Sunday, 5 January 2014

A Shapely Scout Tee

During my Christmas holidays I managed to get a little sewing done. 

Second attempt at Scout Tee

I have been keen to try Grainline Studio's Scout Tee after my last attempt was less than pleasing. I had made a size 12 and graded down to a size 8 at the hip based on my measurements and the Grainline size chart, but it turned out very roomy and boxy. It is OK tucked in but looks awful left out.

First attempt at Scout Tee

For my second attempt, I started with size 10. I added a lot of shaping to the sides. I kept the side measurements the same at the base of the armhole and at the hem. I curved the side seams in by 3cm at my narrowest point (near the lengthen/shorten line), on each side seam (both front and back pattern pieces), using my french curve ruler to get a nice smooth curve.

Size 10 with side shaping.

I also lengthened the Scout by 2cm. I think I will lengthen it even more for the next one. I must have a long torso.

Back view

Side view

It hangs a bit weird at the front hemline. I'm hoping that lengthening it further will fix this issue. I love the fit at the neck and shoulders. It's just amazing that it fits so well in a woven fabric with no darts. I picked up this fabric on sale at Spotlight quite a while ago. It is very light and drapes well, but creases terribly. Not sure of the composition, but I suspect it is a rayon. I love the bright cheerful print.

Neckline finished with self bias binding.

I even made my own bias binding using my Clover bias tape maker. I think it turned out ok, considering this is a new technique for me.

I have a few tropical print rayons sitting in my stash just waiting to be turned into Scout tees, now that I have worked out the fit, (or maybe Tiny Pocket Tanks).

Happy Sewing


  1. it's lovely! How wonderful you've found the perfect fit for scout!

    1. Thanks MaciNic. I might have to make a few more now I am happy with the fit.

  2. Lovely top - such a pretty print and a great shapely fit. I haven't made this top yet as I was worried about the boxy shape, so it is great to see you could add some gentle shaping and still slip over your head/shoulders.

    Re the hemline raising slightly at the front, I am wondering if this indicates you might need a slight FBA? I am not sure how that works with a no-dart pattern, but maybe it is simply to add a little length to the front only to even out the hemline?

    Really pretty in any case.

    1. Thanks so much for your helpful advice Jo. I will definitely try this with the next one.

  3. That looks Great on you!
    (the Scout Tee has become my Go-To TNT pattern lately)
    :-) Chris

  4. Thanks SewTypical. I can see a few more Scouts in the future, with a few more fit modifications. Great pattern.