First scout your peacock - a pattern review
I am possibly one of the last sewing blogger in the blogger-sphere to try out Grainline Studio's Scout Tee. (For those whose heads are buried even further in the sand than mine, Scout is a loose fitting tee made from woven rather than jersey fabric), Its not so much that I wasn't aware of the Scout pattern, I'd seen lots of versions online, I'd even had the pattern for a while, but I hadn't got round to trying it.
Earlier in the year, when looking for a quick sewing fix, I thought I would give it ago. I had just enough peacock fabric left over from this dress, and I thought it might work well. I flew through the construction of the top which is very simple, and that was very satisfying. However, I made a mess of attaching the neck binding, and put the project aside in a huff.
Last Friday evening, while tidying up my sewing room, I unearthed the incomplete top from the bottom of a pile of half finished projects and items in need of fixing. Deciding that I had gone so far with the project that I ought to finish it, I did.
I have to be honest I wasn't completely convinced with the top when I'd finished. But I wore it round to a friends on Sunday and she reassure me.
I didn't make any changes to the pattern, and the instructions were very clear. However, if I were to make it again I would probably make the top a little bit longer. I did the narrowest hem I could manage but I still think that it could be a longer. I would also probably use a fabric with a bit more drape in it. The peacock fabric is an African waxed one, and it is on the stiffer side.
Will I make it again, with this changes? Yes, I I think I might. It is a very easy and quick pattern, so very satisfying. Plus, it uses only a small amount of fabric so a good way to use up odd pieces in my stash. Plus, as this version show, it can take a bold print and as my stash shows I do like a bold print.