I made another Scout tee! Only this time it’s a… duhn duhn duuuuuuuhn… JERSEY SCOUT TEE! I love my two Scout tees that I’ve previously made in cottons, and so when the lovely Jen of Grainline Studios did a few posts on making Scout tees in knits, I thought ‘ooooooooh! I have about a metre of back jersey that would be perfect to give one of these bad boys a go!’
And I decided to do a bit of a pattern hack too. I’ve been meaning to try tulip sleeves for a while, after seeing Marie’s sleeves on her beautiful 'little dress for the BIG Three Oh!'. I didn’t have a pattern that had tulip sleeves though, so I drafted them myself! I’ve never drafted any part of a pattern before (still being the beginner that I am) but I’m rather pleased with how they look! It helped a lot that I have a shop-bought blouse with tulip sleeves so I used that as a bit of guidance. Below is a pic of the pattern piece that I ended up producing. As you can see it’s one long piece that overlaps at the top. I did about 7cm of gathering on each side of the overlapped bits, so they have a nice little gathered effect and overlap by about 4cm.
And to add a bit of toughness in contrast to the feminine sleeves I added some leather to the shoulders. I was gifted some lovely buttery-soft leather scraps from a family friend, and these scraps that I used have a gorgeously subtle dotted textured effect.
Construction of the tee in the jersey was, I’m pleased to say, not too bad. I don’t have a massive fear of jersey anyway. Lauren of Lladybird has written an excellent post on sewing with knits, extolling their virtues. And I completely agree. Fitting is so much simpler, and as long as you practise on a sample scrap first, you can get your stitch just right. I don’t have an overlocker so I just used the medium zigzag stitch on my machine, and it worked a treat. I did struggle a bit with the neckline band, but I think that’s just because I cut it too short. I’ve ended up with a couple of very small gathers in places so its not as smooth as I’d like, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it. I’ll just wear one of my lovely big necklaces to cover it up!
And I didn’t hem the tee. As Lauren says, that’s the beauty of jersey – no fraying! I just got to the end of the project and was about to hem when I thought, I don’t NEED to do this – so why am I? Sums me up perfectly. ;)
So yeah, it’s a pretty plain tee, and it’s black, but I’ve jazzed it up a bit and it’s going to be perfect with some of my bright print skirts for autumn. Sometimes you just have to make a few basics, amiright?
And now I’m off. Not to make another basic, but to start on some autumn-friendly Tania culottes. Yay for a never-ending supply of sewing inspiration!