Madewell Scout Variation: Sewing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation

Alright, here we go with the sewing portion of the Madewell Scout Variation. If you missed the pattern tutorial you can find it here. For this tutorial you’ll need the following supplies…

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Start sewing according to the Scout Tee instructions. The original Madewell top has faux flat felled seams throughout the garment. To achieve this finish, begin by sewing your seam as normal.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Serge your seam (alternately you can use a pinking shears or zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to keep the fabric from fraying), press the seam allowance to one side, and stitch through the seam allowance and top 1/4″ from the seam, anchoring the seam allowance. This is a faux flat felled seam.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Next we’ll tackle the front V opening. We’re going to do finish this opening much the way you would finish a continuous sleeve placket. To start, clip to, but not through, the point you marked as the point of your V.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Cut a strip of 1″ wide bias tape long enough to span the opening. You can see in the above photo that the bias tape and seam allowance of the V meet except for a small wedge in the center by my thumb. This is the part without proper seam allowance that you clipped open in the above step, it will sit 1/4″ away from the edge of the bias binding. Sew from one edge to the other making sure to catch the tip of the V at the center. For more detailed instructions on sewing a continuous sleeve placket, see this tutorial.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Next grade the seams and press the bias binding and seam allowance away from the top.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Understitch and fold the binding to the wrong side of the garment. Press the raw edge of the binding under and pin.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Sew along the edge of the binding. Now you have your V opening!

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

To finish the rest of the neckline, you’ll follow the instructions included with the Scout with this one exception. When you get to the edges of the V opening, leave a bit of fabric over the edge as in the lower edge in the photo. This will be tucked up into the binding creating a finished the finished edge at the top of this photo.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Now to create the sleeve cuff. Insert your sleeves according to the directions in the Scout instructions. Fold up the sleeve along the new sleeve length line you marked on the pattern. Give the folded edge a good press.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Fold under your 1/4″ hem allowance along the raw edge, press.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Next fold down the 1/2″ hem and press in place.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Fold the hem edge down to meet the new sleeve length you pressed earlier.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

 

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Tuck the new sleeve length edge into the hem edge and pin in place catching only the hem edge and sleeve, not the cuff.

Tuck the new sleeve length edge into the hem edge and pin in place catching only the hem edge and sleeve, not the cuff.

Fold the sleeve down and out of the way, stitch along the edge of the hem anchoring the hem in place. You may want to do a small bar tack at the underarm of the cuff to keep it from folding down while being worn.

Grainline Studio | Madewell Scout Variation | Sewing Tutorial

Give your cuffs and shirt a final press and you’re done!

 

 

 

 

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16 Responses to Madewell Scout Variation: Sewing Tutorial

  1. Thanks for the tutorial! I never realized making a deep V was just like doing a sleeve placket. I recently copied a Madewell product myself: http://blog.lindsaywoodward.com/2014/04/madewell-inspired-striped-knit-dress.html I love their style, but not their prices!

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  3. maddie says:

    Jen, this is fantastic! I haven’t made a scout tee, but this is making me want to sew up one!

  4. hedgewick says:

    This looks like a great gardening top. It would be nice and cool in a 100% cotton.

  5. Sara says:

    It’s a very cool looking top! I recently pinned something very similar, but with the slit in the back rather than the front : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/68187381833173336/

  6. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials. I love a pattern that can morph! I’m a little curious about the hem treatment. In the lastt tutorial the hem is drafted to curve up at the side seams two inches. But this tutorial has the hem unchanged from the original Scout.

  7. Grace says:

    Hmmm.. i think the 3rd from the last picture is a duplicate of the faux felled seam. I’m hoping there is a missing photo to help illustrate the cuff folds because I’m not getting it.

    • Jen says:

      Yep, that was a mistake. WordPress updated their image junk the same day I posted this and it was a total nightmare, everything was malfunctioning. Now I can’t get that photo to be the same size as the others even though they’re all 1000px wide. GRRRR but at least it’s up there!

  8. Mary says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I absolutely love the Scout pattern and have made several. This is a great variation — just started mine!

  9. I love how this top looks. I saw a top I liked in to todsy then realised it reminded me of this (ok it has a collar, but I like your neckline better) http://www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/women/clothing/tops-and-t-shirts/easy-to-wear-blue-chambray-cotton-smock_indigo.htm and then amazingly I found some nice plain fabric in my local shop (they only have cheap polycottons if you want plain usually), a linenish indigo. I’m sorely tempted to add to my to do pile.

  10. Sarah says:

    I am a Scout devotee, love the pattern and can’t wait to try this variation. THANK YOU so much for sharing…I always have a hard time fitting tops for myself, but Scout is a home-run in every way. You are awesome.

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  14. Ayida says:

    Ha! I just came here to compliment you on the chipped nailpolish, yay for imperfection! Those hands could totally be me, if I were white. Oh and I love how you are able to keep changing things up from this one, marvellous pattern for a simple tee!

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