If you follow my blog The Crafty Mastermind you may have already read that I had made the fabulous Scout Tee from Grainline, using the luxurious Gust from Zephyr collection , but I'm putting this up here for prosperity
I picked Grainline Studios studios Scout Tee because I was after a cool stripy tee that had a straight forward construction and It's perfect for beginners and that wont make your brain explode.
I traced the pattern using the Swedish Tracing Paper it was the first time I used this properly and it was awesome!!! I fashioned it into a mock up to get the size about right. the beauty is that it's soft enough to bend around all your curvy bits and you can stick pins in it (I'm sure you can sew it together too) It's cheaper than using cheap fabric and it means I could re-use the pattern again, double bonus.
Anyway I normally don't make toile's, I'm normally too impatient I just want to get on and make things. But I wanted to make a simple toile up for this because A) I always accidentally make stuff too big for some unbeknownst reason and B) the fabric I was working with isn't exactly cheap so I wanted to make sure I didn't make any mistakes.
Talking of the fabric, my goodness what beautiful fabric!!! It feels like silky luxury but it's a rayon. It's Cotton + Steel Zephyr Gust in black, lovin' it. As I have never worked with rayon before I was nervous..literally crapping, but it was great! I even remembered to change to a smaller size needle so the holes wouldn't be too big. There's a point , don't stick too many pins into this during construction, it doesn't like it.
This is great for a beginner, it not only teaches the basic construction of a top but also eases you into setting in sleeves and finishing edges with bias binding in a very un-scary way with easy straight forward instructions and pictures.
I used a meter and a half of this amazing fabric to make the top, but the with the way the pattern was laid out there was quite a bit left over running the width. (Im sure I can use it to make a kids skirt or bits of a quilt). The whole pattern was in 3 easy parts, front back, sleeves and bias neckline. The instructions were straight forward and easy to follow, even inserting the sleeves was too easy. I haven't done a lot of curved binding so I was pretty flipping nervous...but it turned out awesome....amazingly.