot! So I was happy to compromise with shorts instead. To make the pattern shorts-appropriate, I just measured the inseam of my favorite shorts and cut that length + 1″ from the inseam of the pattern. In retrospect, I should have added a little more length so that I would have a proper cuff (I didn’t plan these to have a cuff, but they were too long once I’d already hemmed them and I didn’t feel like-rehemming). Maybe next time! Also, if I go with the future cuff, I need to widen the bottom of the shorts at the hemline, because they are a little tight at the thigh (cuffs need to be wider so that when they flip up, they are the right width. This is hard to explain without pictures, so here’s an example in this book I found. Thanks, Google Books!). Giving them a good stretch when I put them on helps, though. Ginger Gorts

For fabric, I used a stretch denim from Mood Fabrics. The weight was perfect, but the stretch was a little less than what the pattern calls for (which I determined the unscientific way by comparing it to the denim I used to make my first pair of Gingers). I added 1/4″ to the side seams to accommodate for this, but they are still a little bit stiff. The other bummer is that this fabric has a severe bleeding problem – the first time I wore these jeans, they rubbed indigo dye all over the inside of my purse. I was carrying the only nice purse I’ve ever owned, which HAPPENS to be white. Wah!! I was able to get the majority of the discoloration off with a stain remover, but now I’m afraid to sit on anything remotely light-colored. I washed the denim a second time with a cup of vinegar in the wash to set the dye, but they are still rubbing off a little.

All in all, though, I’d say these are a good practice run! When I finally make my fancy Ginger jeans with the Cone Mills denim kit that I bought earlier this year, I am hoping that I’ll have enough leftovers to make some solid Gorts. We’ll see! Pants first!

Anyway, photos:

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Every time I make jeans, I want to experiment with different colored topstitching thread & serger thread – but I always punk out at the last minute. With these, I used bright blue thread for the button hole – baby steps! It also matches the lining and the serger thread.

Ginger GortsOh, right, and the backside of the button hole is emerald green πŸ™‚ Ginger Gorts

For the topstitching, I used my new 1/4″ foot. THAT THING IS AWESOME. There’s a dull blade that sits exactly 1/4″ from the needle, to help you align your stitching and ensures erfect parallel lines every time. Totally worth the $$$ I spent on it. Although I should probably focus on my bartacks next – those clearly need a bit more work. My machine doesn’t have a setting for bartacks, so I have to trial-and-error with experimental zigzagging.

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Ginger GortsYou can also see that I changed up the positioning of the rivets – they are only on the front pockets. The pattern has you put 2 rivets on the back pockets, which I did with my first pair, but I never really liked the way it looked. RTW jeans don’t typically have rivets on the back pockets – ok, ok, SOME DO, but not the majority! – and I thought it made them look sort of homemade. I also recall reading, like WAY back in the past, that the original Levi’s didn’t have rivets on the back pockets because they would get too hot when the gold miners sat next to a fire. Full disclosure, it was a research paper on the history of jeans/Levi’s that my cousin wrote for one of her classes in high school, and I found it because I was snooping in her room when she wasn’t home (what? She had a really cool Barbie Dream House that she wouldn’t let me play with). That one statement was really fascinating to me and has stuck with me through the years (although I don’t remember anything else about the paper). This would have been around 1992-1993, so yeah, a while ago (and yes, I realize we are talking about a paper written by a high schooler, back before you could use the internet for research – so obviously I can be completely off my mark here). A quick Google tells me that the rivets also scratched cowboy’s saddles, which might be another reason why the back pockets ones were eliminated. Either way, I think they look weird and out-of-place on the back pockets. So front pocket rivets only for me! Scout Tee

And that’s it for this outfit! Tell me – has your style relaxed as you aged? Do you find yourself experimenting with new silhouettes, or do you stick with the tried and true? How do you feel about rivets on the back pockets of jeans? Do you think the cowboys were onto something?


