A Scout Dress
I'm a full Scout fan girl. I make no apologies for that. My knit versions of the Scout are probably my most worn items, and it might even outpace Simplicity 1873 as my most made pattern.
So, I do love the length and looseness of the Scout. But I also love the shoulders, the gentle scoop neck, the short sleeves. It occurred to me that it would make a really great bodice for an easy dress.
And it does.
I do apologize for the photo quality of these pictures. I finished this dress on a Sunday night, wore it on Monday, and wanted to take pictures of it immediately when I got home from work. It was a gloomy day and nearing dusk so the lighting is not the best.
But the dress is the best. It's comfortable, it's cute, it's long enough to wear to work. A great staple dress for me!
The fabric is a Cotton and Steel rayon that I got from Hawthorne Threads. I loved the last rayon of theirs that I used so I got some more! I used a blue cotton batiste for the skirt lining. The skirt itself is from Vogue 1395, with a few extra inches of length added. The top of the skirt matches almost exactly with shortened scout bodice, so I just created an elastic channel and called it a day. After wearing this I may rip into it and shorten the elastic a bit.
As for construction, I did my normal Scout steps. Sew one shoulder seam, do the neck binding, sew the other shoulder seam, insert the sleeves flat, hem sleeves, and sew up the side seams. I did mostly French seams with some faux flat felled seams as well. Then I attached the skirt and lining and added the elastic.
I fucked it up.
i got confused by the French seams for an elastic casing and sewed the skirt lining on the outside. I got so annoyed when I realized it! So I spent some quality time with my seam ripper, went to Hancock's for some clearance retail therapy, and decided to try again the next day. Then, while in the shower, it suddenly hit me like a lightning bolt and I knew exactly what I needed to do. So I got out of the shower, put on my underwear and a t shirt (no time for pants) and got to sewing. And in about half an hour I had a finished dress! It's a favorite now and my screw up is mostly forgotten.
Patterns: Scout and V1395
Fabric: cotton and steel rayon
P.S. Here's my haul from Hancock's. Maybe worth the pain of ripping out a couple of seams?