Completed: 2 More Scout Tees

8 Aug

Apologies in advance for the big Grainline kick I’ve been on lately. Nothing intentional, no ulterior motives – I am just really loving the patterns these days! Brace yourselves for more where this came from (oh ho ho ho wait till you see my backlog of finished projects), but first – some Scout Tees!

I made 2 Scout Tees, both of which I will be sharing in this post because I think splitting it into separate posts is a bit of an overload – especially since I’ve already made and posted about this pattern twice (see: handwoven cotton and birds). What can I say – I love this pattern and it’s been a hardworking staple in my summer wardrobe this year.

Gauze Scout Tee

First Scout is this one that I made out of a cool (both literally and figuratively) cotton gauze. The best part about this particular project is that the fabric didn’t start out as a yardage – it was actually a scarf! See?:

Gauze Scout Tee

I don’t know the true origins of the scarf; it was given to me by the one guy in my knitting group (btw, every knitting group should have a Token Dude. It really makes you feel like you made it as a knitting group coordinator haha). He was in the process of helping his mother downsize and move, and thus ended up with a big stack of fabrics that needed to be rehomed – most of which ended up in the trunk of my car. This scarf was part of that loot bag. I originally wanted to keep it as a scarf and just wear it like that, cos I looove those gorgeous gauzy scarves and yes I wear them in the summer don’t you dare judge me, but the fact is I never ever come across fabric in this weight/print and I felt like I needed to take advantage of that surprise yardage. Once I realized that I could squeeze a little woven top out of it, my game plan immediately changed.

Since Scout is intended for wovens, it was a good pattern for this project. It’s also fairly small (at least in the size that I cut, which was a 0), doesn’t have a bunch of pieces, and is narrow enough to fit on this scarf. The scarf was also fairly wide – not quite as wide as true fabric yardage, but wide enough to accommodate the pattern pieces on the fold. I had enough length so that I was able to place the print where I wanted it, as well as match it across the seams. I decided the pattern would look best with the paisley design across the hem (which I made sure to account for the hem allowance while cutting), and the white/blue scattered paisleys at the top and on the sleeves. Having a large cutting surface is ideal for this, as I was able to lay everything out and make sure I had enough fabric to match everything before I started cutting.

Gauze Scout Tee

Gauze Scout Tee

Cotton gauze is super lightweight, as well as borderline sheer, so I used French seams throughout for a neat and delicate finish. The hem is 2″ deep, to slightly crop the tee as well as give the bottom some extra weight. The sleeve hems are a simple rolled 1/4″ hem. And I used silk crepe as the neckline bias facing, instead of self-fabric (I don’t even want to think about trying to do a bias facing with this gauze – that shit would have been a nightmare!).

The finished top is definitely a bit see-through if you look very closely, but the busy print helps camouflage things. I also make sure to wear a light or flesh-colored bra underneath (I’m wearing my yellow lace Marlborough in these photos) so there’s not too much of a contrast. The only downside is that the fabric – despite being pre-washed by me, as well as whatever washing it may or may not have gotten in it’s previous life – tends to transfer blue dye on anything it constantly rubs against. Learned this one the hard way after getting home from the flea market last month and discovering that my bra straps were blue, as well as the back side (the part that goes against my body) of my mostly white purse. LAME. Thankfully, most of it washed off with some dish soap and a bit of patient scrubbing. As a side note, if anyone has a good recommendation on how to get a white canvas purse cleaned – yeah, I think I’m gonna need that. I have put that poor Kate Spade through hell and back at this point haha.

All right, second Scout Tee!

Birdy Scout Tee

Recognize this fabric?! I made a fantastic bird dress out of most of it (which is still one of my favorite things I’ve ever made to date, and I still wear it whenever I need to impress someone), but I had about 1 yard left over that I’ve been hoarding ever since, just waiting for the right project. Silk Scout Tee it is, then! And you can go ahead and laugh that I now have 2 bird print Scout Tees. It’s ok, I just really like birds 😛

Birdy Scout Tee

Birdy Scout Tee

As with the gauze Scout, this pattern is really great for letting the fabric take center stage. And same as with the gauze version, it doesn’t require a lot of fabric, so I was able to eek it out of my tiny yardage remains. Notice how completely different the shape is, though, since this georgette has a lot more drape an less body than the gauze. I think both look awesome, but this one is definitely a bit more flattering since it’s not so boxy.

Not much to say about this one that wasn’t already said about the gauze one (and hence why I’m slapping both into one post). It was sewn pretty much the exact same way – French seams, 2″ hem, etc etc. I did use self-fabric as the bias facing for this one, which I’m not entirely happy with how it lays and probably should have used silk or cotton voile instead, but whatever. I just don’t think the georgette behaves as well as a silk crepe would have. Too late now, though, cos I ain’t about to rip it out! It’s fine. IT’S FINE.