86 Responses to “Completed: Scout Tee + Gorts”

  1. Rachel August 10, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    Looks great! I’m all about scout tees and shorts right now, too. And I think my shoulder seams also roll to the front…

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:01 am #

      It sounds like most everyone’s shoulder seams roll to the front. Glad to hear that’s part of the design and not a fitting issue on my end! πŸ™‚

  2. Kerry August 10, 2015 at 7:25 am #

    I love the fabric you used for the Scout, it looks great. I have definitely found my style changed as I got older, partly from body changes but also lifestyle changes too. I used to like a more defined waist but now prefer a looser fit there too

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:02 am #

      Lifestyle changes are certainly a big factor! I used to actually go out and do stuff, but I’m a total homebody now hahaha

  3. lisa g August 10, 2015 at 7:29 am #

    Huge fan of the Scout Tee. Love the fabrics you used, they pair so nicely. And I believe the shoulder seam is supposed to sit forward; personally, I love that feature. Nice job on the shorts! I just finished a similar pair yesterday that I’ve been dreaming of all summer, but wasn’t in the mood to sew. And I’m also team rivets on front pockets only πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:03 am #

      I like the forward shoulder seam too! I’m glad to hear it’s part of the design of the tshirt

  4. rachelo August 10, 2015 at 8:04 am #

    OOoo very nice, especially the gorts πŸ™‚ It’s amazing how obvious it is when something a bit like jeans is not quite right, even when you’ve not really studied them. I feel pretty jammy that here in the UK we can wear our jeans right through the summer πŸ™‚ A shorts day is a rare thing!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:04 am #

      Haha not me! I’m happy I get some hot weather to enjoy my shorts – I think I’d be sick of my jeans if I had to wear them year-round πŸ™‚

  5. LinB August 10, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    1. Being comfortable in your clothing IS sexy, no matter your age. (Well, not little children. They are not supposed to be sexy.)

    2. I LOVE that open-weave cotton you used on the front of the shirt. I’ve used that same fabric, in two different color-ways, for more than 20 years. I’m so glad it is still available; it’s wonderful stuff. Nice and heavy and drapy, but loosely woven so it breathes well. I’ve used the blue one three times, and the brown one. Wear it proudly and comfortably until you are heartily sick of it — it won’t wear out on you like a tighter weave will.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:07 am #

      1. Agreed on both points! πŸ™‚

      2. Yeah, this open-weave cotton is wonderful! Even though it’s fairly heavy for a cotton, it’s nice and cool and has a beautiful drape. It feels REALLY good in this summer heat! And I love how the colors look, both from far away and up close when you realize there is a textured pattern to the fabric. Just lovely stuff. I’m glad to hear that it wears great as well!

  6. Marie August 10, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    Planning loads of scout tees myself at the mo. I worried about loose fitting due to bust/waist ratio but so long as I’m careful with the drape it’s now my go-to.

    Love the shorts and your posts always make me chuckle (lololol amirite?).

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:08 am #

      Ha! I try to get a chuckle with all my posts, so I guess something is working! πŸ˜› lolz

  7. Anonymous August 10, 2015 at 8:14 am #

    Nice sewing job, but the yoke on the Ginger is too deep, making the back pockets sit too low. Not your fault. I notice this on every post I see on this pattern. Compare to RTW and you’ll see.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:10 am #

      Yeah, I noticed that from these pictures. It’s not as much of an issue with my full-length jeans – although I may dig them out of winter storage and try them on just to be sure. Thanks for the head’s up!

  8. Jan August 10, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    Love the idea of two fabrics for the tee–very nice! Definitely enjoy more relaxed styles the older I get, but still like trying out new styles. I’m just not as likely to put up with something that isn’t really comfortable. No rivets on the back pockets for me, and I agree with the previous comment that the Ginger back pockets sit too low.

