Sunshine Scout on a Graffiti Day!

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

My first Scout made for my Kollabora Sew-Along!

It’s sunshine in garment form! Look at it gloooow with the setting sun hitting it!

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Modified, a bit. Tunic-ish length, looser body, SUNSHINE-Y color!

Top :: Grainline Scout Woven Tee
Jeans :: F21
Sandals :: Target
Bracelets & Elephante Necklace :: from my Sissy
Jade ring :: my late granny’s

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

Making this nearly beat me. Started too late, had too much to do the last few days, the twins graduated today and the cloud of fatigue that hovered over me tried to take me down.


Sunshine on a Graffiti Day

You guys can win, too!! Jen and Kollabora have cooked up something good!! Check it out here!
Scout Tee Sew-Along Challenge!

And, for those of you new to sewing (are there any new sewists following this blog?) I’ve added more construction steps over on the Sew-Along page.


Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-Long :: Size & Fabric!!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

Hiya!! Thanks for all the lurve for my sleeveless Archer!! It’s so damn cold here today, I think sleeved and ruffled Archer might get some wear. Hmph!


About the Sew-A-Long, I’ve posted some tips on choosing the perfect size and fabric for your Scout Woven Tee over on Kollabora.

So, grab a measuring tool, or four ;)….

Choosing The Right Pattern Size

Measure a top you like the fit of…Β  IMG_7598

Measure your pattern piece…


And make a Scout to fit!


It’s time to go stash diving…

Choosing the Right Fabric for your Pattern

And meet me at


Scout Woven Tee Sew-A-long!!!

I am so excited to be at the helm of Kollabora’s Scout Woven Tee Sew-Along! This is my first time *blushes*! It’s no secret that I think Grainline’s Jen is awesome!! Her design aesthetic fits in perfectly with my favorite things to wear. Of all of her patterns, Scout is my absolute favorite! Super easy to stitch up. Super stylish. Super easy to modify. Super easy to change up depending on your fabric. Super, super!

If you’d like to follow along, check in over at Kollabora!

Scout Sew-A-Long @Kollabora!!

MMM.D1 :: This Time I’m Sure!!

Hello, all!!! I hope you enjoyed my blunder!! If you have no clue what I’m talking about…well sorry you’re left out of the joke πŸ˜‰

TODAY, you know, NOT yesterday, is my first official day of

And I am wearing a brand new make in honor of the occasion!
The MMM13 Scout

The MMM13 Scout

The MMM13 Scout

The MMM13 Scout

I made this Scout late last night/early this morning when I couldn’t sleep. If only all of my sleepless nights yielded such results. (You can add conquering bias tape hatred to the list of 2013 sewing accomplishments.) I was hit with a bout of insomnia (more like, an inability to sleep because my mind was racing to all of my sad/angry places) and figured I’d better make good use of the time.

Scout only took one hour to make. Which I know thanks to Instagram time stamps. I also whipped up a Tiny Pocket Tank, last night. I snapped a pic and posted it and then immediately got started on this one. I posted the finished top 1 hour later. These two items used almost all (after lots of adjusting and improvising) of the remnants of my Darling Ranges Dress. Which is pretty awesome.

The MMM13 Scout

I didn’t really have a destination, other than school drop off and pick up, until my sis asked for help bringing her artwork home from school. This was nearly my only me made look for the day. As much as I wanted to rock head-to-toe me made, today was not a bare leg day and I was in no mood to futz with stockings.

No worries, I still have lots of May left
And I’d better use at least part of it to make some pants!

The MMM13 Scout
Coat :: Steve Madden
Top :: Handmade using Grainline’s Scout pattern
Pants :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy
Purse :: Express

The Maddie Scout Tee

The Maddie Scout Tee

I made up another Scout Woven Tee with the fabric I bought while hanging out with Maddie!! I blogged about this day, but, like the idiot I can sometimes be, totally missed the chance to take a picture with this cutie.

I DID, however, help Maddie choose some really cute cotton prints for her undies dreams AND haggle with Kashi over the price of this fabric πŸ˜€

The Maddie Scout Tee

I did the same hi-lo hem on this one and attempted to draft longer sleeves. I initially made them longer than what you see here, but they were much too tight for comfort.Β  I hacked them off which saved it. But working with this slippery fabric was a bit challenging and some of the seams had to be serged again so the end result is slightly too tight across my upper back.

The Maddie Scout Tee

No worries, though. I gave it to my oldest and it fits her perfectly. The jury is out on whether she will actually wear it. If I see it hanging out in the shadows for too long, I’ll repossess it πŸ˜€
I’m wearing it with the Janice skirt here, but it also looked great with jeans. I have more of this print for try #2. With proper long sleeves. Wish me luck.

And, no,Β  I did not take these photos in a cave. Just on a very rainy, bleak day, lol

The “Scout’s Honor” Woven Tee

The "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

My shirt looks rather off white in some of these photos. I promise you, it IS yellow!

Scout’s honor!

The "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

The Facts
Fabric | A basic, lightweight woven cotton. 1.5 yards for $5.97. called the print “retro trees” but my oldest son The "Scout's Honor" Woven Teethinks that they like dandelions ;o)
Patterns | Grainline’s Scout Woven Tee (Jen is offering 15% off patterns right now)
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread.
Time to complete | About an hour, including cutting.
First worn | To pick up a stack of free French books with the kiddies.
Wear again? | Yes! I’m not crazy about this fabric, but it was the only yellow I had. I was also skeptical that it would look good on once I finished it, but I really like it.
Total price | I used a yard of the fabric and the pattern cost me $6.50 (less 15%), so about $10. I expect to use this pattern a lot, woven tees have incredible fall wear potential, so the cost of the pattern is negligible. I refashioned the shorts last summer. They’re much more wearable at this length.

The "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

The "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

My Scout has a shaped hem (and NO bias binding on the neckline, it’s the devil ;p). This was necessary for two reasons. One, my front and back hems didn’t match up. I think this was due to my printer running out of paper partway through printing. After I added paper, I ran off the missing pages. I may have forgotten to deselect auto rotate when I restarted it. I also went against my gut and didn’t taper the side seams as much as I normally would so that the shirt wouldn’t sit on top of my hips.

IThe "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

The size 0 was more than large enough for my small upper body, but I was worried about it looking too boxy with the extra fabric, so I was conservative in my tapering. It worked out because I love the hem feature, it makes room for my hips and the fit is pretty awesome!

I have my oldest daughter to thank for today’s pics. My children have become my go-to photographers!They are always so jazzed about helping me show off what I make! This area was PACKED with people lunching, smoking and lounging. I had no fear or awkwardness stopping to take these flicks! Hell, I even spoke on camera this weekend and did not have an attack of nerves. Don’t let anyone tell you that sewing doesn’t boost confidence!

The "Scout's Honor" Woven Tee

I’m glad to be back over on the Sew Weekly!! My machine drama completely threw off my groove! I had 1000+ unread posts in my Google reader and I watched way more TV than I had in a long while. I’ve missed my weekly sewing routine, which apparently affects the groove of the rest of my life!

I used up all of my mojo last week sewing up Promaballoona frocks. But that effort, and my great Saturday afternoon craft date with David and Goodwill, reset my inner creativity clock. I’m back in the saddle again and looking forward to next week’s challenge!