I don’t know why I got dressform and flat shots of this one and not the other, but here you go:

Birdy Scout Tee

Birdy Scout Tee

Birdy Scout Tee

Birdy Scout Tee

I’m trying really hard not to get all weird and hoardy with my favorite fabrics, because they don’t do me a lot of good just sitting on the shelf. I want to make them into things that I love so I can wear them and love them every day! It can be a little stressful when it’s fabric you know you can’t get more of in case you done goof it up (this bird stuff sold out REALLY fast!), but I’m working on trusting myself and my best judgement. Again – it’s not doing me any good sitting on the shelf! Gotta take that shit out and actually give it the use and love that it deserves!

Gauze Scout Tee

I think I’m done with Scouts for now, but that doesn’t mean I’m over the woven tshirt! Right after I finished cutting these two, Megan Nielsen released her Sudley pattern, and the blouse is giving me all kinds of heart eyes. I’d love to make a version with the back keyhole!

As a side note – hi, welcome to my living room. I think I like these pictures better than the ones in my sewing room (the only good lighting in my sewing room has some wretched boring background action), although the changing light is a bit of a challenge. I dunno. Taking photos indoors in general is a bit of a challenge, to be honest, but it sure beats standing outside with a tripod while all my neighbors snoop on me through their windows haha (which is what I imagine is happening, and more than likely actually not the case at all).


41 Responses to “Completed: 2 More Scout Tees”

  1. sunshineinal August 8, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    Love your Scout tees. You inspire me to get busy and finish organizing my sewing room so I can get back in there to make some new tops. About your hand bag, if you can’t get it clean you could always paint a design on it. I’ve seen some of your art work and you certainly have the ability to pull it off.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

      Oh, it’s already got a lemon print design on it. I wouldn’t paint over it, I’d rather it just be dirty haha 🙂

  2. LinB August 8, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    You can do quite a lot with scarf yardage, even if you don’t cut the scarves! Check your local internet for tutorials on turning scarves into vests — most are made by temporarily tying one or more scarves in ingenious ways. I took a really large rayon scarf with fringed hems and cut a lengthwise slit in the middle of the middle for my head (handrolled the edges) then folded the scarf in half from end to end and basted the sides closed except for about 5 inches near the fold, for my arms. Makes the coolest summer dress ever. Bonus? I can remove the basting from the sides and still use the thing as a scarf this winter.

  3. Indoor Kitty August 8, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    My go-to stain removal techniques:

    1. Blue Dawn dish soap and Oxyclean. It absolutely must be Dawn, and it must be blue. No plant-based-environmentally-conscious surfactants. You need the petrochemicals. (And hey, it’s what they used to clean all the baby birds and turtles after the Deep Horizon oil spill.) This technique is best for “organic” stains like food and poop on cotton. It will help with grease stains on polyester.

    Start with a “clean” item (run it through a cold water wash,) and do a good long squirt of Dawn and a full scoop of OxyClean in a gallon of warm water. Give it a stir, submerge your item, and weight it. (If you can score some pickel weights at the flea market, those would be perfect. I use a lid from a plastic pitcher.) Leave it to soak overnight, then wash again in cold water.

    2. Alcohol based gel hand sanitizer. (Don’t get the fancy smelly moisturizing kind.) This works great on ink, especially Sharpie, and is probably what you want to try on your purse.

    Line the underside of the fabric with a cotton rag/washcloth and protect any other layers of fabric with a layer of plastic. Thoroughly coat the stain with sanitizer. Add a layer of plastic over the sanitizer, and the weight the “stain sandwich” down. I use the spare change jar. A big ass pile of books in a plastic bag would also work.

    Check on it every couple of hours, swapping out the rag/washcloth and adding more sanitizer. The stain will get larger but thinner and lighter. When you think you’ve got as much out as you are going to get, give the area a scrub with Fels Naptha laundry soap and machine was in cold.

    As long as you keep everthing away from the dryer and the iron, you can repeat these steps until the stain is gone.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

      Ooh, I don’t know if I want to submerge my purse is anything – it’s a canvas bag with a straw base, and that might cause more harm that good. I just don’t want to risk it because it was pretty expensive to begin with (and I love it and I’d be REALLY upset if I messed it up cos they don’t make this bag anymore!), would rather just take it to a cleaner and have them try to work some magic. I tried the Dawn dish soap, which got most of the stain off, but honestly the whole purse just needs a good cleaning from a professional at this point haha.

  4. PsychicKathleen August 8, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    I’m making Scout Tees too! But I had to alter the pattern – it was definitely too boxy for my rather buxom shape 🙂 I did an FBA, added side AND waist darts and I’m making it on the bias. I always added a hem band that I will sew right to right side and flip up to the curved hem I also added. Is anything truly left of this Scout Tee you might ask! Not really lol but I do like the drafting of this pattern so much – it makes a great sloper to play with to your heart’s content and I did 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Haha that sounds great, though! Way to make it all your own! I agree that it’s a great sloper and lends itself well to being played around with:D

  5. ellegeemakes August 8, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    Love both of your scout tees, but the one with the paisley border is better than any thing I’ve seen in Anthropologie! Brilliant remake of that scarf. Thanks for reminding me about this pattern. I have a few small pieces of fabric that I’ve been itching to use and I think a scout tee might work. Yours are so fun!