    Do you have a tip for sewing through multiple layers of denim, like on the belt loops? I either break my needle or the thread frays and breaks

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:12 am #

      Use a big needle (a 90/14 or higher, or a jeans-specific needle) and go SLOW. The slower you sew, the less likely the needle is to snap from the pressure. If the thread is breaking off, it is probably an issue with your thread. Try changing to a different brand/type and see if that helps (some machines like different brands, and some machines hate denim/topstitching thread altogether), and make sure you’re not filling the bobbin with any sort of heavy topstitching thread.

  9. sewwrong August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    Yes, my style has definitely changed over the years! I used to wear only super tight tops in high school/college because anything loose made my small bewbs look even more non-existant. But now, I love looser fitting garments that don’t cling to my midsection – I hate having to feel like I need to suck my stomach in all day, and they’re much more flattering looking.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      Yes! I totally agree with you – sucking in your stomach all day is SO OVERRATED. And I wore super tight tops in high school too, but for the opposite boob reason – I wanted to show those things off haha (and I’m glad I got some use out of ’em! No ragrets hahahah).

  10. rootbranchbole August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    I completely get the changing style as you hit 30. The other day I grabbed some rayon crepe and thought to myself, “You know what would be perfect? A loose-fitting, strappy slip dress, maybe with a ruffle at the bottom” then immediately thought “WHAT HAVE I BECOME”

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      Hahaha!! That’s how I feel with like half the stuff I plan to make these days! What have we become indeed?! (comfortable, that’s what!)

  11. Karen Lyon August 10, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Lladybird, I really admire the way you matched the tee fabrics so that it looks like a high end top. I keep smaller remnants intending to use them for something like childrens’ clothes, even if the fabric is not particularly suitable for children. I hate waste. I am going to go through my patterns and start testing some matches. Should be interesting. Until you started blogging about the shorts, I thought they were RTW. You did an amazing job on them and have every right to be proud. Regarding the indigo dye leaching out, in my youth, (50 plus years ago,) we got a basin of very hot water, dissoved a couple of cups of salt in it, and swished fabric around in it until the water cololed. Then we would rinse it and see if the colour still ran and do it again, if necessary. The purpose was to both pre=shrink the fabric, and make it colourfast. I hope this helps. Regards, Karen

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    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:16 am #

      That’s a good tip for colorfasting the denim! I will have to try that if I can’t get this stuff to stop rubbing all over my poor purse.

  12. RED August 10, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    I’m totally feeling you with comfort over sexiness in our 30’s. In my 20’s, I had no problem with super tight t-shirts and showing some belly (or butt crack, thanks to low-rise jeans). Now I go for less fitted clothing and am about to experiment with boxier dresses a la Japanese fashion. You’re rocking the look, by the way! Flowier fabric in the summer FTW.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Hahaha I was allll about some butt crack in the early 00s. We called that butt cleavage, and every girl I know was extremely proud of hers. Now that I’ve typed that out it sounds absolutely awful, but oh well!

      • LinB August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am #

        “Butt cleavage.” Good Lord. In the 70s, it was the other end of our butts that kept peeking out of our hotpants.

        • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:58 am #

          Ahem, that still rings true for me in the summertime. Always with the buttcheek shorts! Forever!

          Aaaand with that being said, I think I’ve talked about my butt enough in these comments. Haha!!

  13. tamsinwp August 10, 2015 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Lauren, I really like both of these. The colour of the top is lovely. I have been looking at the Scout Tee as I have fancied a woven tee recently, but am still unsure about the lack of shape! Your Gorts are great and look much more like a rtw pair of jeans shorts. Have yet to brave the jeans-making myself!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:19 am #

      If the lack of shape concerns you too much, you can always try making the tee out of something with a lot of drape. Then it will hang in a way that still shows your shape underneath (instead of masking you with it’s own shape). That’s what I want to make this pattern with next! Just gotta decide on which fabric from my stash πŸ˜€

  14. feministgina August 10, 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Love these Gorts! They look awesome, and that fabric for the Scout tee is incredible. I never thought about rivets on the back pockets looking funny – when I made my Gingers I put them on the back pockets, but maybe I’ll leave them off on my next version!

