The Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along!!! by SownBrooklyn Follow

Hey, Kollabo Peeps!! I am so excited to be at the helm of Kollabora’s Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along! This is my first time *blushes*! It’s no secret that I think Grainline’s Jen is awesome!! Her design aesthetic fits in perfectly with my favorite things to wear. Of all of her patterns, Scout is my absolute favorite! Super easy to stitch up. Super stylish. Super easy to modify. Super easy to change up depending on your fabric. Super, super!

For this sew-along, we’ll cover everything from beginner stuff like printing and assembling your pattern, all the way to modifying Scout for your own personal touch. Because that’s the best thing about Scout: you can take it from Basic. To Better. To Bestest! It can make both beginners and pros feel, AND LOOK, like rock stars!! All year-round!

I hope you join me and add a Scout (or two, or three) to your handmade wardrobe!  

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Sew a Scout tee and upload your finished version by Monday, July 8th. Grainline designer Jen will be on hand as guest judge to pick her favorite which will get one of you lucky seamstresses 3 Grainline patterns of your choice and a $25 Kollabora gift certificate to splurge on fabric, notions, tools, whatever you want!

Kollabora will also be handing out a second $25 Kollabora gift certificate for fan favorite which will be judged based on the amount of hearts your Scout project receives. 

Don't forget to link your project to the Sew-Along to be counted!!

Supplies

Recap

Downloading PDF Patterns

OK. To kick off our Grainline approved (!!!) Scout Sew-Along (extravagazaaaa), I want to talk a bit about printing and assembling PDF patterns. I know these might be familiar tasks to sewcialists who rock out PDF only, indie patterns on the regular. But, for those of you who need a little info on the process, here you go!

Sometimes, PDF patterns are delivered directly to your inbox. Other times, the link to download the pattern from the web is sent via email. Download your document and open either the US Letter or A4 format, according to your location.

Printing PDF Patterns

So, the very first thing you need to do now that you have the pattern opened (which will save you a lot of cursing and hair pulling) is to make sure you’ve set your printer to print at 100%. The regular settings can default to “shrink to fit”, which squishes everything down a bit. NOT helpful when you want things to turn out the size that the pattern states. You can double check this by printing off the test page that’s included in most patterns. It has a square for you to measure, if it’s the size that the pattern states, you’re ready to go! Print that pattern!

Next up, we’re putting this baby together!

Assembling PDF Patterns

First things, first: grab a reliable scissor and a roll of tape! These two items (along with your pattern) are essential to PDF pattern assembly. NOTE: If you can swing it, find a large-ish table to work on. It will save your back!

Now that you’ve printed all of the pages and grabbed your scissors and tape, we can get going.  I always start by cutting the right side of the page off at the pattern frame and taping the first row together.

Each pattern company use a different notch, triangle, square or symbol to help you match up the pages.Grainline adds handy little triangles to the center of the image. Match those with the same number and letter to assemble your pattern.

For each additional row that you assemble, you must also cut off the top in addition to the right edge of the page.

I always trim one entire row, at once and assemble one row at a time until the entire pattern is complete. If you don’t have a large enough table to work on, assemble in rows and then connect the strips on the floor.

That's it! All finished! At only 19 pages, Scout can be assembled in almost no time. And then, you’re onto choosing your size and fabric!! Start thinking about what you want your Scout to look like. Slinky and sheer? Bold print or color? Stay tuned for some inspiration!

Choosing A Size

First off, let me share something with you. I am now a devoted pattern tracer! I NEVER thought this would happen! I couldn’t see the benefit of it. Especially with PDF patterns that you can run off more copies of. Do yourself a favor and buy a roll of tracing paper!

Because not only does tracing give you SO MUCH wiggle room to modify till your heart is content, it saves you from needless worrying over whether you’ve cut the right size. If after following the sizing tips below, you find you still didn’t get it quite right, you can trace another size. No reprinting or reassembling required!

