It seems like everywhere I look online there are ladies singing the praises of the Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. I am no different! In fact you might even say I’m a bit obsessed with this pattern! As of writing this post I have made this top six times, and I have fabric for at least three more waiting to be sewn! (Update… I’ve now made this shirt 9 times) It is such a quick project, a perfect wardrobe staple, and it works well out of many different types of fabric. The Scout Tee has pretty much become the employee uniform here at Harts, so many of the ladies have made them!
Since it is such a simple pattern, there is a lot of room to get creative by making easy alterations. I am personally in love with Peter Pan collars! If a pattern has a Peter Pan collar I am 80% more likely to make it (true facts, I totally did the math on this)! Because Of my Peter Pan passion, I decided it would be totally adorable to add one to the Scout Tee!
A light weight apparel fabric – I used an indigo dotted chambray by Robert Kaufman
Now that we have all our materials assembled it’s time to draft our collar pattern! This is super simple and you can follow the same steps to add a collar to any pattern!
Lay a piece of pattern tracing paper over your pinned together pattern pieces. Now it’s time to trace the curve of the neckline! You will also need to extend the lines at the back and front of the patterns. The back line will be the fold line that will become the center back of the collar.
Now that you have the basic structure for what will become your collar, it’s time to actually create the pattern piece! I decided I wanted my collar to be about 2″ wide, so my pattern piece will need to be 2 5/8″ wide to account for seam allowance. Using a ruler or measuring tape, mark out from the curve of the collar at 2 5/8″.
At this point you can start sewing up your Scout Tee following the directions on the pattern. You will attach the collar to the shirt when it comes time to finish the neckline. Let’s do that now shall we….
First pin your collar to the neckline with right sides together. Don’t forget that the side with interfacing will be the underside of the collar. The best way to center your collar is to mark the center front and center back of your neckline, and mark the center back of your collar piece – then just match up the markings!
Before you finish your neckline, use a basting stitch to attach your collar. Basting it in place first will insure the collar will be centered and free from puckers and creases, this extra step will save you a ton of stress when you finish the collar edge.
Don’t forget to share pictures of your finished Scout tee with us, we always love to see customer projects!