    I am in 100% agreement about getting older! I never felt that sexy anyway, but I feel a lot less anxiety about it now. I was talking about this at my knitting group and Jen from Grainline and I were trying to explain to a couple of women in their 20s that you just give less of a fuck once you get older, and it’s awesome. I’m not sure they totally believed us, but I’m betting they’ll see what we’re talking about when they get there! I freaked out for like 5 minutes when I turned 30 because the number seemed so big to me, but then I immediately realized that being in your 30s is the best.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:22 am #

      It’s SO true about giving less of a fuck as you get older! When I was 20, you wouldn’t have caught me dead going out on public with, say, unshaved legs. Now I just don’t give a shit if my legs are smooth – one, who’s looking; and two – yeah, who’s looking? Hahah! I certainly don’t look at someone’s hairy legs and think any less of them, so I doubt people are thinking the same of me (and if they are – good for them, I guess, but I’d like to think that we all have bigger things to concern ourselves with rather than worry about if someone has some extra body hair). That’s just one example, but I’m starting to feel that way about everything and it is sooo freeing. I love being 30!

  15. Jo August 10, 2015 at 11:36 am #

    I’m in love with the front panel fabric for the Scout Tee – it looks great as a feature and gives me ideas for when I dive into that pattern.

    By the way, I’m of the front rivets only clan – my issue with bum rivets is that they can sometimes catch on upholstery fabric, and failing that can leave nasty indents and marks too. It was something I noticed when working in clothes retail during university.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:24 am #

      That was one of the things I read about back rivets – they can tear whatever you’re sitting on. It would definitely be a bummer to rip up someone’s couch with your butt!

  16. Mandykatt August 10, 2015 at 11:41 am #

    Nice makes! That orange fabric is to die for. I love the Ginger jeans pattern with a great passion. I think they’re super flattering once you get them customised.
    With bartacks, I use my buttonhole setting instead of fiddling with smaller and smaller zigzags. My machine has a dial on the back that you can turn to fine tune your buttonhole zigzag width, so I get that right for the denim and then go to town with the bartacks and buttonhole.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Why did I not think to use the button hole setting?!!? This is why I blog. Y’all give me the best ideas. Thank you so much!!

  17. ellegeemakes August 10, 2015 at 11:59 am #

    That fabric! OMG, I want it! Your scout tee is so cute and I’m inspired by your Gorts. The top stitching is great. Too bad that the dye rubs off. I’ve tried vinegar rinses before for denim-dye issues and have had great success. Hope you will too. I’ve used the buttonhole stitch on my machine for bar tacks and it’s worked well because the width is adjustable and the stitch looks so tight and even. But honestly, yours look great as is.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      The button hole stitch is an AMAZING tip and I’m going to try that with my next pair of jeans. Thank you for the suggestion!

  18. Sara | An Elemental Life August 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Oooh, I’ve been thinking about making somegorts! I love love love my Ginge jeans and figured I’d probably love some shorts from the same pattern.
    My style has totally changed as I’ve gotten farther from my 20s. I would never have worn the Scout tee in my mid 20s. Not fitted! Too much potential for being dumpy looking! No one will know I actually have a waist! But now, I’m in love with loose tops. I’ve made about 5 woven scout tees and 3 or 4 in knit. It’s my all time favorite slouchy knit tee now. I do find that I prefer fitted bottoms with my looser tops. I can’t go all loose and flowy like a full on sack dress yet. Maybe when I’m older πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:27 am #

      I agree that fitted bottoms look best with the loose tops! But I’m hoping that someday I’ll be able to throw ALL fucks to the wind and go full on sack dress. I’m not there yet, but I probably will be in another 30 years! haha!