Choosing the right size is one of the hardest parts about sewing, don’t you think? I always take the cheater’s way out: I measure the pattern pieces against something that fits me the way I want the new item to fit!

So grab a measuring tool, or two, and meet me back here.

There are a few things to consider when using the cheater's method. Namely, the type of fabric you want to use versus the type of fabric your existing garment is made from. With the Scout tee, which is designed for wovens, you wouldn’t want to rely on a knit shirt to help you choose your size. And you might not have a woven tee in this style, or a woven tee at all. Never fear! You can use a woven button up shirt  to help estimate the right size. Grab one you like, press it and pin it in half to start.

For me, and likely all of you, there are certain areas that I want the fit to be just right. If I can use an existing shirt to get the bust, armhole and neckline correct, I will take some fiddling around with the width or length of the garment.

This pink button up measure 10 inches across. Let's compare that to the white Scout featured above.

Spot on!

The armhole and sleeve fit is pretty close, too. These measurements all line up with the smallest Scout size.

Now, for one of the BEST parts. Choosing the fabric!!

Choosing Your Fabric

Playing with fabric is one of the best parts of sewing! The above is a selection, straight from my stash. Any one would make a great Scout!

Top to bottom, you have:

  1. Dotted Rayon Challis
  2. French Cotton Shirting
  3. Sheer Cotton/Poly Blend
  4. Mustard Heart Poly Challis
  5. Linen Look Cotton Shirting

Challis

Challis is an awesome choice for a slinky, dress up-able Scout. My white version (shown above) is so super versatile! I've worn it with a denim pencil skirt and sandals. Bright pants and ballet flats. Dark denim skinnies and platforms. It looked fab each time.

Sheers

I've been itching to make a sheer Scout ever since I saw Yoshimi's version. This cotton/poly blend is the perfect practice fabric before moving onto the grown woman silk chiffon yardage, lol

Shirting

Shirting is an ideal choice for a woven tee as you can find so many colors, prints & textures. The options are endless! The butter yellow of this French cotton would be great on a hot summer day. While the linen look would make a perfect vacay worthy Scout.

Which Scout fabric calls out to you? Decided on your own yet?

Share them with the group like, Jen! I have a knit version on the brain, thanks to her!! And scoped out the fabric and planned a trip to Mood!

Click the "Make" button up top to add a work in-progress post to Kollabora. Then we can hop over from the sidebar to chat about your choice, too!

  • Cutting Your Fabric

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  • Next up, let's cut that fabric cut! For me, there is no better demonstration of the best way to do that than the process outlined by Grainline's own, Jen! Her cutting method resulted in TWO successful Archers!! And can be adapted to cut many types of garments.

    Next up, let's cut that fabric cut! For me, there is no better demonstration of the best way to d...

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  • Gather the usual tool suspects.

    Pens: chalk & ink. Pencils: sewing & graphite.

    I gather the usual tool suspects.

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  • Supplies to pin or weigh

    Pin or weigh

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  • A cutting tool of some kind.

    A cutting tool of some kind.

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  • And follow Jen's steps to get this: Your Scout pieces!! All notched or marked.

    And follow Jen's steps to get this:

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  • Once I've got my pieces all cut, I run them over to my serger and finish the shoulder, side seams and sleeve hems. I always find that I've lost a mark, or several, during this process. So, now is a good time to make sure yours are still there and re mark as necessary.

    The first thing I did, ran my pieces over to my serger and finished the shoulder and side seams

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  • Next up, some basic construction steps. Starting with pinning the front and back together at the shoulders, with the right sides of your fabric facing each other. Using the suggested seam allowance (or not, I usually don't ;D), stitch your seams.

    Next up, some basic construction steps. Starting with pinning the front and back together at the...

