Scout Tee in Ikat

Good news, everyone: I’ve finally finished something new! Behold: the Scout Woven Tee in genuine ikat! Apologies for the poor quality of these photos–I finished the top around 10PM last night and wanted these done before I went to bed! Tom was a little tipsy after having some beers with his friends, which surely didn’t help matters, LOL! (And I HATE being photographed in skinny jeans, but this is definitely a “with jeans” top, so I’m grudgingly allowing for an exception.)

Front view

Front view

Awkward side pose

Awkward side pose

Rear view

Rear view

Scout innards

Scout innards

Obligatory 6AM selfie

Obligatory 6AM selfie

Maybe you can’t tell, but I LOVE this top!! I’m so proud of it, and proud that I was able to get it together so quickly. I made 2 mojo-smashing mistakes (inserted one sleeve inside-out, and got almost all the way around the hem attaching the bias binding only to notice that I was attaching it to the inside, not the outside) on two of my three work nights on the final version, but still got this top done in about 4-5 total hours of work time. For me, that’s basically the speed of light. =D

This top is really easy. Like, so easy I didn’t bother reading the instructions once I finished my muslin on Friday. As with my muslin, I cut a straight size 0. I did bias facings for all the hems and the neckline, and got to use a bright orange vintage binding from my stash for the task. The weave of this ikat is loose, so I did french seams everywhere but the armholes; I only skipped the armholes because the sleeve seam allowance on this pattern is a scant 1/4″. For the moment, those seams are raw-edged, but I think I will trim and bind them for security. This fabric frays horribly so I don’t want to take the chance of those areas falling apart with wear or washing. Apart from that, though, this Scout definitely has the prettiest innards out of all the things I’ve made; it helps that there is no “wrong” side with my fabric, of course!

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to add a lot of length to this top due to the nature of my midsection. The side photo above is deceptive, because I actually eliminated the high-low hem effect; I must have been arching my back or twisting awkwardly when that photo was taken. Fit-wise, I’m really happy with the final product, though I concede that it needed no “fitting.”

Because my fabric is somewhat irregular pattern-wise, I decided not to worry about pattern matching everywhere. I decided I wanted the vertical stripes to line up at the shoulders, and they do! I disobeyed a direct order and cut the sleeves on the cross grain, and I did that for two reasons: I wanted that vertical stripe to circle around the bottom of the sleeve (a smashing success, if I do say so myself) and I wanted to conserve fabric. I had foolishly hoped to be able to squeeze something else out of my 2 yards of 44″ wide ikat, but I don’t see how that’s an option now that this top is done–I’ve got very little usable material left over. Such a miracle was little more than the fever dream of a madwoman, I suppose…But at $17.50/yard, can you blame me for trying?!? Thank goodness I used thread and binding from my stash, because this was an expensive-ass tee!!

What’s the most expensive “basic” in your wardrobe? 

10 thoughts on “Scout Tee in Ikat

  1. Clap clap! I love it! And look at those lovely stripes. Bravo! I understand your hopes to create another thing from your remnants: I’m always hanging on to scraps of things because I love the fabric too much and I’m a bit of a hoarder, but they are never big enough to make anything other than fancy pockets from. Mind you: I haven’t dared cut into anything very expensive yet: I’m still in training!

    • Aw, thank you! I have to laugh, because I hacked right into this stuff without feeling bad at all, LOL! Mostly because it’s a non-stretch cotton, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. I wouldn’t trust this stuff as pocket bags (too fray-prone) but I’m hoping I can do something with it! My cat has decided that it’s obviously a lounging mat for her, so perhaps a cat bed? =)

  2. Looks great! Love the pattern on it and the colours goes really will with your skinny jeans! I avoid vey expensive fabric out of fear of destroying it hehe and I also keep every tiny bit of left over fabric because yes one day I will make this thing that will need just a bit of this particular fabric! Have you got enough for a cushion maybe?

    • Thank you so much! I did laugh when I put the jeans on and realized how well things matched–definitely a happy accident! A cushion is a great idea, and I should have enough that I could do a couple of small pillows. I’ll have to investigate that!

    • Thank you very much! It’s definitely louder than most things I own and wear, but for some reason I had to have it, haha! The fabric definitely needed a “casual cool” pattern, and that’s basically Grainline all over, isn’t it? =)

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