  19. tinygoldenpins August 10, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    I love the Scout. I think it’s sexy which shows you where my head is at. It has that daring little scoop neck, don’t you know. The whole age thing is very weird. I think 20 you’re just experimenting and figuring out sexy, 30 is whatever, but around 50 and 60 you (read I) start to dig wearing colors and lower necklines to make up for the fact that you don’t wear shorts or short skirts anymore. It’s all right, all of it, whatever you want to do.

    I completely adore that fabric. How lucky you are to be able to get such special pieces!!! The Gorts are cute, too.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      I cannot wait to turn 50 and then 60. Back in my 20s, the idea of being ~old~ was completely horrifying to me (as it likely is with most 20 year olds, ha), but if it’s anything as good as 30 is proving to be, I think I’m gonna have a grand old time.

  20. Michelle Rivera: Sew Heartfelt August 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    You ARE a crafty fox- like seriously, don’t even doubt it. That fabric, ugh, how badly do I want to be present for an Elizabeth Suzann de-stashing? LOL Is it weird that I like the wrinkly, just worn all day shorts? I feel like it gives them this neat spider web texture and kinda makes them look alive. ps- buttonhole is my new word for when someone is being a jerk. XOXO

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:30 am #

      Buttonhole is the perfect insult hahaha!

  21. craftsanctuary August 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Yay Gorts! These look damn good, imho. As for the scout, I think you’re rockin it! I, too, have an issue with boxy, non-fitted things that I’m starting to explore. I think it’s the boobs, lol. I do like them tucked in, or with skinny pants, though if they’re in the right fabric. I love the way you paired the two fabrics. I may have to steal that idea for some large “scraps” I’ve got around…

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:33 am #

      It’s definitely the boobs – with a loose-fitting top, it’s going to skim over your boobs and hang straight over the waist, making your waist “appear” to be the same size as your boobs. I always thought that sort of style was awful for girls with big boobs, but then I see those aforementioned girls rocking the SHIT out of oversized whatever and I stand corrected. Especially when they wear that shit with skinny jeans. Skinny jeans make everything look better!

  22. Jan August 10, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

    Your topstitching is mighty impressive! Wow.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Thank you! I gotta give all the credit to that 1/4″ foot, though – it’s magical πŸ™‚

  23. Jane August 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    The fabric on your Scout tee is gorgeous and I think you’ve nailed the shorts, they’re fab! I’ve always liked my garments to be very fitted, especially round the waist. However, I’ve found myself sewing a few garments that aren’t super fitted recently and really liking the results, I think it’s definitely an age thing! x

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:44 am #

      So I guess the conclusion here is that aging makes you inevitably more comfortable in your clothes. I will take that! πŸ™‚ haha!

  24. Vicki Lynch August 10, 2015 at 6:21 pm #

    I’m getting the Scout T! You did lovely work on both garments. I always marvel at the things you create, like those shorts, and a coat…intimate apparel….and your dresses. The attention to detail and finishing really sets your work apart. You do an amazing job and inspire others to give the more difficult pieces a go.
    Loose fitting things-that’s totally an age thing. At some point you just decide looking stylish as well as being comfortable all day far out ways other considerations.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:45 am #

      Thank you so much! I love sewing and creating, and I love learning new things and perfecting the skills that I’ve already obtained. It’s such a satisfying hobby and has done wonders for my overall mood and happiness πŸ™‚ Sewing is the best!

  25. Lora August 10, 2015 at 8:18 pm #

    Love the two fabric on the t-shirt. I’m all about t-shirts, square or fitted!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Tshirts are a staple no matter what the shape!

