Striped Scout Tee


I need more clothes that I can wear to work. Once I leave the apartment in the morning there is no going back, I am out for the entire day and into the night. Effectively, this means I’m a bag lady hauling around lunches, umbrellas, dry cleaning, groceries, patterns for class, fabric, but I digress. Really my point is I need clothes that I can both wear to work and run around Boston in while still looking fabulous. At least that is the goal. Fortunately academic research labs are very casual work places so as long as I have on a lab coat, safety goggles, and closed toed shoes I’m good to go.

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Laney made an adorable chambray Scout Tee a couple weeks back and it seemed like just the thing to satisfy my work clothes initiative. I threw on Laney’s tee to check out the size. By the way, a friend’s hand-made garment may be the perfect answer to muslin making drudgery. Seriously, you don’t have to sew a thing; you just slip on a garment and check out the fit. Perhaps you make a couple adjustments to the pattern to suit your body type and then you sew it up. No basting or cheap fabric required. Genius! I suppose for projects such as pants there is no substitute for a muslin, but for a Scout Tee why torture yourself?


I choose a mystery synthetic fabric because I loved the extra drape on a boxy silhouette. I liked the fit of Laney’s chambray scout I went ahead and made the same adjustments; lengthening the sleeves and hem, widening the neckline, and adding a pocket. I decided not to turn down the bias tape along the neckline to add an additional detail. If you lengthen the sleeves it does tend to leave fabric bunching in your armpit. I did some fiddling with the sleeve cap to minimize this. Talk about tedious when you have frenched all your seams (check out Grainline’s french seam tutorial)! I ripped the sleeves out so many times to make adjustments, I’d never be able to explain how I did it to others or myself. Likely this is for the best.  ;) I’d recommend keeping the sleeves as is or using a longer sleeve from a different pattern to avoid fiddling. If you don’t punish yourself with multiple sleeve alterations this pattern goes together real quick. Isn’t it funny how “simple” alterations can make you want to pull your hair out? Thankfully I like the finished top so the seam ripping was worth it.

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Pattern, Scout tee, Grainline Studio

2 yards mystery synthetic striped fabric

White thread


Turban tutorial, Honestly WTF

Scarf, Nordstrom

Lip, MAC Ruby Woo matte lipstick, MAC Kiss Me Quick Pro longwear lip pencil, MAC Prep + Prime Lip

Jeans, Levis Demi Curve Skinny

Parrot bracelet, Ann Taylor

Other bracelets, gifts

Trina Sandal, Sam Edelman

Gratuitous shoe photo anyone?

The shoes

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13 thoughts on “Striped Scout Tee

  1. So Chic!!! I really like this fabric! Thanks for the heads up on lengthening the sleeve – definitely something I have considered :) You will get a ton of wear out of this top!

    • Thanks Sally! I think you’re right about getting some wear out of it. I’d love to hear if you find a sleeve that fits well with the scout tee body. I believe it is very likely that I will be making more scouts in the future.

    • Thanks! We’ve used each other’s makes a couple times now so I’ve pretty much identified which areas are similar and where we differ in size. It certainly saves me some headaches. Having a group of friends that sew is the gift that keeps on giving.

    • Thanks! After a good moan in my post and wearing the top a couple times I’ve come to forgive those sleeves. Alterations are always an adventure.

    • Thank you! I think the trick to achieving this fit was selecting a fabric with drape. I love me some cotton, but sometimes you need a super synthetic to get the right hang. I’m with you on the purple wall I wish my apartment was half as fabulous.

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