Wednesday, January 28, 2015

scout tee #4 : long-sleeved nani iro version

Well, it's another day, and I'm back with another Scout Tee ... that's how it rolls around here.  The reality is that, as a rather inexperienced and beginner sewer, the Scout Tee remains that perfect mixture of a wearable design along with skills that I possess.  So, until I feel like venturing into more complicated patterns, I might be happy making an endless number of these with a few variations thrown in.

This version is made with 1 1/2 yds of this amazingly soft Nani Iro brushed cotton that I bought from Miss Matatabi.  I decided to use every single bit of fabric that I could and I extended the sleeves to a 3/4 length.

I'll admit that seeing Carolyn's shirt heavily influenced my own -- this border print was just too gorgeous to not use it as an accent somehow.   I am very happy with the use of the border print on the bottom hem, as well as on the sleeves.   If I'd had more yardage, I would have considered a dress -- this version and this version are inspiration for future border-print Nani Iro projects.

I shamelessly copied Carolyn for the sleeve hems, as well, leaving them unfinished.  I decided that if I need to hem them later, I can -- for now, I like the whimsy of the unfinished hem and I think it's fun and unique that the selvage print barely shows on one sleeve.

I feel super proud of the process that I took to make this a quality handmade garment that I hope will last well.   I serged the lower hem and then used a new-to-me-technique to hem the shirt.  On this shirt, I used my "blind hem" stitch and finally figured out how that worked -- this tutorial helped a lot.  I am definitely going to use this on future skirts!

My bias facing is really coming along ... I used a commercial facing but ironed it out flat before applying it, which I think helped with the stiffness.

I also extended the lower hem by about two inches and also used Jen's full back tutorial to add volume to the back of the shirt.  I **love** the way it turned out and will most likely use this "slash and spread" method again.

Meanwhile, the scarf I'm wearing with this shirt perfectly coordinates.  The scarf is pretty much all-time favorite handknit item -- it goes with almost everything in my wardrobe and is amazingly comfortable and versatile.  This was one of my first lace patterns that I ever attempted -- the Charlotte's Web scarf that was incredibly popular on knitting blogs in the pre-ravelry days.    I have more notes on my ravelry project page, if you're interested.  (I made another version in a chunky Noro yarn, too.)

My only regret for this shirt is that it's a tad too tight in the back across the shoulders -- so in my next Scout Tee I will probably add a bit of width there.  However, the fit still works, and I'm in love it!

Project notes :
Pattern : Scout Tee
Fabric : Nani Iro Painting Check from Miss Matatabi
Mods : None - Size 6 made.
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  1. Love it! Can't go wrong with this pattern or with Nani Iro - at least in my opinion. I've lost count of how many Scout tees and variations I've made. You're right - the perfect easy to sew easy to wear garment!

    1. Thanks, Noelle! I see countless Scout Tees in my future ... though with perhaps a few variations.