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  • Having done that, press those bad boys open (or to one side, your preference) and move on to the bias bound neckline. I'm a (very) recent bias tape convert, so I still can't bring myself to create my own. I dug into my stash and pulled out a nice contrasting tape. I cut it using Scout's bias tape pattern piece and applied it using another sure FIRE Jen tutorial. Kollaborists! It is the flattest neckline I've ever achieved!

    Having done that, press those bad boys open (or to one side, your preference) and move on to the...

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  • On to sleeves. First things, first. Grab those sleeves and run a line of basting stiches between your two pen/pencil marks or notches. Just like this image from the Scout pattern.

    On to sleeves. First things, first. Grab those sleeves and run a line of basting stiches between...

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  • Whenever possible, I insert my sleeves flat. To do so, make double sure your markings are clear. Then pin the sleeve to your garment. I start by pinning both ends up to the first mark and pinning the center mark at the shoulder line.

    Whenever possible, I insert my sleeves flat. To do so, make double sure your markings are clear....

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  • Here we are, all pinned in!

    Here we are, all pinned in. 

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  • Exercising great caution so as not to chop a pin to bits, serge your seam and run a line of stitches to finish.

    Exercising great caution so as not to chop a pin to bits, serge your seam and run a line of stitc...

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  • Alternatively, turn to Jen (again) to learn how to French All Your Seams!

    Alternatively, turn to Jen (again) to learn how to French All Your Seams!

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  • Pat yourself on the back for kicking sleeve insertion tail and pin your side seams together to get one step closer to a finished garment!

    Pat yourself on the back for kicking sleeve insertion tail and pin your side seams together to ge...

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  • Once I have the side seams all done, I even out any wobbly bits with my scissor and serge the hem. I fold and press in a small hem allowance, using the serged seam line as a guide and stitch all three (2 sleeves and bottom) hems down.

    Once I have the side seams all done, I even out any wobbly bits with my scissor and serge the hem...

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  • Once that's accomplished, you're DONE!!

    Congratulations!! You've made a Scout!

    Now:

    Put it on.

    Grab a camera.

    Find an awesome location.

    And SNAP some PICS!

    Upload to Kollabora for a chance to WIN!

    Click HERE for the deets!

    Once that's accomplished, you're DONE!!

    Congratulations!! You've made a Scout!

    Now:

    Put it on.

    Grab a...

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  • Let's get back to those modified Scouts!! I already uploaded my tunic-y Sunshine Scout, but take a look at my cropped version!

    Let's get back to those modified Scouts!! I already uploaded my tunic-y Sunshine Scout, but take...

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  • It was super easy to make both. Each version required minimal pattern futzing. First step: grab your pattern, pencil and tracing paper.

    It was super easy to make both. Each version required minimal pattern futzing. First step, grab y...

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  • I like the way that the top portion fit, but I wanted to add the same amount of length and fullness as this tank. So, I folded it in half and butted it up against my traced pattern to match the length. PS-Those rocks are my makeshift pattern weights! :o)

    I like the way that the top portion fit, but I wanted to add the same amount of length and fullne...

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  • I also extended the side seams, starting a couple of inches below the armhole. This was a guesstimate arrived at from a combo of winging it and trying to match the width of the tank.

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  • For the cropped version, I grabbed a different top. A sort of bralette I made from parts of a vintage pattern.

    For the cropped version, I grabbed a different top. A sort of bralette I made from parts of a vin...

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  • I layered it over the traced pattern and added an inch for security.

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  • I made a stab at a curved hem using my French curve (a gift from my Sissy!). I did the same for the hems on the tunic version. This was a moderately successful method. I need to work on truing up my side seams. It all worked out with a little trim before hemming.

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  • For this red version. I folded my new pattern pieces at the lengthen/shorten line included on the pattern. I have already cut out a cropped version that follows this more exaggerated curved hem. As always, check out the designer's tips and tricks. Jen made a thorough tutorial on how to add fullness to your Scout. Find it here!

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  • Will you add a modified Scout to your collection?!?! You have until July 8th to upload your Scout for a chance to win prizes!!