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Thank you! And ooh, Anthro compliments are the BEST kind of compliments! Appreciate it 😀

  6. Kristel Quintana August 8, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Love love both versions! I am totally weird and hoardy when it comes to my fabric and yarn. In my mind each piece/ball are ‘virtual’ garments which always fit perfectly. Working on making it a reality but it scares me a little.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Haha I am totally the same way! Trying to get past that and remind myself that IT’S JUST FABRIC.

  7. Deb August 8, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    The Scout Tee is one of my all time favourites too! It’s so simple, wearable and very satisfying to sew up quickly! Great idea with the scarf! I have a couple scarves that I love but just don’t wear that often…I may very well borrow this idea.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Do it! Scarf Scouts for everyone!

  8. craftsanctuary August 8, 2016 at 9:10 am #

    Gah, I still love that bird fabric. I totally understand hoarding it–I would have done the same thing! Perfect use of it, though!

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

      Yeah, it’s probably my favorite fabric ever!

  9. fionaparker17 August 8, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    That bird print is such a dream! You were lucky to get your hands on it and even luckier to have squeezed two garments out of it!
    Love that big painting in your living room too

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

      Yeah, I had some insider perks, which is how I got my hands on 4 yards in the first place 😉 that stuff went fast!

      And thank you! My mom hates that painting… she thinks it’s super creepy. Which, to be fair, it definitely is – but that’s why I like it so much!

  10. Abbey August 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    To be fair, your bird fabrics are absolutely fantastic and I love that you were able to make something else from this one. I have favourite fabrics that I purposely buy 3-4 yards of just to make more than 1 thing.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      Oh yeah, I totally bought 4 yards of that shit because I knew I’d want to make more than one thing! Glad I did, too!:D

  11. Janice August 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    I love the parrot tee! Scout is also one of my sewing staples. I still wear the Scouts that I made when I was first learning how to sew knits.

    • LLADYBIRD August 8, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

      It’s a serious staple for sure!

  12. Hélène Martin August 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    These are both hotttt! And also look nice and cool for summer, haha. I’m all about knit tops but the gorgeous silk blouses, tanks, tees you’ve been sharing are winning me over!

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

      I was all about those knit tops, too (well, I still am!), but woven stuff – especially in silk! – is SUCH an easy way to look fancy without a lot of extra effort! I’m all about that 😀

  13. Lorie August 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    Awesome! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

  14. Maureen August 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    These are great shirts. I love the idea of using the scarf….who would have thought! But then that’s why I love reading blogs & yours is top of my list. Buuuuut, where did your list of blogs go that you had at the right? I like reading those too & now I don’t see them?!!

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      I just took the list down because I realized that more than half the links were old/broken/no longer updated, and it seemed a bit unnecessary at this point. I’m sorry! I’m not sure if there is a way to put it back up, but I’ll look into it 🙂

      • Maureen August 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

        Thanks Lauren for letting me know. As long as you don’t take yours down, I’m good!

  15. Catherine Siemann August 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Just bought the Scout pattern — thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Carolyn August 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Trust me they are staring! Cause when my neighbors see an outfit they really like they step outside to let me know. So I totally understand. Both tanks are beautiful and perfect for summer!

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      Haha I KNEW IT!! But you always look great, so I don’t blame your neighbors for staring! I’d stare too 🙂 and thank you!

  17. Sara August 9, 2016 at 4:34 am #

    I just made my first Scout and I LOVE it! Desperate to make a second, but whilst I love how loose and drapey this one is (it’s in a fairly lightweight yarn dyed woven cotton) I’ve been wondering about whether I’ll need to go down a size or make adjustments in my next one (which I’m planning in double gauze). I wondered if this one is in fact too big but it looks like it fits in a similar way to yours (so must be correct, right?) So much procrastination for such a simple shirt! Love your versions, especially the birds.

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Yeah, it’s supposed to be pretty loose-fitting! It should fit well at the neckline, shoulders and sleeves, then ski right over the bust before it goes into full on loose mode. My bust measurement exactly matches the measurement for the size 0 (which is what I sewed) if that helps! Loose and drapey is KING when it comes to this weather!

  18. Deepika August 9, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Your first scarf looks like an Indian block print dupatta (a scarf worn with a dress). Great idea to use it for this top. I might do that with some of mine.

    • LLADYBIRD August 10, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

      Thank you! I’d love to see what you make if you end up doing it too 😀

  19. esewing August 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    Love these tshirts , no need to apologise for making a great pattern up several times , is far better to make something you know your going to wear with that precious hoarded /stashed fabric !


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