My first Scout tee was a bit of a disaster. I managed to mess up the printing of the pattern, and ended up with a very odd oversized version. Also looking back – I have no idea what I was thinking with that fabric. This time, I went oversized on purpose..
I used Ebony’s great tutorial on how to slash and spread the pattern pieces to add balanced fullness to the top. She made a lovely version out of black knit fabric, which I definitely want to copy at some point. This time however I decided to try it out with some coral crêpe fabric I got on Goldhawk road. The fabric was unfortunately not very wide, so I couldn’t add as much fullness as I would have liked. And only having 1.5m to work with, meant that I had to forego the sleeves (thanks everyone who gave me advise on Instagram!)
The fabric is very clingy/static, meaning that it doesn’t ‘fall’ quite as nicely as I was hoping. In hindsight I also think I should have used a walking foot when sewing the neckline, as the fabric stretched quite a bit, distorting the shape.
I also had to lower the back neckline…. A big tip guys: Don’t hold scissors and fabric while you sneeze.
BUT, all negative things aside – I’m still really pleased with the top. It’s colourful and comfortable, and goes well with pretty much any shorts and jeans in my wardrobe (including my Tap Shorts – which have quickly become a wardrobe favourite..).
I think my favourite part of this project was learning how to hand stitch a rolled hem (I used Megan Nielsen’s really handy tutorial).
Hand sewing a rolled hem might be the most satisfying thing I have ever done. It’s amazing how my perspective on what constitutes ‘fun’ has changed since I started sewing. Yesterday it was sitting in the sun in Clissold Park, hand stitching. The Stoke Newington party-harders sitting next to us (it was 11am – they hadn’t been to bed yet) stared at me like I was an alien.
Reading Sarai’s blog post on how to build sewing skills has made me think more about making sure that I keep challenging myself by trying new methods with each make. And hand sewing is definitely something I want to get better at (talking about hand sewing – have you seen Marilla’s amazing jeans?!).
Have you made any hand sewing projects that you can recommend? Or do you know any great tutorials out there for a hand sewing novice like me?
- Pattern: Grainline’s Scout tee – already in my pattern stash
- Fabric: Polyester crêpe fabric, £3/m from a shop in Goldhawk road – £4.5
- Thread, bias binding etc – about £1