scout woven tee

Apparently once you start sewing clothing again you can’t stop…my next project was the Scout Woven Tee by Grainline Studio.

A nice, basic tee that sewed up pretty quickly.
I finally managed to clean my second sewing machine, a 1965 full-metal Singer, so now I can use this for its zigzag seam to finish raw edges. I still do french seams wherever possible, but need the zigzag for the set-in sleeves.

I liked the way this top was constructed simply but neatly. The hems are narrower than I was used to, so you do have to concentrate on getting everything done neatly, but the result looks very nice.
I had a lot of trouble with the sleeves this time though…I’ve done set in sleeves before, but I felt the sleeves had too much ease in this pattern. I redid them a couple of times, even handsewing them together first and finally did get them done without puckers. Next time I’ll cut the sleeves a size smaller though.

I cut a size 2, which fits well, though I could probably have got a way with one size smaller as well.

I like the way it turned out, but it might be a tad too basic for me to wear a lot. Time will tell. I do wish I had chosen a lighter fabric with more drape, but again I’m hoping the cotton will soften with the wash. That seems to be my number one sewing lesson in 2012 – always to buy fabric more lightweight than I think I need.
I’ve got a lot of sewing projects in my head and just ordered fabric swatches and some patterns online, so I’m hoping to make much of my summer wardrobe myself this year. Like apparently everyone else in the blogosphere I’ve been sucked into watching Downton Abbey, so my sewing theme for 2012 will be modern with a vintage twist πŸ™‚


10 thoughts on “scout woven tee

  1. Neus

    Ohhh I think that you’re going to wear it a lot, it’s very nice! I love the sleeves shape!!! Today is a sewing day for me, as I don’t have to work!! :)) Have a nice day!


  2. lauren

    You are always one step ahead! I was looking at these patterns when she re-posted them on her blog and thinking about purchasing it – it’s great to see your version so that I can decide to make one! It looks good, as always.


  3. tidytipsy

    Thank you all πŸ™‚
    Neus, I hope you had a lovely day sewing!
    Lynda, I loved the fabric as well, but it’s quite wild for me.
    Ana, I’m starting to think this will be a great top to dress up with cardigans, blazers and accessories instead of wearing it plain on its own.
    Lauren, let me know if you make one too πŸ™‚


    1. tidytipsy

      Thanks Caroline πŸ™‚ Do let me know how yours with a curved hem works out and where I can find a photo! Have fun sewing πŸ™‚


    1. Kristina

      Haha, do, it’s a great pattern! I would love to make one in a nice drapey solid or in lace, like Jen from Grainline did! I am loving your blog btw, so many lovely handmade clothes!



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