the scout tee

after making my anthro-inspired scoop top (which i love and wear all the time) i knew i needed to make a woven version. aaaaand since the scout has been calling my name for quite some time, it was time i heeded it’s siren call. i made a size 4/6 with a 1/4″ forward shoulder adjustment on the sleeve. for that, i took my sleeve piece and removed 1/4″ from the front seam (the part under your arm) and added that 1/4″ to the back seam. this rotates the sleeve head forward, placing the fullness in line with the point of my shoulder. i didn’t mess with the shoulder seam because it is already more forward than typical, though i can see that the seam isn’t exactly parallel with that imaginary line from the base of my neck to the point of my shoulder. the fit seems fine so i probably won’t bother messing with it. i would like to take out some room in the bust area, but since there are no darts to fiddle with, i’m not really sure how… thoughts anyone?


get used to seeing these shorts a lot. i wasn’t kidding when i said they match everything in my closet!

i decided to give this top the swoopy back feature. if you look at jen’s post on it, i simply kept that top part as a yoke, and added the swoop and a little room at CB to pleat where it joins the yoke. this top is super comfortable and i completely get why everyone is head over heels for this pattern! it’s just… perfect. i want a whole closet full of them now. oh, and i frenched every single seam, so points for neatness and not having to change thread on my serger… ahem.


let’s talk about my fabric choices for a minute. i finished this top a week ago but was a bit mad at it as i came into the home stretch. i loved these fabric prints together—the polka dot keeps the granny floral from looking too… granny. but when i ordered them, they were billed as 100% cotton. and i assumed this was the case, but by the end i finally realized that the floral print no way no how could possibly be 100% cotton.


now, i’m not a poly snob. we hang out on occasion. but i don’t like her sneaking into the party when i’m expecting someone else! my concern is how the two fabrics will wash and wear together. cottons tend to fade and perhaps shrink (i’ve pre-washed) while polys don’t do any of that. over time, i suspect the two fabrics won’t look so grand together, but what can ya do. the good news is, i have quite a bit of each of these fabrics left over. i really love the floral print, so hopefully it will show up in a skirt at some point; and the polka dot… well i may or may not have already cut out an archer from, the sewing of which will have to wait because i have other projects to get to, and it’s like a billion degrees outside. so. hot. i’ve completely lost my midwest heat-enduring toughness.

someone hand me an iced coffee…

—lisa g.

13 thoughts on “the scout tee

  1. Susan says:

    Print mixing AWESOMENESS, well done! I kind of am a poly snob, (but I make exceptions from time to time), but really it’s just because it’s so *hot* and I run warm anyway. But if the polka dot is all cotton across the back, that would help with the breath-ability element.

    Welcome to Scoutland. It’s comfy here. Iced coffee cheers!

    • lisa g says:

      haha “scoutland” love it! and yeah, had that fabric been listed as poly i would have walked away! fortunately it’s so lightweight that it didn’t suffocate me. the polka dot is definitely cotton though!

  2. Shar says:

    I joined scoutland too recently and I hope to make more. I love your take of adding the pleat to the fuller backed version! I really need some help on fabric combinations. I would never, never have put these prints together, but the combination is perfect! That’s why I’m so much better at copying than innovating, lol. I can’t wait to see the dotty Archer. I just printed out the Tiny Pocket Tee, but making it will be a bit late for this heat wave. Iced coffees all around please!

    • lisa g says:

      it’s funny, i had no intention of putting those fabrics together! they both came in the same order (along with several others…) and when i laid them out those two were next to each other. it was meant to be!

  3. poppykettle says:

    You’ll just have to enjoy this scout whilst those two fabrics are on talking terms with each other! And then make up another when they do finally fall out… hehe. Cute top!

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