Friday, April 24, 2015

Blue Steel Tee - Grainline Scout #31002

Pattern: Grainline Scout Woven Tee #31002 (2011)

Pattern Description: A t-shirt with capped sleeves and scoop neck. Fitted at the shoulders, this top falls into a loose shape below the bust.

Pattern Sizing: Size six, smaller than my usual size because I was using a knit instead of a woven.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is a simple idea but in a modern shape; interesting and still an easy and fast sew.

Fabric Used: One yard of navy blue and heather gray half-inch striped (50% cotton, 25% rayon, 25% poly) 7 oz. knit from Girl Charlee. (see conclusion below)

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The only change I made was cutting out a smaller size than my woven versions.  The knit I ordered ended being much thinner than I expected. Because of that and the wish to match the stripes I cut it out in a single layer. Surprisingly, when completed the finished shirt impressed me by being tres sexy because of the fabrics drape.

Making sure the stripes will match.
I chose to cut the neck binding out perpendicular to the shirt's stripes for a fun contrast. In a nice coincidence, the left hand side of the band matched up perfectly with the stripes on that section of the shirt. The neckline does seem to bag out a bit at the front, so I may try some iron steam or another line of topstitching to put it back into place.
Self fabric neck binding.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will make this again, I am obviously a fan of this little pattern, having made it many times before in woven fabrics. This is my first Scout in a knit and now I can't wait to make more knit versions.

Conclusion: It's a design that looks very different when made in various types of prints and weights of fabric. I particularly like how the shape drapes and falls in a knit.

As it turns out, I was initially disappointed in Girl Charlee because their description of this knit as "light to medium weight" was not accurate. I was expecting a more substantial knit, however, this is more of a tissue knit weight, more accurately described as "light-weight". However, now that it is finished I really like this weight and the way that it feels and drapes. Now that I know what to expect, I will probably buy more of this 7 oz. weight knit from them.


Mugsy's in Stitches said...

It does have a nice drape to it - I like how the bottom of the t-shirt seems to flow...if that's even a term! *lol* I wonder if this pattern could be turned onto a shift (if it was extended properly, as long as there's not too much "fudging" involved)...?

lsaspacey said...

I'm actually thinking of using this pattern to make a slinky woven polyester dress. Going to make my Hemlock first and then compare the shapes.

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely! The drape is perfect. I've had good success pulling in slightly gaping knit neck bands by running some shirring elastic through the casing. I just threaded a big needed with it and snuck it in through the stitching where I joined the neck band, the tied a knot and tucker the knot inside the casing. It's a quick and dirty fix for a slightly gaping knit neckband when the fabric doesn't have quite enough recovery, and doesn't involve any unpicking or resewing :-)

sewtyrpical said...

That looks really good on you! The Grainline Scout with a some adjustments is now a TNT for me. I've made at least 5 of them. Such a great pattern!

Audrey said...

I am impressed that you used a pattern for a woven and it resulted in such a great looking knit T. I too like the drape of the fabric on this top.

Noelle said...

Very nice version of the Scout! I've only done one in a knit and it was a very stable cotton. I'm tempted to try a slinkier knit now that I've seen yours. I have had this experience with Girl Charlee every single time I've ordered from them! Glad that the fabric worked out well despite not being what you expected.