Grainline Scout Tee Sewalong

Starting to write this post, I just realized that I think it is the first time that I actually sew a pattern from an independent sewing pattern company. I have been obsessed with them, mostly because this is something I have been thinking about doing since I was 14, but I never was fully into the styles and if I tempted the sizings are usually to big. In particular, I remember emailing one about there smallest bust measurement (maybe you can guess with one I’m talking about…) saying that it was a pity their smallest size was so big. I got a reply saying that I should do an SBA (Small Bust Adjustment). I was very disappointed because to me it felt like they did not understand their customers. Petite and Small in measurements women are always thought to be shapeless by the “curvier” people out there. I’m probably not going to make a lot of friends here but I never thought that curves were about measurements. Leaving in 4 different countries and continent in the last 4 years, I’ve seen shapes and shapelessness in every size and at every age !

Anyway… Maybe one day I’ll write the whole body image mandatory blogpost…

Going back to this pattern, I’ve been following Grainline Studio with a particular interest. I like a lot of things about Jen, her patterns and her designs and I was not disappointed making this one.

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This scout woven tee was made out of quilt cotton (GASP!) I bought 2 years ago when visiting Philadelphia. I know that a lot have been said about sewing with quilt cotton. I’m not one who would normally do it, it does not fit my wardrobe or my lifestyle. But once in a while, for a cute print, I allow myself to slip…. That same day in Philadelphia, I bought another piece of fabric that I used as soon as I was back in New York. TOTAL disaster!! I never wore it… Maybe one day I’ll show it on the blog and ask for advice on what I should do with it.

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With all the silk things, the leather and the coat making, sometimes I forget about how enjoyable it can be to make a SIMPLE pattern in an EASY fabric. The whole thing from taping the pattern to putting the final result on Instagram took me less than 3 hours!

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I made size 0 with no alterations and I was extremely pleased with the instructions : concise, clear and efficient. I serged the inside to practice my serging abilities (still VERY limited, I’m embarrassed to admit…).

I found the motivation to make it for the kollabora sewalong. I’m completely new to the kollabora community but it looks nice. However, I’m a bit hesitant to start uploading there as I am already struggling to find the time for the blog, Burdastyle and Pattern Review

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I’ve seen some very nice knit versions here and there and I’m willing to try (more practice with the serger…). I think I would change a few things to the pattern. First, the shoulder seam is funny, maybe you can see what I mean on this picture :

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Comments

  1. What a great Scout Tee. i love the fabric! Quilting cotton seems to suit this pattern well :-) you look great!

  2. Yvonne Mullins says:

    I just finished a Scout Tee in a very light-weight fabric. My issue with the shoulder seam was that it lay about an inch forward of where it should be. I usually don’t have a problem with shoulder seams. What was your issue? I couldn’t tell from the picture.

    • The Sewing French Girl says:

      I have to admit that my last picture is not the clearest… Anyway I have the same problem, the soulder seam is about an inch forward at the neckline and a little less at the sleeve, I wonder why! I have to look at what the pattern would look like if I was correcting it.

  3. I’m the same about quilting cottons, I love the prints and avoid them except for summer pyjama shorts! I love your top though, it looks great. Is the top boxy enough it doesn’t need any closures?

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