Shirt: Self-Made, details below//Pants: Old Navy//Boots: Steve Madden//Jacket: Old Navy//Necklace: Montserrat de Lucca
Guys, I feel better in this outfit than pretty much anything else I’ve ever worn! I don’t know what it is particularly but it just feels like so much like me. These were from a few weeks ago, but I wore almost this same thing today (if you follow me on Instagram @shedabbles, you saw it!). Also, this might be my favorite Scout Tee so far. Check out the (pretty well) matched up pattern at the side seam! I am so in love with this pattern… So far, I have the chambray version, the Peter Pan collar version, the navy one, the sweatshirt one, and this gem. I also made a plaid flannel version for my lovely mother and am working on a dress version right now! I think I officially have a troop of Scouts.
Let’s talk jeans for a second. I decided this fall to splurge on a new pair of jeans. I’ve been making a lot of clothes (in case you haven’t noticed) so I figured I’d spend a bunch of my budget on a nice pair of jeans. I ordered two pairs from Madewell and one from J.Crew with high hopes. I liked them all, but didn’t love any of them, especially for the price. I finally ordered this pair from Old Navy recently. I love my red Rockstars, but not for everyday jeans. This midrise pair, though, is amazing. And it cost $20. Winner winner chicken dinner!
My lovely momma
Pattern: Scout Woven Tee by Grainline Studio
Fabric: Aztec Jaquard from Joann Fabric
Alterations/Changes: For mine, the body and sleeves were both lengthened by 2″, just like for the sweatshirt version. For my mom’s, I made the sleeves elbow length.
Dress: Self-made, details below//Sweater: Old Navy//Shoes: Saltwater Sandals
So. Many. Buttons. Luckily my snazzy new sewing machine has an awesome buttonhole foot. These were my first button holes, and there were a few mistakes, but overall it all worked out! After seeing so many fun versions of this dress, especially Holly’s versions here and here, I knew I wanted it to be my first structured dress attempt. I made 3 different muslins of the bodice before I was happy with the fit, but I love the way this fits!
Pattern: Darling Ranges by Megan Nielsen
Size: XS at the top, graded to S at the waist
Alterations/Changes: I made a sleeveless version and graded from an XS at the bust to a S at the waist. Instead of including the back ties, I wanted to make this dress with a fitted bodice, so I made some significant changes. I raised the neckline by 2″ following Megan’s tutorial. I lengthened the bust darts by 3/4″ each and added two 1/2″ darts in the back bodice following this tutorial. I also underlined the bodice and made a full lining for the skirt so I can wear it with tights and boots.
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Top: Self-made, details below//Jeans: J.Crew//Shoes: J.Crew Factory//Necklace: I want a pony.
I have the hardest time dressing for this weather…cold, sweater weather one day, hot muggy day the next. It’s giving me whiplash! Thus, the pastel pants with fall colored shoes. And, this next addition to my maniacal sewing wardrobe was a perfect intermediary. I’ve been looking for a sweatshirt tee for a while (evidence here) but I just couldn’t justify the price tags on the ones that I liked. So, another Scout Tee was in order! This pattern worked perfectly for the style I wanted. Easy and comfortable, but can also be dressed up because of the neckline and lack of a pocket. I debated the pocket for a long time, but ultimately I’m glad I left it off this one.
Pattern: Scout Tee by Grainline Studio
Fabric: French Terry Knit
Alterations/Changes: Just like on this version of my Scout Tee, I lengthened the sleeves by 2″ to make them short sleeves rather than cap sleeves. I also lengthened the body by 2″ to make this fit slightly longer and I’m thrilled with where it hits.
I whipped this shirt up last Friday night after getting home from work and I’ve worn it three times already. I’m becoming a bit of a Scout master, which is quite fun. In fact, I’ve made 2 others that haven’t been blogged yet and have 2 more in the works! Also, have you heard, Jen from Grainline is working on a blazer pattern…I seriously can’t wait!
