grape scoop top

this is the “wearable muslin” for my scoop top, after i graduated from using my husband’s old t-shirts as muslins and cut into “real” fabric.  once i saw that this top worked and i had the fit and construction down, i cut into my Britex tissue knit and took the tutorial photos.  i had posted this one to Rae’s Spring Top Sewalong flickr group but didn’t have time to blog it before it was time for KCW and then time for my two guest posts to go up.

what i’m saying is, sometimes blog post timing is weird.

grape scoop top

anyway, it’s made in a purple rayon jersey from JoAnn, which wasn’t super expensive but is super soft with a really nice drape.  the fabric was just finicky enough that my machine ate it a few times until I pulled out Jess’s tissue paper trick for the hemming, which worked like a charm!  first time a double needle has really worked for me too, so that was fun.

grape scoop top

it has the pocket that i include in my pattern, and i ended up angling the placement in the final version since this seemed a bit crooked.  i also played with the hemline a bit after the shirt was already sewn, so the hem has a bit of a “don’t look too close” situaish going on.  probably not noticeable to anyone but me though.

grape scoop top

it’s really comfy.  probably the comfiest shirt i own.  annnnnd yes i’ve definitely worn it as a pajama top.  i just love it so much!  it’s like something i’d actually buy in a store, you know?  big accomplishment over here, i’m still waaaay too jittery about self-sewing (but trying very hard to get past that, because wearing clothes i’ve made is incredibly rewarding).

grape scoop top

my necklace is from rare bird on etsy – husband actually spotted it on my pinterest board and got it for me!  good man.  thorough.

oh hey, did you see that Anna made a scoop top?!  it looks so awesome!  it’s crazy to me that someone else could make a wearable top from my pattern.  it’s like when i sewed my first skirt for Em and had this irrational fear that it would fall apart at the seams when she wore it.  i just designed this top to fit ME so well, it’s pretty cool to see it fits other gals too!  guess that’s the beauty of knits though, eh?  😉

i’ve seen a couple other lovely versions popping up on instagram and in comments too, and it makes me so happy you guys are giving it a whirl.  this has been a fun “dip my toe into patternmaking” experience.  i also want to give a huge THANK YOU to Melissa of Melly Sews and Blank Slate Patterns, who got me going on Illustrator – she offers a full class on it which she talks about here, and the first lesson is free!  if you’ve always wanted to learn Illustrator but don’t know where to start, start there.  it’ll blow your mind.



18 thoughts on “grape scoop top

  1. Adrianna says:

    I feel like this shirt is the sisterhood of the traveling shirt. It probably fits most people, it’s that awesome. I’m about to find out 🙂

  2. Sanae says:

    Fab!! That shirt looks so awesome on you and I love the color! I’m also coveting that necklace – thorough man indeed. I want to make the shirt!!!!

  3. Andrea says:

    Cute, cute, cute! The color is beautiful and the fit is so flattering! Great work, sis! I want to see your smile in these pics., pretty girl. 🙂

  4. gail says:

    way to be a pattern maker!! if i weren’t such a knit-chicken and if i ever sewed anything for myself i would totally make this shirt 🙂

  5. Sabra says:

    I love everything about this top, and everything your wrote! The fit is amazingness, and SO COOL to see others making off of your pattern.

  6. SRHJNE says:

    the tops looks lovely! You were right about the drape: it falls really nicely. I also love the idea of a wearable muslin. Waste not!

  7. Meg says:

    Hi Kristin! I am just getting back into sewing after a 10ish year hiatus (I taught myself basics in high school). I love this shirt and had actually bought the same purple jersey from Joann’s but then I got inspired to use a sheer fabric that caught my eye. (

    I made the shirt last night but my problem is on the back near my shoulders it kind of gaps/sticks out… I don’t really know how to explain it and I can’t even explain it well enough to google in order to find you a picture. I should add this is a problem I have somewhat often with store bought clothes too.

    Anyway, maybe you understand me if not I can take a picture later tonight! So, is this something I can fix or is it a result of using your pattern on a fabric without any stretch? I am assuming a heavier jersey would still be big but would lay down and not be noticeable.

    Thank you!

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