Thursday, 5 June 2014

::Sewing::FO:: Two-Tone Colour Block Scout Woven Tee

During the Kollabora Scout Woven Tee sewalong I stumbled upon this fantastic tee. I'd been toying within this idea for awhile when the The Monthly Stitch Sew Double Challenge was announced. I wore my first Scout Tee at least once a week during the warmer  months and I wear my knit Scout Tee at home and to bed during the cooler months. I thought it would be a fitting  candidate for a sewing double challenge.

In the end I didn't get around to sewing it up in time to post to the monthly stitch. Although I did manage to slip in a sewing double post about my Hollyburn skirt. I actually made this before I made my Grey Skating Lady dress.

~Pattern Adjustments~
I traced off the pattern I had used in my previous scout tees (lengthened by 3 inches and size 16 on top and 18 on bottom) and modified the pattern buy cutting across the front and back pattern pieces about 1 inch below the armscye. I wanted to make this as simple as possible so I decided to avoid cutting through the armscye and sleeve so it was less work.

The top and bottom for the front and back were sewn together. Sleeves were sewn in flat after joining the shoulder seams. The sides and sleeves were sewn as one, trying to line up the seams crossing the body pieces. Neckline was finished with bias tape as facing and sleeves and waist were hemmed.

Modified Grainline Studio Scout Woven Tee

Left over poly cotton poplin fabric from my first S2444 dress and the M5591 skirt I made mum (the grey fabric wasn't pre-washed so we'll see what happens after a few washes). I chose a lighter colour for the top in an attempt to balance out my pear shape. I think it worked, but I think having it so close to my face washed me out. You'll have to tell me what you think.

~Changes I made this time~
• Traced a graded version of the pattern I have used in the past
• Modified pattern for colour blocking

~What I Like~
• It's a loose airy fit and will be good to wear next summer or with a long sleeved knit
• I like where the line between fabrics falls

~What I Don't Like~
• The seams puckering
• I'm not sure about the colour choice

~Changes for Next Time~
• I think using a different fabric might help with the puckering problem - maybe a a smaller stitch length
• Perhaps use a patterned and solid fabric next time
• Perhaps try a back opening with buttons like the inspiration tee

PatternScout Woven Teed - Used before$0.00
FabricIn stash - left overs from previous makes$0.00
Notions Thread - in stash
Bias Tape - in stash
TimeAbout 1 hour to trace and adjust pattern
About 1 hour to press and cut fabric
About 5 hours to sew
7 hours (* $16-ish Australian minimum wage)

~Final Comment~
As soon as I finished this top I put it on. This was a great way to experiment with colour blocking and modifying a pattern. It will be interesting to see how the fabric changes with wear. This is going to be an 'everyday' wear top I think and I'm sure I'll get a heap of use out of it.

Have you been inspired to make something recently? Where do you get you're inspiration for your projects?
Leave a comment below, I'm interested to hear where others get inspiration.

Until next time,

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  1. I really like the color blocking you did. It does a great job of balancing your figure. I'll have to try that techniques to balance my own pearish hips. Plus you look adorable in your hat!

  2. Thanks Heather. I totally encourage you to give it a try.
    I'm pretty fond of my hat :)

  3. I agree with Heather, I also really like the color blocking. I may have to copy you one of these days... But back to your make, it's super cute and stylish! Now that you've got the tracing and fit down I'm sure you could whip a few of these out in no time :)

    1. Thanks Erin.
      The weather is heating up here so I think I'll have to whip out a few to boost my SS wardrobe :-)


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