Monday, April 15, 2013

Finished: A Vintage Floral Scout

I just love this shirt! I've been admiring great versions of this top all over the internet, and finally got around to making my own. The Scout Tee is a really great pattern. Quick, well-drafted, sleeves are seriously easy to set in, and though loose fitting, the shape of the shirt is really quite flattering. The sleeves are the best cut I have come across yet, and the top even looks cute on a hanger! This was my first Grainline pattern, so I cut a size up just in case the bust measurements reflect a bigger cup size (my first experience with a Colette pattern taught me a lesson!), but I ended up taking it in a bit and in the future will go down a size.

Line drawing found here.
I bought this fabric a couple years ago at Winmil Fabrics in Boston after falling in love the moment I laid eyes on it. It cost a bit more than I usually spend on fabric, and I had to buy a whole three yards due to Winmil's remnant policy, but there was simply no question about its coming home with me.

I've been waiting endlessly for the perfect project to use this fabric, and it was unpacking my grandma's china with its similar floral pattern that provided the inspiration to just make a quick top. Somehow I was lucky enough to end up with this set of china that my grandma acquired in the early 1950's. My mom kept the set in storage for me during our Boston adventure, and it was so fun to get the whole set out and marvel at its beauty now that we're home in California. I'm in possession of such riches...

This is a decidedly casual top. I wore it to work last week and it just felt wrong with work pants! I enjoy having special, casual weekend tops though, and this one is absolutely perfect.


  1. That's truly gorgeous! A perfect pairing of fabric and pattern!

    1. Thanks, Gail! I really love this one.

  2. Kelly what a great choice of fabric for such a simple style. I love it, and it really is like vintage china....cute!


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