I’ve been wanting to make the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio for quite a while (honestly I can say that about a lot of patterns) and finally got around to it. I love basic silhouettes that are easy to sew and this fits the bill perfectly. It’s the kind of shirt that’s easy to throw on with jeans, which is pretty much my busy work days uniform. And (at least in my mind) if it’s in a neutral like this gray chambray, then no one will notice that I’ve worn it twice in one week.
The Scout Tee pattern is a simple scoop neck top with short set-in sleeves and no bust darts. I really love the curve of the neckline. It’s a perfect scoop, not too deep, not too high. The fit is loose but not overwhelming in a light woven like this chambray.
After sewing it all together I did feel like the simple silhouette and plain fabric were a tad boring so I added a pocket using the pattern from the Grainline Alder Shirtdress. The pointed end of the pocket gives it a little something extra.
As is always the case with Grainline patterns, the instructions are very well done. If you have trouble getting your bias finished necklines to lay flat, make sure to check out their post here. I made a size 10 but used the length for the largest size. My bust is 38 inches so I’m in between a size 10 and 12. Because it has a loose fit, I took my chances and went for the smaller size. I’m pretty satisfied with the fit. It’s not too big at all. I may consider making the sleeves a bit longer as I think they stick out a little bit.
I bought the fabric in downtown LA at a little shop in the fabric district. This is the kind of fabric that I automatically buy 5 yards of every time I see it because I know it will be easy to work with and that I’ll wear the heck out of it. I actually used this fabric to make my Zip Back Lou Box Top, which I also wear all the time. (I may be a lot obsessed with grey. :)
I’m really happy with how this top turned out and I’m sure I’ll be making more. In fact, I’ve already worn this one multiple times. I have some fabric that I bought at the Pendleton outlet in Portland last September that may be destined to become a Scout Tee (or dress!). If you're looking for more inspiration, check out this recent post from Grainline on Styling and Swatches for the Scout Tee and my recent roundup of 10 Simple Top Sewing Patterns.