Sunday, 30 June 2013

Floral Grainline Scout

From the inside out...





From the outside, on:





  • Pattern: Grainline Scout woven tee - size 8 with a no-dart FBA, extended to dress length. 
  • Fabric: cotton voile from the coupons corner at the Chien Vert. I bought it in my early stash-building days, in love at first touch of the buttery softness and with the Delft porcelain colours, but guiltily not knowing what on earth I was going to do with it.
  • Inspiration: fabric chat with Leila. I caught the end of this one the other week and had a lightbulb moment. I'd never sewn voile before and it was high time to cut into it!
  • Details: All the seams are frenched. Even the armholes! With the unforeseen but hugely satisfying result that the seam allowances and narrow hems are the same width. Did you spot that? Love it.
  • Conclusion: beautifully sewn (if I do say so myself) from a beautiful pattern with beautiful fabric, it's also beautifully cool and comfortable to wear. I'm pretty pleased with this one :-)
  • P.S.: haircut!


16 comments:

  1. Jo, this is gorgeous. If I sewed that beautifully inside I'd be showing it off too! Love the fabric. Do you find the voile is a bit 'electric'? Sometimes I do find it with the lawn. Love the new haircut. Love you with a bob.

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  2. Oh thank you! It took me a few days to get used to the hair, but now I love it. It took me ages to get one photo of this dress I was happy with though, mostly because I was self consciously fiddling with my hair! I don't find the voile electric at all - in fact I've never heard of that before, though I'm not exactly an expert - this is the first voile thing I've ever sewn or worn!

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  3. Jo, you did such a gorgeous job! I love all your perfect french seams. Wow. Just gorgeous. I'm also glad to know Fabric Chat inspired this. That's awesome!

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  4. thank you!! I don't think I would ever have decided what to make with this fabric if I hadn't caught you talking about lightweight cottons! It just made me think - hang on, I can do that too. And now I'm just having a warm fuzzy sewcialist moment to myself. This stuff is the best :-)

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  5. So, so pretty inside and out! Floral prints are my favorite and this one is just beautiful! I'm sewing up a scout tee that I hope to finish today. I'm up to the sleeves and a bit nervous about getting them right. I love your haircut!

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  6. thank you! yeah the sleeves are the scariest part - I was literally on the edge of my seat trying to french seam them, and to be honest I'm still astonished they turned out ok! Good luck...

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  7. This looks great, Jo! I was wondering how this pattern would look as a dress. And I love your hair, too.

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  8. Loving your grainline scout dress! Such pretty fabric, as well, so light and summery. Looks great on you.

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  9. Wow, I love this!!! Oh, and the new do.


    Frenched armhole seams?! I didn't even know it was possible! Beautiful fabric and pattern alteration. Well done.

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  10. Nice ! I love this pattern too.

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  11. Yes! Every time I see one of your versions I think, must make another one myself :-)

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  12. Yes, I was a bit intimidated but Jen's tutorial is really good and makes it look easy, which definitely helps! It's here: http://grainlinestudio.com/2012/03/15/sewing-tutorial-french-all-your-seams/

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  13. thank you :-) I think how it works as a dress depends quite a lot on the fabric - if it was either more stiff or more drapey than this, it would come out completely different. There's a knit dress version here too: http://nikkishell.typepad.com/nikkishell/2013/04/scout-dress.html

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  14. Beautifully made. Gorgeous fabric!

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  15. Oh! It is wonderful! It will be great for - upcoming - summer :-)

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