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Scout Tank and Top in Friedlander Fabric

When I was in Australia, I picked up a great top at a local clothing store. (It’s not pictured on their site, but I found some shots here and here). I just love the shape and style and have been wearing it often. Because of that, I thought it’d be fun to try to recreate it so I’d have a few more.

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

Lucky for me, the Scout tee by Grainline is a great starting point. It’s a project that I’ve made many times (one version is here), and each time I make it, I tweak things here and there to customize fit and/or style. That’s the beauty of finding a good pattern. It can give you much freedom to try new things!

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

This first version stays pretty true to the Australian inspiration in that it has a wider collar, curved hem and some billowing fullness dropping down at the sides.

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

To make these changes, I added width to the sides–both to the front and back tapering out from the bust. I also added length to the hem so that I could curve it, and then the neck band was a relatively easy add. I roughly went off the thickness of the inspiration piece, cut a new band on the bias and installed it.

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

The Australian original is made from a sturdier cotton, but this version is much lighter. Lawn tops are pretty great (I might be obsessed), and I’d been wanting to make a top out of this green print from my latest collection. The result drapes nicely and will be perfectly cool and appropriate for the summer.

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

The original also has some neat seams by the shoulders that I had a fun time drafting into the Scout. Using this particular fabric doesn’t make it very pronounced, but I could see playing with more contrast in a future version if the mood should strike.

Scout Tee in Friedlander Lawn . Carolyn Friedlander

The next version has a few other design tweaks.

Scout Tank in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

And I’ll admit, this was kind of a compulsive sew. I was eager to make a shirt with the big tree stripe from my latest collection, using the stripe as a fun element in the bodice.

Scout Tee . Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

I also decided to make it right before leaving for QuiltCon this past February. (There’s nothing more fun than being able to pack a new garment for a trip!)

Scout Tank in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Again, I started with the Scout tee, making the adjustments to the side seems and length. When it came time for sleeves, I decided to omit them. Sleeveless is perfect for Florida, and it’s also easy to layer with a cardigan.

Scout Tank in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

After some debate, I decided to not do the collar on this one. I liked the idea of the print being front, center and unencumbered by much else.

Scout Tank in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Scout Tank in Friedlander Fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

The hem, arm and neck openings are finished with bias tape. When I make bias tape, I often make more than I need so that I always have some on hand. Here I used some from my stash, and it worked perfectly.

Scout Tee . Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

I kept the additional shoulder seam and played just a bit with the part of the print that I used. It’s a subtle detail that adds that little extra something.

Scout Tee . Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Scout Tee . Friedlander fabric . Carolyn Friedlander

Inspiration : This shirt from Vic and Bert, via my travels in Australia

Pattern (with some adjustments) : Scout Tee by Grainline

Fabric : Sleeved version is made from my Friedlander Lawn collection, and the sleeveless version features a print from my Friedlander collection with bias tape made from Cambridge Lawn in Nude by Robert Kaufman

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Euclid Dishtowels

Although I made these Euclid dishtowels a little while ago, they’re a fun favorite that I’ve yet to share much about until now.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

One of my favorite things about sewing is that there are many types of projects–big and small, fast and slow, handy and decorative. The variety is nice, because you can pair project with your mood and attention span, meaning it’s never really boring, and it doesn’t have to feel like more of a commitment than you’re ready to take on! This dishtowel project is relatively speedy, super handy and quite pretty…if I do say so myself. 😉

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

To start, Purl Soho always has inspiring projects and tutorials, and it was this one that got me interested in making these dishtowels from my Euclid fabric.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

I love that it’s a simple but very useful project. And fabric-wise, it works super efficiently with 1/2-yard cuts. I made 6 because that’s how many pieces are in the collection, but depending on your needs or fabrics, that is very adjustable.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

Dishtowels are a great project for playing around with embroidery, and it doesn’t take much. I just did a little bit of stitching in each of the corners. Sometimes I played off of the design in the fabric, and other times I didn’t. You could do as little or as much as you’d like.

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The tutorial made it really easy. I love the clean finish of the mitered corners and the usefulness of the hanging loop at the corner.

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This project also makes a nice gift, which is always fun to keep in mind. I like to keep a running list of giftable projects be it just for fun, a birthday, housewarming–whatever. This one can check several of those boxes.

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

Now that it’s been awhile since making these, I’m ready to make some more!

Tutorial : Classic Mitered Corner Dishtowels by Purl Soho

Fabric : Euclid

Decorative Threads : Aurifloss by Aurifil

euclid dishtowels . carolyn friedlander

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Baby Morris quilt in the works.

Since I’m usually having to wait to share things in the works, it feels totally indulgent to be able to share some pics of an in-the-works quilt! This is a baby Morris quilt that I’m working on for a friend.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

I like a project like this because it’s really just a big game of playing with fabric. And lawn. Geez. So soft. I keep my lawn fabrics in one bin/area, which makes the fabric pull an easy dive into that pile. I’ve got quite the mix of things.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

There’s plenty of my new lawns, but also a heavy amount of Jen Kingwell’s lawns. Jen’s were actually a big starting point, because I couldn’t help but buy a bundle of them at a LQS recently. They’re so pretty! (BTW I plan/dream about making a Morris lawn for myself using hers and mine and whatever else…)

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

The fabric play is endless with a project like this. With each new piece, I get new ideas for color and print pairing. I find it to be super exciting and a massive mental break.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Other fabrics included are some Alexia Abegg, Woodland Clearing by Liesl Gibson and some Aneela Hoey, which is not lawn, but I love the color and print, so it made it in.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

Pattern : Morris Lawn

Fabrics : Friedlander Lawn by me, Moving on Lawns by Jen Kingwell, Mesa by Alexia Abegg, Woodland Clearing by Liesl Gibson, Vignette by Aneela Hoey

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

The top is complete. Now I need to baste and quilt…and then gift it.

Baby Morris Lawn quilt . carolyn friedlander

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