Scout tee – when one is not enough!

This is Reana’s fault, she made me do it!!  Well her and Amanda of Bimble & Pimble. First Amanda very kindly sent me the pattern and then Reana went and made up three of these lovely tops, so of course I had to give it a go too.

I was extremely sceptical, I mean, how is a woven, baggy top without any darts going to look any good on a somewhat boobilicious less than waif-like body?  Well, I tells ya, it does, I just love it…so much I made three! Well I couldn’t have Reana beating me or anything, life is a competition right?? 😉

I don’t have too much to say about the construction, it’s pretty straight forward, there are only 4 pattern pieces; front, back, and two sleeves. Plus there is a bias piece you can either cut from your fabric, or of course you could substitute with your own purchased bias.

The first version I made with a lovely soft cotton voile – I bought about 5m of this so I wasn’t too worried if it didn’t work out.


I got to use my new coverstitch to finish the hems, which has really given it a professional look. The best thing I really like about the twin-needling is that it doesn’t pull like it used to when done on my normal machine.

After this Scout was finished, I was hooked. Not only did it look good and was comfortable, it only took 1m of fabric and about an hour to make! Brilliant for a quick satisfying make and I think we all like those from time to time.

Next I decided to make one in a poly georgette that I have been hoarding saving for the right project. Pretty sure this had been in my stash for at least two years!


The sleeve and hem were finished using my rolled hem foot, and the neck (due to the curves being tricky) were finished using the manual method of rolling the hem.

Finally, for my third version, I used my new obsession, metallic finished fabrics. This is a foil voile! (hehe I like the rhyming).


Sorry, it is really hard to capture the foil finish of this fabric, but I can assure you in real life it is lovely. Essentially the right side of the fabric is printed with an opaque gold/silver finish – fun!  Again, I finished the hems and neckline with the coverstitch machine.

The pattern recommends 1 7/8yds of fabric, but I only used 1m for each of these tops. I cut the back and front side by side and then the sleeves laid out beneath. The bias piece I folded in half and then cut from the double layer of fabric. This uses much less fabric, you just need to remember to add the seam allowance for joining the pieces.

It’s not often that I fall in love with a pattern and make it back to back and then again! If you haven’t tried this pattern, give it a go, it is nothing short of sheer brilliance!!  Thanks Amanda and Reana for your enabling!!

Pattern – Scout Tee by Grainline Studio
Fabric – 1m of voile/georgette/voile
Notions –  thread

40 thoughts on “Scout tee – when one is not enough!

  1. Lovely tops! I do love a Grainline pattern. I just finished ironing two moss minis, a scout and a tiny pocket tank. Ready for the week!

  2. They look great on you! I’ve made a couple of knit scouts too, and it’s the perfect shape for floating over bumps and lumps but since it’s fitted enough at the shoulders, it doesn’t look too baggy! I love your georgette one – don’t think I’ve ever seen one out of that kind of fabric, but it really works!

    1. I also meant to say that the Coverstitch really looks good on the neck edges and hems. It really does make a professional finish. Out to Sewco, I must go.

  3. I had the same exact concerns about the Scout tee – darts are a necessity for my bust! But I think you’ve convinced me. I love woven tops because I tend to find lots of woven fabrics that I like, and they can’t all be dresses. I’ve been thinking about the Scout tee a lot, but every time I do, I catch myself and say, “nope, it doesn’t have darts!” I think I’m gonna get that sucker now and give it a try. I think your examples illustrate the importance of having a fabric that drapes nicely – none of yours look boxy because your fabrics aren’t stiff. I just got some chiffons and lightweight poly fabrics that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I think some of them will be Scouts!

  4. I LOVE this pattern! Am making my second right now. Like you, I wondered how flattering it could be, buts I am now hooked!

    Love all 3 of your versions, particularly your metallic one!

  5. Hi Busy Lizzie
    Just letting you know of a meet up for Brisbane sewists – would love if you could make it.

    Brisbane Blogger’s Meet up
    Saturday 9 November 2013
    Foxy Bean Cafe
    Cnr Potts Street and Stanley Street East
    East Brisbane
    Bring fabric, patterns, notions, tools for a swap!
    RSVP 6 November

    Regards Sofie

  6. Love the look of this pattern and your t-shirts, particulary the navy / floral one – looks like you’ve done a great job.

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