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FO: New Year’s Scout Tee

Written by Sarah on February 21st, 2014 Posted in sewing, shirt

At the end of 2013 I was setting up my goals for this year and they were a little overwhelming. While much of my plan for 2014 seemed unobtainable, the idea of sewing more seemed pretty simple and tangible. So while I was resting my achey hands, I decided there was no better time to start with that resolution than the present. On New Year’s Eve, I started putting together the Scout Tee and when it was time for champagne toasts, I had most of a garment.

I’ve talked about sewing here before. It’s not something I really excel at. I just hate ironing and I still don’t have a proper space to lay out fabric. But I’ve basically stopped buying clothes (aside from pieces from my favorite reputable source, Everlane, and a bridesmaid dress) since I wrote this post  so I think it’s time I get my shit together and make a few pieces for myself. (Side note, I’m really proud that I’ve cut back on shopping here. I thought it would be a really difficult challenge for me but I really feel good about it!) Besides all of this, I’ve met some really amazing ladies that I know I can turn to when I hit a dead end. Seriously, I’ve had so many offers for lessons, I know some really lovely sewists!

But I am a bad student. I want to teach myself everything. I’m learning quickly that I need some advice.

So here is my finished tee! I used a fabric that I picked up at Purl Soho (that I can’t find information for anymore). Seems like I’m on kind of an orange kick. Something must be going on in my second chakra. I can’t wear dresses to work so my summer uniform is jeans with a cute top. Scout is the shape for something casual and simple without looking sloppy. I’ll definitely be making another!

scout tee grainline

It’s not perfect. I feel like I ought to strive a little harder for perfection at the very least so my garments will hold up well but for now I think I just need to get things made so I’m not so discouraged.

When I see a simple garment like this one, it seems like instant gratification. The problem is, even though it’s not too difficult, there are a lot of steps (read: IRONING!) to make each piece look finished. I mean, of course there is the hem and the seams but then there are things like binding around the neckline. Those little steps that I forget about when I dive into a project. I’m obviously still a novice when it comes to planning.

scout tee sleeve

Setting in the sleeve was quite a challenge. Way harder than setting in a knit sleeve. But I decided to stick with how it came out on my first go-round. There’s definitely some gathering since I didn’t quite know what I was doing. I could probably use a better tutorial. That being said, it’s not terrible all things considered and everything fits where it ought to. Good job, me!

scout tee

This top was the perfect beginner piece for me. It had just the right amount of difficulty, nothing too complicated but enough that I felt myself learning. And, of course, in the end, I’m left with a beautiful garment that fits and that I’m definitely going to wear the crap out of!

I’m already working on my next sewing project while I wait for yarn to arrive in the mail. What should I make next? Have you sewn a Scout tee?

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Comments (11)

  • February 21, 2014 at 11:39 am |

    This is so cute! I love the color- keep doing this orange thing, girl! Do you like to sew with knits? I just finished the Tilly & the Buttons Coco dress and there’s a top variation that I think would look adorable on you!

    • February 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm |

      Aw thank you! I’ve never sewn with knits before. I’m really interested in trying but I’m intimidated since I know it’s a little challenging. I saw the new pattern and it looks so cute. I bought a Craftsy class about sewing with knits, actually. Maybe I’ll give it a try!

  • February 22, 2014 at 11:03 am |

    Super cute! In fact, you’ve inspired me. I was looking at the website, and the pattern is a digital download. Does that mean you had to have it blown up to cut out the fabric? I hope that makes sense, because I’m not sure what it’s called. Womp some.

    Also, congrats on cutting back on shopping! There aren’t too many alternatives these days to buying standard imported goods, and a lot of incentive to have new stuff all the time. You are pretty badass for sticking with it!
    Cheers,
    Daisy

    • February 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm |

      Haha you don’t have to blow it up. You can just print it straight out to standard 8×10 paper. There’s a little 3″x3″ square that you can measure as a reference (almost like a gauge swatch) to ensure you’ve printed it properly! I like these PDF patterns a lot because, even though you have to take, like, 10 pages together, you can print it out as many times as you like if you want to do different sizes.

  • February 22, 2014 at 11:05 am |

    That was supposed to be a witty sound effect: womp womp. Now it’s awkward. Sigh.

  • February 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm |

    You did it!!!!! Yayyy!!!! It’s a lovely, orangey, first tee!

    • February 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm |

      Thanks! I’m glad you approve!

  • Aunt Sherry
    February 22, 2014 at 5:58 pm |

    You are just SEW cute!!!

  • February 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm |

    Great top! I love the fabric you picked. Have you seen the Roxanne top from Victory Patterns? That’s also a very cute one.. Or the Hot cocoa top from Dixie Diy, that’s a free pattern!

    • February 23, 2014 at 3:27 pm |

      Nice! I’ll have to check both of those out. I’m starting to collect patterns!

  • February 26, 2014 at 9:39 am |

    Love it. Love the short hair, too!

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