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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Grainline Tops Sewn: Scouts and Larks and Linden and Penny

Hi guys! During Me Made May, I sewed up a few shirts using the Scout and Lark patterns from Grainline Studio. Scout is designed for wovens, and it's a little different with each different fabric. 

This one's made of rayon challis, and I love the drape.


And here's one in double gauze, which is very breezy and comfortable, and suprisingly opaque for such a lightweight fabric.


And this last one is made of quilting cotton. I followed Jen's tutorial to lengthen and add cuffs to the sleeves. I love this cloud print! I only wish it didn't wrinkle as easily as it does.



I added a couple inches of length to my Scout pattern, since I'm 5'10". I think that's perfect for the rayon challis and quilting cotton versions, but the double gauze would have fit better without lengthening it. It sometimes gets bunched up and wrinkled at the bottom. It would be easy to shorten it a bit if I ever made that a priority.

 And now for a couple of Larks, the knit t-shirt. Both of mine are the scoop-neck version, with short sleeves. The pattern comes with four neckline possibilities: v-neck, boatneck, and crewneck, in addition to scoop-neck. You can also choose between four sleeve lengths: cap, short, 3/4, and long.

Here's the striped one:


And the floral one:


I lengthened this pattern too, and I don't think I needed to. Next time I may try it in the standard length.

In June, I whipped up this pink and white striped Linden. My on-hand white ribbing didn't match, so I debated for a long time and finally chose to use red. This is a really lightweight french terry, which is great for summertime. Some mornings and evenings are cool, and we've even had the occasional chilly, rainy day this summer. Plus, it's always chilly in the basement, where I sew. A sweatshirt comes in handy down there! 


I did okay at matching the stripes on the side seams!


And now I've made a Penny Raglan top, from green jersey.

Gratuitous cat inclusion. 

I lengthened this shirt by about an inch, and I really like the length. I don't want to flash any stomach skin right now, and I don't have many high-waisted bottoms, so I don't want true crop tops. This length gives the idea of a cropped top without showing any skin. Unfortunately, I didn't mark my pattern after making this and I made a second shirt, which is, of course, shorter than I'd like. In cooler weather, I can layer it over a tank top, but for now, I'm probably not going to wear it.

Lesson: mark changes on the pattern right away! 

Have you used any Grainline patterns? Are they TNTs for you, too?

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