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Another pared down look, but this time topped off with a self-made blazer. That’s right, people, I made this thing myself! It has been so rewarding to really get into making some of my own clothes and this is one of the pieces of which I’m most proud. I took my time and finished it carefully and it has so many fun details. I’ve already worn this 5 or 6 times and it is breaking in beautifully. Since many of my upcoming posts feature pieces that I’ve made, I’ve decided to include a breakdown of details at the bottom. Let me know if there’s any other info you’d like!
Pattern: Victoria Blazer by By Hand London
View/Size: View 1, size 6
Alterations/Changes: I lengthened the body by 1.5″ so it would cover my bum. I also lined the sleeves as well as the body (great tutorial here if you’re interested). The only other change I made was to interface the front, back, collar, cuffs, and lapels (not the sleeves). Since I made it in linen, I wanted it to have a bit more structure so it wouldn’t instantly become a wrinkly mess. At first, this made it a bit too stiff but as I’ve worn it, it has softened up nicely.
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I absolutely adore the Scout tee pattern from Grainline Studio. It’s such a great pattern. The fit works perfectly for my body with no alterations. I made a chambray version first and I knew for this version I wanted to make a Peter Pan collar and turn back cuffs. After scouring the internet, I found a great collar tutorial and used the same concept to draft the pattern for the cuffs. Here’s what I did:
Gertie’s tutorial for drafting the Peter Pan collar worked perfectly for me (three part video tutorial: part 1, part 2, part 3). The only change I made was to make the collar one continuous piece instead of splitting at the back. My collar is 1 5/8″ wide with a 3/8″ seam allowance around the outside and the same 1/4″ seam allowance as the neckline of the shirt. Gertie has you draft an undercollar that is 1/8″ smaller around all sides. I did this for the muslin but didn’t like the way it was lying, so I just cut two main collar pieces.
For the cuffs, I first lengthened the sleeve by two inches so it’s no longer a cap sleeve. I traced the seam allowance from the halfway point on the sleeve. The cuff is 1 1/2″ wide and I mimicked the curve of the collar at the edge.
Next, I made muslins of the collar, sleeve, and cuff. I didn’t bother making one for the rest of the shirt, since I’ve already made a successful version. This was especially helpful when trying to figure out how to attach the cuffs to the sleeves. Now it’s time to cut into the beautiful Liberty Tana lawn…
Cut 2 collars on the fold and 4 cuffs of your fabric on the fold. Cut 1 collar and 2 cuffs of lightweight fusible interfacing on the fold. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of 1 collar piece and 2 cuff pieces. (Drawing the seam line on the interfacing made sewing around the curves SO much easier!) Pin the two collar pieces wrong sides together and sew along the edge at 3/8″, leaving the neckline edge unsewn. Trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″ and clip every inch or so. Turn right sides out and press press press until you have a nice flat piece. Repeat with the two cuffs.
To attach the cuffs to the sleeve, pin the cuff to the wrong side of the sleeve with the interfaced layer down, centered in the back. Press the cuffs and seam allowance away from the sleeve and trim the seam allowance down to 1/8″. Then, press the cuffs up on the right side of the sleeve and stitch around the sleeve at 1/4″, trapping the raw seam allowance inside the new seam. I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but I didn’t want the cuff to be falling down all the time and I’m happy with how it turned out!
For the collar, the attaching was actually much simpler.
I pinned the collar to the right side of the shirt with the interfaced side up (I made my shirt double layered in the front and back because the lawn I used was super sheer) and basted it on at 1/8″. Next, I went back to following Jen’s great instructions for attaching the bias facing. I chose to cut the bias facing out of the Liberty lawn instead of the solid white so if the neckline gapped, you’d see the same fabric as the collar. I sewed the facing on at 1/4″ sewing through all the layers, including the collar, but when I pressed the binding under for the final step, I folded the collar up and away so the stitching would be hidden under the collar, if that makes sense. You could definitely attach the cuffs this way as well!
Ta-da!! Please let me know if you have any questions! I’m still a beginner, so I may not have the techniques down perfectly, but I’m thrilled with how this turned out!
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