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  • Scout! Scout! Knit it all OUT!! Dudes, it's possible! A knit Scout is just as easy and awesome as a woven one!!

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  • I’m so jazzed that the sew-along is such a success!! It's great to know that some of you have a new piece that you love!

    And I’ve been so inspired by all of the variations here, in return! Dresses, two-toned, petal front, embroidered, lace, pleated! My neckline treatment was inspired by Stephanie's version! It’s a teeny roll neck applied with Jen’s flat binding method.

    And it is perfect! Lol

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  • I’m so jazzed that the sew-along is such a success!! It's great to know that some of you have a new piece that you love!

    And I’ve been so inspired by all of the variations here, in return! Dresses, two-toned, petal front, embroidered, lace, pleated! My neckline treatment was inspired by Stephanie's version! It’s a teeny roll neck applied with Jen’s flat binding method.

    And it is perfect! Lol

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  • I followed Jen's lead and got a knit from Mood. This one is by Theory. I think it was $10. And it was super wide. I should be able to get a second cropped version for that money!

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  • You guys have one week left!! Get in on the Scout loooooooove!

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Discussion 50

  • Lip Gloss & Thread commented 2 months ago

    Oh these are cute! I'm going to have to try it out. Thanks for sharing! 

  • Sew4my3 commented 10 months ago

    SEW perfect for a summer project! This is a "must sew" on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

  • LSV commented 10 months ago

    What a great experience this was - learning new techniques (tracing the pattern onto the fabric!!)  I have never heard of that before.  Also the flat facing- it worked so well the first time I did it on the outside the second time!  Thank you so much for organising this :-)

  • Linda the crazy commented 10 months ago

    We can still post today, yes? I'm having a hem issue with one and need to finish the detachable scarf on the second.

    Thanks! So many great looking tops in the collection!

    SownBrooklyn replied 10 months ago

    The deadline should be midnight (eastern time) tonight! Good luck on finishing!

    Linda the crazy replied 10 months ago

    You know those stories about the best laid plans? Yeah, well, I need to finish the hem and sleeves (and the scarf). I planned to finish everything after the cable installation was over. But... the install took more than 5 hours. And they had to use my sewing room, so I had to move almost all the furniture. Now I have to reassemble the room to get some order to finish.  I'll probably post them in a day or so (I'm also doing one for my mother, but I need to remove the sleeve and cut a larger sleeve. She has a very large upper arm).  I'm so enjoying the other versions that everyone is posting! tThanks for all the inspiration!

  • Hazel Berryman commented 10 months ago

    Loving this sew-along!  Finished mine the other night totally inspired by this!  Will be blogging about it ASAP but I'm off to upload my pics of it here now :)

    SownBrooklyn replied 10 months ago

    Yay!! Can't wait to check it out!

  • Laglov commented 10 months ago

    Thanks so much for this sewalong!  Your instructions are so clear that even having made the Scout before, I discovered new tricks.  I've definitely been inspired.

    SownBrooklyn replied 10 months ago

    Thanks so much!!! I've enjoyed seeing your projects pop up in my feed!!

  • Janice commented 10 months ago

    It looks great! I definitely want to make one now.

    SownBrooklyn replied 10 months ago

    Go for it! I know you'll rock it in your edgy way ;o)

  • Cassi commented 10 months ago

    I love how well this shirt turned out! I think this will be a summer favorite top. :) Here's my project link: http://www.kollabora.com/projects/scout-woven-tee-sew-along-22 It's (almost) done!

  • Katrina commented 11 months ago

    Can we upload more than one scou?t- I am making a couple...

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Go for it!!

    Nora replied 10 months ago

    The more the merrier:)

  • Lisa commented 11 months ago

    When's the deadline? 

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    To be eligible to win prizes, upload your project by July 8th

    Lisa replied 11 months ago

    So much time! Yay!

