Hey ho there, friends! I am all kinds of happy today!
It all started with some wonderful fabric. It’s a black polyester rayon ponte knit. Who would’ve thought I’m a polyester fan? But man, it is soft and drapes nicely and was so easy to work with! I got it from Fabric Mart, but sadly it is no longer available. Even more sad, I thought I had 6 yards of it, but my invoice shows only 3 – so my plan of making a Lady Skater from it later today is no more, since I just finished making a glorious knit Grainline Studio Scout Tee.
Yep, the knit scout is in the house! First, I am happy to report that my dartless FBA experiment (a la Moonthirty’s “how not to do an fba“) was a success. I will hang on to my darted version of the front bodice just in case it doesn’t work as well in a woven, but I think it is going to be fine.
This top was inspired by a pair of dark red plaid RTA pants I just bought. The pants are a size too big, but I want to wear them on a trip next week, so a belt will have to do. I wanted a black top to go with the pants, as I would be wearing my black Doc Martens boots with them. So I tried the Scout Tee in a knit.
It took me all of an hour and fifteen minutes to sew this up, all on my serger except for the sleeve and bottom hems and neckline topstitching.
I forgot to take a little off the top of the sleeve cap when I modified the pattern. I still think I need to do that. It’s a little too puffy.
Other than that, though, I am happy with the pattern! And it worked great as a knit. I probably could have sized down in a knit fabric, but it’s such a loose and flowy design to begin with that I didn’t want it to be any more fitted.
I like the length in the back – full coverage of the waistband of pants, but not obnoxiously long.
I am very pleased with my work on this top for 2 reasons:
All in all, I’m very happy with this top and wish I had this fabric in every color to make a dozen more of these! I could seriously wear the heck out of these. There will be more. Now, please cross your fingers that I have enough of this fabric left to eek out a Lady Skater dress! Oh, the perfect little black dress it would be…
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