Pattern Spotlight - Grainline Studio's Scout Tee
Grainline Studio's Scout Tee is a very popular pattern: as of late-September 2015, there were 65 reviews on PatternReview.com and many more versions scattered across the web. However, it's not only a popular pattern, but also a well-reviewed one: 93% of the reviews on PatternReview.com give it a positive rating. Why is it so popular? Here's what I've gathered looking at the reviews:
- It's got a nice shape. In particular, it's fitted at the shoulders and then falls loosely from the bust downwards in a slight a-line shape. The hem is also scooped - higher in the back than in the front. A lot of sewers find it a very flattering shape.
- It's versatile. It was originally released simply as a woven T-shirt. However, since then, Jen (the designer) has put a lot of variations on her blog (which I'll talk more about in a moment). The most significant variation has been instructions for sewing it in knit fabrics: a lot of sewers now sew it with knits. Also, with its simple shape, a lot of sewers have also done their own modifications (as you'll also be seeing later!).
- It goes together nicely. As with all of Jen's patterns, it's very well-designed and has great instructions. There's also lots of extra help available to get a beautiful finish. There's a detailed sewalong on Kollabora by SownBrooklyn. Jen has also posted tutorials on how to do the bias-faced neckline and how to do French seams (both on straight seams and armholes).
- It's easy to sew. It's a simple shape - it doesn't even have darts or buttons - so it's easy and quick to sew, and requires very little (if any) fitting. Jen has given it her easiest difficulty rating.
- It's easy to wear. Throw it on with a pair of skinny jeans and you've got a great outfit!
On her blog, Jen has provided instructions for the following variations (shown above from left to right):
- a fuller back
- how to sew Scout in knit fabrics
- three-quarter-length sleeves
- adding a longer short sleeve with a cuff, a raised neckline with a slit, and a curved hem
Scout can be sewn in a wide variety of fabrics. In wovens, it can be sewn not only in light and drapey fabrics like cotton voile and viscose challis, but also in heavier and stiffer fabrics like cotton poplin, chambray and lightweight denim. In knits, it's largely sewn in drapey, lightweight jerseys; however, some sewers have also successfully sewn it in heavier doubleknits and ponte di romas. The fabric you choose will dramatically affect how your Scout looks: lighter, drapier fabrics will drape against your body, while stiffer and heavier fabrics will stand away from your body.In my blog post on Scout, you'll find images of my favourite versions of Scout from across the web. Scout was also our 'Outfit of the Week' for 21 September 2015. Using these as a starting point, I've selected some of our fabrics that might work well for sewing up a Scout Tee. My recommendations are below.
Prices for the fabrics are per quarter metre (0.25 m).