  • Laglov commented 11 months ago

    Just posted another Scout, and cutting out two more: http://www.kollabora.com/projects/linen-tablecloth-scout

    TheMissLinds replied 11 months ago

    you're a woman on a mission - i like it!

  • Stephanie commented 11 months ago

    Ooh, I need some summer tees! I'll have to join the fun! I have tonz of fabric that would work for a Scout.

  • LSV commented 11 months ago

    Got it, thank you!  I will do a 'make' when I get to the sewing room!

  • LSV commented 11 months ago

    I did an FBA on the pattern - just checked back in - if we follow do we not get an email when you add to the project?  I have my fabric decided on!

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    You should get a notification when someone replies to your comment...let me know if you get this one. I will get back to you on updates to sew-a-long posts.

    Can't wait to see your fabric!!

  • jen / grainline commented 11 months ago

    That's totally not the cheaters method to choosing a size, that's what you totally SHOULD do! Best indicator of how something will fit in my opinion. I do it all the time when making patterns for myself ;)

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Oh! Good! That method usually works for me, too!!

  • Anna commented 11 months ago

    amazing!!! I am defintely going to make this happen - white is such a great choice.

  • Jennifer commented 11 months ago

    I'm in on the sew-along. Pattern ready, fabric chosen. 

    Is the back of this shirt longer than the front???

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Great, Jennifer!!

    All of my Scouts are hi-lo, but the pattern is drafted for an even hem. I will show both versions. Though my preference is clear ;o)

  • Rachael commented 11 months ago

    I have made several Scout Tees, but because of my larger chest, the oodles of fabric in the middle make me look pregnant! I hope I can learn some tips to make this SUPER cute pattern look much better on me.

    So excited!

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    I hope so, Rachael!!

    Heather Nordquist replied 11 months ago

    Mine turned out pretty roomy there too.  I am thinking of stealing a bit of the Sencha pattern for my next one, cutting a smaller size and cutting on the bias for some give.  Could that fix it?

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago
    GeorgiaRose replied 11 months ago

    maybe try a princess seam or some variation? Dart manipulation can do some magic... 

  • emily_marie commented 11 months ago

    Awesome! I have been really into making up Grainline patterns lately... this is so tempting! As soon as my project list is a little less backed-up, this is going on it. Can't wait to see what you're coming up with!

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    I love Jen's patterns, too! I have another one coming up soon! Hope you have time to make a Scout with us!

  • CutCutSew commented 11 months ago

    Yay! You read my mind...a Scout tee was my next project-I've had the pattern for a while but haven't had a chance to get to it.

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Awesome!! I can't wait to see your version!

  • Laglov commented 11 months ago

    I'm in!  I love the Scout tees that you've made, Nettie.  In fact they inspired me to make a fleet of my own, but I'm always up for more.  It's the perfect pattern for highlighting fabric with a special print or texture.

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    So awesome!! I love a nice tee so expect more from me, too!

  • TheMissLinds commented 11 months ago

    yay! can't wait to get started! already have my pattern printed and taped together. 

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Great, Lindsey!

  • Ginger commented 11 months ago

    Oooh, I've been wanting to make another Scout tee for a while-- now I have an excuse!  :D  So excited!

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    YAY!! I know you have tons of cool fabric hanging around!!

  • House of Pinheiro commented 11 months ago

    thats going to be awesome sew along Nettie 

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    Thanks, Rachel!!

  • Kathryn commented 11 months ago

    So glad I read about this sewalong on Jen's blog! Going to buy the pattern today and get the sellotape out tonight!

    Is there a button for this sewalong that we could add to our blog? I'm really knew to Kollabora (like I joined today!) so I'm still trying to find my way about.

  • Heather Nordquist commented 11 months ago

    I made one last week in a really funky wax print.  I am sure I'll make more!  This sounds like fun.

    SownBrooklyn replied 11 months ago

    I saw your version, Heather! I love that fabric!

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