  26. qplourde August 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    I guess I’m the last person who hasn’t tried that pattern yet – and I’ve always been meh on it because I thought it might look unflattering on me as well. Maybe I should give it a try. I really love the jorts – they look perfect!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:49 am #

      I thought the same thing about the pattern, but I’m really happy with how it turned out! If you’ve got some big scraps lurking in your stash that are too big to throw away but too small to use, then I’d definitely consider giving it a try πŸ™‚

  27. Ines August 10, 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    Adorable outfit, those shorts are perfection. I have a tip on loose stuff , not that you asked but hey Im petite like you seem to be and have been nervous about being swallowed by fabric or looking frumpy. My trick is to make sure the fabric is not stiff, that its soft or flowy; then since ones body is always in motion the fabric hugs you as you move and you can see the contours of the body on and off. Its actually really sexy.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      That’s what I try to do with my looser-fitting clothes – keep the fabric flowy, and I think the way it hangs makes it look better. But sometimes those stiff, exaggerated shapes are fun too πŸ™‚

  28. Ines August 10, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh talking about style I just happen to be reading ” Oh no she didn’t , 100 style mistakes by Clinton Kelly ” and Im falling off my chair its so funny, its not for the easily offended b/c chances are you are doing t least one of those 100 things , at least I am. But its worth it its so funny, and hes usually right if you are humble enough to admit it.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:51 am #

      Ooh I’m gonna have to check that out! Thanks for the suggestion πŸ˜€

  29. fionaparker17 August 11, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    I don’t think the top is unflattering on you at all! The outfit really suits you! That is some seriously lovely fabric you’ve got your hands on there for the top and that topstitching has got me drooling and itching to finally get started on my Gingers which are sitting in a nice pile of pattern pieces in the corner!

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:52 am #

      GIRL. Make those Gingers! You are gonna love the process (and, well, the jeans themselves!) and wonder why you didn’t finish them sooner!

  30. Amy G August 11, 2015 at 3:02 am #

    Lauren, I have to get this out there immediately. You NEED to make jeans with emerald top stitching all over!! That colour is just heaven. Oh and awesome outfit too πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:53 am #

      Emerald topstitching is on my shortlist! Well, combined with some copper topstitching – that’s how my I+W jeans are done, and it’s beeeeeautiful.

  31. sewbusylizzy August 11, 2015 at 4:12 am #

    My work style never changes – always fitted shift dresses, pencil skirts etc… but my casual style is totally punch drunk & changes all the time. That said, I tend to favour looser styles in summer because hot, humid & fitted is not a match made in heaven.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:54 am #

      Definitely true! Hot and humid summers don’t mix well with those fitted clothes – especially if you dare to go anywhere that isn’t blasted with a/c!

      • sewbusylizzy August 12, 2015 at 5:04 am #

        Exactly – hence most polys are not my friend

  32. Bella August 11, 2015 at 4:14 am #

    I really like this silhouette on you! I personally think that it’s incredibly flattering, but I guess that what we find flattering is so personal. I enjoy wearing boxy/loose shapes because often it means I can highlight one area of my figure (usually legs) while creating an interesting shape up top, or on the bottom if I’m wearing a big skirt. Btw my Scouts all have the shoulder seam a little forward of my actual shoulder, I think that it must be drafted that way. I like it and think that it looks very cool with your contrast fabric peeking over.

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      See, I’ve never given much thought to my legs (I mean, other than appreciating them for all the awesome stuff they do haha). I always figured my assets were my bust + waist. But it is fun to highlight different areas, and explore creating different shapes with the clothing you wear.

  33. Heather Lou August 11, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Oh god I love these so much. Your little petite legs can totally pull off gorts – DAMN YOU CELLULITE! *Shakes fist at sky*

    • LLADYBIRD August 11, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      lol I totally have cellulite AND I STILL WEAR BUTT SHORTS. To hell with it! Show off them legs, girl!

  34. Liz August 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    What a lovely summery combination! I totally agree with the changing silhouettes with changing age. I never used to pick square or boxy shapes when I was younger, but now it’s pretty much all I want to wear. You’ve also inspired me to consider, MAYBE, tackling jeans someday!

  35. Beth August 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm #

    well, you’re just going to have to live with sexy…. LOL. with the proportions of top and shorts, you’ve scored it! looks wonderful on you!

