My Handmade Wardrobe: Scout Tee

Almost a year ago I walked into a lovely little sewing store and decided I wanted to start a new project. Initially I picked up a pattern for a button-down shirt, but ended up deciding on what looked like the simplest pattern in the shop, the Scout Tee by Grainline Studios. I picked out some beautiful Nani Iro fabric to go with it, and I tucked it all away, feeling too intimidated to start for a year. I’ve sewn a lot of bags and pillow cases, but never any garments except for a simple pair of pyjama pants, and I think the idea of making a shirt that I was actually supposed to wear in public sort of scared me. I didn't want to mess this up.

But it turns out the Scout Tee really was a great project to get me excited about sewing my own clothes. I later bought some inexpensive grey fabric, because I wanted to test the pattern before cutting into my beautiful Nani Iro double gauze. I sewed the first top in a size 0, which did fit, but I decided I wanted to go up a size for the “good” version of my top. The size 2 feels perfect on me. I didn’t have any trouble with the neckline, which was so satisfying to sew and I love the clean look of the bias neckline. I decided to use the overlock foot to finish the seams and so far they’re holding up really nicely.

All in all, this is such a good beginner project that I would recommend! I’ll probably be making more sometime in the future, but for now it’s onto something new.

Inspiration For My Handmade Wardrobe

I usually stick to knitting accessories, socks, and smaller projects, but lately I’ve been so inspired to start building my handmade wardrobe. Inspired by many of the makers I follow on Instagram, the sewing store I work at, and a trip I made to a local dying store.

The dying store carried all different types of natural dyes, as well as different weights of un-dyed yarn and fabric, and the samples they had around the store were so beautiful. Karen Templer of www.fringeassociation.com posted a picture of a simple top she made from a modification of the Lakeside Pajamas Top by Grainline Studios. I love that the hand dyed fabric was a gift that Karen sewed into a shirt with the help of a pattern from another friend. There is such a story in this garment.

@karentempler

@karentempler

I also really want to add more linen to my wardrobe. The sewing store carries shelves of beautiful linen and I can see so many garments in my wardrobe being made from it. Here are some pictures from Adrienne Shanti @jai_jai_ma on Instagram, some amazing linen shorts and details of a low-back dress she made from linen.

@jai_jai_ma

@jai_jai_ma

@jai_jai_ma

@jai_jai_ma

The shorts are made from the Merchant and Mills 101 Trouser pattern, using the shorts variation. And the dress is a modification she made to a Wiksten pattern. I still have a lot to learn before I can start modifying patterns, but I love what people can do to make something completely their own.

Another maker who’s wardrobe has been inspiring me is Jess Schreibstein of www.witchininthekitchen.com. Her beach tank knitting pattern is such a wonderful basic. I love the neutral colour she chose and I plan on doing something similar when I get to knitting this one.

@thekitchenwitch

@thekitchenwitch

Jess also sewed a Camber Dress by Merchant and Mills in the prettiest charcoal fabric, and it looks like such a staple dress. I want to fill my wardrobe with pieces like this, things that are easy to throw on, neutral colours, and simple shapes. I think I’m going to try a dress similar to this using some of the beautiful linen I’ve been eyeing up. What handmade garments have been on your mind lately?

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Fringe Association: www.fringeassociation.com

Grainline Studios: www.grainlinestudios.com

Merchant and Mills: www.merchantandmills.com

Wiksten: www.shopwiksten.com

Witchin' in the Kitchen: www.witchininthekitchen.com