Just a quick one today to show you my two latest Scout tees that I’ve whipped up to get rid of some of the remnants in my stash. The Scout is quickly becoming my go-to pattern when I’ve got a spare metre of fabric and no idea what to do with it. It’s really quick, super wearable and crazily easy. I barely look at the instructions now, I’ve made it so many times.
The first is a straightforward Scout – no changes to my usual sizes or anything. It’s French seamed throughout and I made my own bias tape. The real star is the fabric. I bought this voile from the Village Haberdashery about 18 months ago and then neglected to make anything with it (*slaps wrists*). It’s super silky to the touch and it’s so light it practically floats on to the ironing board. My favourite bit has to be the little gold triangles though – a touch of extra funkiness always goes down well. It also helped me to tell the right from the wrong side. Since the fabric is so fine, without the gold both sides would look pretty much the same.
My second Scout has tulip sleeves which are really cute! I followed the tutorial in a recent issue of Love Sewing which has you redraft the sleeve based on the original pattern. I think this one’s a good way to show off detail using plain fabric, so I used some plum cotton lawn that had been lurking in the stash for just about as long as the other stuff.
The hack itself is really easy. You just trace the two petal pieces from the original sleeve piece, lay them one over the other, making sure that the notches match and that they’ll both face the same way on the finished article, and sew. I contemplated French seaming this one, but I thought my machine might scream a bit with the extra bulk from the hem. So the armscyes are overlocked, but everything else is nice and neat.
The Scout really is a satisfying little pattern and I do wear mine all the time (prepare for a glut of them in the coming weeks for Me Made May). By my reckoning I’ve made seven now, so probably enough for a patrol or one for every day of the week? Either way, it’s probably time to give the pattern a rest for a while.
Have you sewn up multiples of a single pattern? Do you look at the instructions anymore?