  36. Li Ann August 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Definitely true about the ageing process and going for more streamlined silhouettes. Loose boxy tops and fitted bottoms are a nice neat look I think! I made my first linen Scout two years ago and still need an army!

  37. amysbuttonbox August 13, 2015 at 6:20 am #

    This outfit looks great, I love the tee and bravo on the gorts they are fab!

  38. Grace August 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

    About the Scout. YES, the shoulder seams are forward, but the front and back seam are also at a different angle, some of which has to do with the slope of the shoulder, but not all. The result is that the shoulder seam at the neckline is further forward than at the sleeve cap. I’ve made several Scouts and at this point I have “corrected” the pattern to make the seam line parallel with the natural shoulder line. I did this by moving the shoulder seam at the neck toward the back. I also think there is a slight misalignment of the shoulder seam in the sizes I’ve made (16 & 18), which I’ve corrected recently (there is a pic in my instagram) although I’m not sure if this is an issue in the size 0. For what it’s worth, the larger end of the size range is further from Jen’s sample size so the issue may be smaller on your end.

  39. Casey Maura August 14, 2015 at 2:21 am #

    LOVE that top! I keep eyeing the pattern and have it on my wishlist. I’ve been toying around with the Renfrew t-shirt lately, but I think I’d like something a bit less fitted (and am just too lazy/busy to bother tinkering further with the Renfrew). Silly, but I really, really like the tag you sewed in! πŸ™‚

    I had no idea we’re the same age! πŸ˜‰ lol. Anyway… I couldn’t agree more that I’m less concerned about looking “sexy” all the time (or showing off my curves); I wear a lot more loose-fitting shapes at this point. It’s just easier, and I live in a country that doesn’t have air conditioning (or at least in the sense of what we have in the US), which means I’d rather wear a breezy top/dress than sweat to death in a tight fitting outfit. πŸ˜‰ lol. I also think that at 30 I’m a lot more confident in my appearance to not have to be “in your face–hello, this is my figure!” 24/7. lol. Which is nice, because I suffered a heck of a lot for fashion in my 20s. πŸ˜‰

  40. gingerella August 14, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    Oh these both look SO good! I love the fabric of the Scout Tee. I’m apparently one of the people who hasn’t made this pattern apparently, probably because I tend to go for something more fitted at the waist, or at least tuck a loose fitting top into a skirt. My style has changed over the years (definitely now being part of the 30s club too) but I do still like something to show my waist a little The Gorts look great (brilliant name!) and I think I’m with you on only front pocket rivets.

  41. sewing with kate August 14, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    You did such a great job with the Gorts. Love them!

  42. Kylie August 14, 2015 at 9:26 pm #

    Okay, I was just adding Railcar’s Cone Mills raw denim shorts to my (next) summer wardrobe wish list, but now I’m seeing your fabulous pair and my head is all confused.

  43. Chrissy Jordan (@ParloCosmetics) August 18, 2015 at 8:28 am #

    Just found you via Bloglovin and YES! I’m so excited to be here. Just wanted to say I love your personality and design style.

  44. Persevering Heart August 21, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Cute, cute! If you still have a dye bleeding problem, you can try soaking your shorts in cold water with A LOT of salt (just cheap table salt) in it. I usually soak overnight, rinse in the washing machine, and if the rinse water still has dye, I just repeat until the rinse water is clear. I grew up doing it, and it always works for me! I’ve also had good luck with using vinegar and ammonia to remove dye transfer if the remover you have doesn’t work. I soak in vinegar water, rinse, ammonia water, rinse, and wash. It got red dye out of a lemon yellow cotton/rayon knit without damaging it. I also used it on an antique feed sack quilt that bled out really badly when I *had* to wash it, and everyone came out alive and clean. πŸ˜‰

  45. gingermakes August 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Cute outfit! And dude, it’s not just wardrobe that changed for me in my 30s… I just feel so much more comfortable in my skin overall! After I turned 30 I just felt so much more relaxed about e v e r y t h i n g. Bring on 40! πŸ˜‰


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