Lace Scout

It’s another in what I am sure will be a lot of Scout Tees…I have been seeing these lace tees all over Pinterest for a while now, and I figured the Scout pattern would be perfect to make one of my own! DSC_0272Skirt: bottom half of a failed Miz Mozelle maxi dress, blogged here.  Necklace: Clyde’s Rebirth (again)

Lucky for me I had some lace in my stash…when my stashbusting challenge is over I definitely want more- maybe a cotton lace with large scale flowers (like this, this, or this, gah!!), and I have seen some really cool polka dot lace also.  This one is a cotton lace I got at (gasp) Joann’s…I don’t often buy fabric there but occasionally something catches my eye.  DSC_0251

I made the same fit alterations as my first Scout, and I think I figured out a fix for my armhole pulling problem (which is not that bad, I have worn that shirt a few times and it really doesn’t bug me like I though it would).  I did what Lisa G recommended which was a forward shoulder adjustment- the shoulder seam was pretty far forward already so I just moved the underarm seam forward a bit by adding 1/4″ to the back part of the sleeve, and subtracting 1/4″ from the forward part.  Not a big change, but that underarm seam falls straight down from my armpit now, and in my first version it angles to the back.  And no pulling on this one, yay! I also took another 1 1/2″ off the length.DSC_0329I had this hat in the car so I thought I would try it out…not sure if I am cool enough to pull it off though!
DSC_0334As promised, here are some detail and inside out pics:DSC_0337For the hems and neckline I folded it over 1/4″ and sewed a seam, then folded it over agin 1/4″ and sewed the hem.  Easy!  Keep in mind if you do this on the neckline it will make the neck opening a little larger as the original seam allowance is 1/4″.  I wanted a little larger neckline for this one, but if you didn’t you could just add an extra 1/4″ to the seam allowance when you are cutting it out.

I used french seams, which is what I have done every time I have sewn with lace fabric- I think it works well because sometimes you are sewing nothing, in between designs.  By the time you sew it and fold it twice you can catch something the whole length of the seam and mine have held up well so far.

DSC_0348I’ll leave you with my best fashion/style blogger/Pinterest/model pose, haha. 🙂DSC_0311


  • This is gorgeous! and you totally pull off the hat, and the fashion blogger poses! I’ll need to try tat forward shoulder adjustment so thanks for the explanation.

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I realize now that I have needed this adjustment on most of the tops I have made…always learning new things!!

  • i think you pull off the hat very well! and the top fits you so nicely, great job!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Cathy!

  • Amazing! I think this lace version is my favorite so far! And you definitely pull off the hat!

    • Kelly

      Wow, thanks! I got this hat from Modcloth last summer, it is hard to find hats that will fit on my giant head, haha. My husband calls me Reese (as in Witherspoon) when I wear it because he says it looks like a “Hollywood” hat.

      • I understand your big head woes. My sister used to quote So I Married an Axe Murderer to me…”head, down in front, man that kid has a big noggin”

        • Kelly

          hahaha, that’s too funny! Everyone in my family has oversized noggins, so they can’t make fun of me 😉

  • Beautiful! This worked wonderfully with the Scout Tee! I’ve been ogling all the lace tees I see everywhere also. And I love the hat!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Katie!! I want more lace, darn you stash busting, haha 🙂

  • Shae

    Love your tee, skirt, and you rock the hat! Found your blog via Kollabora. I need to work on my photos…yours are very professionally done!

    • Kelly

      Thank you! Photography is another passion of mine, I am slowly learning my way around my camera, and taking an online photography course…I take blog photos with a tripod and a remote, it works pretty well!

  • love this version! glad that little fix worked for you. i finally printed off my scout pattern and taped it up… yeah, the shoulder seam is quite forward! i like the slightly wider neckline you did here, and your pics are awesome. love the hat!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Lisa! I will be using this adjustment a lot I think- I look at all my shirts now and see that I need it! Most of the online tutorials just show moving the shoulder line, but I think adjusting the sleeve helps a lot. With the Scout, the shoulder seam is at the right place for me on the original pattern, but it sat at an angle so on this one I moved the shoulder seam at the neckline toward the back 1/4″, and now it is straight.

  • Great idea! I have some lace laying around that I’m still unsure what to do with. A Scout is a definite contender now. Maybe after I make myself another knit maxi dress. I’m craving one at the moment.

    • Kelly

      Yes! You can wear your lace Scout layered over your new maxi dress, I love that look!

  • Love this tee Kelly! Great outfit too.

    • Kelly

      Thanks Margo!

  • Great top! Now I want a lace Scout too 🙂 I enjoyed your hacked dress post, I cut the skirt off one of my maxi’s as well, same reasons, worked great. And love your pose, rock on…

    • Kelly

      Haha, thanks!

  • Ooh, I love this! I love wearing sheer and lace shirts over tanks, just like you’ve styled yours. It’s a lovely contrast to the clean lines of the Scout. And, congratulations on sticking to your stash-busting challenge! Very cool that you’re doing that.

    • Kelly

      Thanks!! The stashbusting thing is hard but it has really made me focus on my miles long project list instead of constantly coming up with new ideas. But man, there is some fabric out there that I reeeeeaaaaalllly want, haha.

  • Jen

    This looks so awesome with the striped dress and those seams are looking beautiful! You’re reminding me of my lace scout that’s been languishing away in my closet. Time to dust it off and let it see the sun!

    • Kelly

      Thanks Jen! You should totally get yours out and wear it!

  • Beautiful top! I love how you paired it with the striped skirt. Oh, and I think you totally pull off the hat. 😀

    • Kelly

      Haha, thanks…it feels a little Mary Kate and Ashley to me, but I like it anyway 🙂

  • Oh, love it!! It’s a Tee, but done up in that beautiful lace, it’s so soft and airy.

    • Kelly

      Thank you! It feels very light and airy too, that’s what I like most about it. I think it helps that it is mostly cotton.

  • Love it! The top is too cute and you put it together with your outfit so well!

    • Kelly

      Thanks! I love maxi skirts and dresses, they are what I wear the most!

  • Your Scout is fantastic. It’s so beautifully finished. I want one!

    • Kelly

      Awww, thanks! I love your knit versions, that’s totally on my (long) list now!

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  • Jennifer Flynn

    I had to laugh when I saw this shirt- I made the same one a couple of months ago with the same lace! The only difference is that I did a bias neckline. I’m going to try your forward shoulder adjustment, sounds like something I could use too.

    • Kelly

      That’s awesome! This has been one of my most worn shirts. A bias neckline is probably a more proper way to do it…what type fabric did you use for the bias? I have heard of using organza with lace like this, just curious…