Sunday, 30 September 2012

Finished Project - Grainline Studio Scout Tee

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher

I'd been eyeing up this pattern for a while after seeing a couple of great versions around in blogland. I'm really drawn to vintage sewing patterns and pretty dresses when choosing patterns and looking for inspiration which may be gorgeous and fun to make but are completely impractical and so would get hardly any wear. This pattern I know I'd get a lot of wear out of, I live in loose fit t's, plus I thought this pattern in it's simplicity provides quite a lot of scope for making it original and unique.

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher

As well as the bargain price of this pattern the final clincher to me buying it was the discovery of the new remnant bins in Liberty's haberdashery department! Most pieces are 1m offcuts of their tana lawn prints so perfect for a simple little top like this. I'd never normally dream of buying Liberty fabrics but these offcuts are half price and I had a gift voucher to spend so I was able to treat myself to two pieces at £11 each. At by far the most per metre I'd ever spent this did mean I was terrified when cutting into it but it was just beautiful to sew with and I think you can tell the quality of the fabric in the finished make, or at least I can when wearing it!

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher
Gorgeous Liberty Tana Lawn!
Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher
The neckline sits at just the right height

I was worried about the fit of this top and as I could see myself making quite a selection of these in future thought it would be worthwhile making a muslin to get this right. The main reason I was worried about the fit was the lack of darts in a woven top. I've got some boobs so was concerned the fabric below would just hang out from these in a most unflattering way. It turns out I was concerned for no reason and this lady really knows how to construct pattern! There's something about the seam placement that makes everything hang just right and just loose enough in the most flattering way. I think any bigger boobs would call for a FBA but I'm quite happy with it as it is, as long as I remember to choose lightweight fabrics which will drape nicely.


The only part of the construction I had trouble with was the neckband. I got very confused with the instructions and on my muslin ended up with a little strip of bias tape inside the neckline which kept flicking out to the right side and looking most untidy! After some serious studying of other people's makes on the net I realised this band was meant to be stitched down inside so you had a neat visible line of stitching around the neckline from the outside. This, in combination with the softer, lighter fabric of my final make, made a huge improvement and the neckline I now think sits perfectly. I love the shape of the neckline and the little cap sleeves, just the right size too.

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher
The neckband took a bit of figuring out
This is a really quick and satisfying make for when you feel bogged down in a long winded, complicated one and just want to finish something. I wore this to the evening blogger meet up at the V&A a couple of weeks ago and only started it that morning! I even used french seams and gathered the sleeve heads properly instead of just trying to jam them into the armholes any way they will go!

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher
Lovely cap Sleeves!
The only change I might try next time (as there will definitely be a next time!) is to make the pattern a little longer. I quite like wearing this one over a white vest to create a layered look and it's great to tuck into skirts but in general I prefer my tops for over jeans to be more hip length. I might even branch out with the creativity a little and even try drafting a peter pan collar to go on the next one! I may also try it in a drapey knit as I loved this version by a secret life of seams, it's almost a completely different top in this fabric and fit don't you think?

Grainline Studio Scout Tee sewing pattern Liberty Tana Lawn feathers chainstitcher
I'm quite proud of my neat hem so I thought it deserved a picture!
Grainline Studio's - Moss Mini-skirt

I really like the simplicity of Grainline Studio patterns. They've just brought out a new miniskirt pattern which is high on the list for a winter make.


And while we're on independent pattern companies I've been picking up a lot of interest in the French company Deer and Doe. Their patterns are really gorgeous, simple lines with unique details and their international postage rates are very reasonable. I've got my eye on the Belladone dress here!

Final pic of me wearing the tee at the V&A meet up - picture thanks to Karen at Did You Make That

3 comments:

  1. Very cute. I do love how simple and versatile this pattern is. I have been loving all the versions I've seen on all the sewing blogs. I finally bought it and must must make it soon. It's much too cute.

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  2. What a lovely top! And what a bargain on the fabric! The neckline looks fab, and I can definately see how this would go with lots of different things.

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  3. This is awesome! Yea I got super excited about the Grainline miniskirt too, then I found out they only sell tiled A4 versions, no large format print (one page) at the copyshop and forgetaboutit so I ran away. And traced a Knipmode version instead. Ready to sew it up now, thanks for reminding me XD

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