My first Grainline Scout Tee! I have had this pattern for a while, but sometimes it takes a little extra motivation to get started…when I saw that Nettie from Sown Brooklyn was doing a sew along on Kollabora I jumped at the chance. I bought this fabric from the Wiksten’s Spoonflower shop- it is a cotton silk and I really like it. It is super soft and satiny, and you can wash and dry it, no problems! The color has faded a bit, but I have read that is common with Spoonflower fabrics. I intentionally bought a print that I wouldn’t mind a faded look with.I am wearing it with my Moss Skirt (blogged here). I figured I would go for the total Grainline outfit! After looking at these photos I realize I am fully representing Chicago…my earrings are from the lovely Merl at Clyde’s Rebirth, my shoes are from Mohop, and of course the patterns for my top and skirt are Grainline- all handmade in Chicago!All right, now for the details…I like the pattern a lot, and I will totally make more. I did have to make a few changes to get a good fit- I lowered the armhole by 1/2 “, lengthened the sleeve 1/2″, shortened the body by 1”, and took about an inch out of the width of the front to adjust for my small bust. Yeah, that happens after you have kids. (or at least it happened to me) The muslin felt great, but in this version there is some slight pulling across the back, and I was hoping some of you fit gurus (Lisa G) out there might know where to make an adjustment for that on the next one…I feel like it is pretty roomy back there but at times there is some pulling that seems to come directly from the armpit area. See? Pretty roomy back there.
As I was reading other blogs I saw some comments that people would like to see more close up details, and pictures of the insides of garments. Is this something you all would be interested in? I thought I would give it a try and if you like it I will keep it up. I do try to make them pretty on the insides too 🙂I did a narrow 1/4 hem for the sleeves and bottom hem- the method I use is to sew a basting stitch at 1/4″ for the first fold, press it, then fold another 1/4″ and press, then sew. If it is a curved hem I will sew two 1/4″ lines to make sure I get a nice smooth curve, then pull out the second row of basting stitches after it’s all done. There is a great tutorial on this here. It bothers me a little that I forgot to switch my bobbin thread back to the coral color after sewing the neckline, but oh wellzzz.I serged the seams to finish them- I debated using french seams, but this fabric is a little more robust than you would think, and I ended up deciding serged seams would lay nicer. And there may have been a little lazy in there. But I am happy with how it looks. I made bias strips from a cream colored voile that I had in my stash, using this masking tape method. (Have you tried it? So perfectly easy!!) And hey! I joined Instagram, better late than never! I am trying to post pictures of what I am working on in between blog posts…you’ll probably get details there that I will have forgotten by the time they make it to the blog, hehe. It’s a little like childbirth, by the time I get here to the end result I don’t remember all the nitty gritty details- I’m just happy to have a healthy baby! You can find me here: @cutcutsew