Grainline Scout Tee Pattern Review

Scout Tee Pattern Review

I purchased the Grainline Studio Scout Tee pattern early on during shelter-in-place, but only got around to using it this past month. I’m not sure why I waited this long – it’s an excellent basic pattern for a non-stretch tee! And even though this pattern is basic, there are a ton of modifications you can make to jazz up and customize it to your liking.

Unlike the boxy Shirt No. 1 which has ‘drop shoulders’ and no shoulder seam, the Scout Tee is shaped more like your traditional t-shirt. So if you like more fitted armholes, you may prefer the Scout Tee over the Shirt No. 1. Regardless, it’s nice to have options!


A common adjustment I’ve had to make is adding room around the armpit area. I decided to size up to a Size 4, based on my experience with the Willow Tank, another pattern from Grainline Studio. I was a little concerned that the slight a-frame trapeze shape of the tee would be overwhelming, but it turned out great! In this version, I made no modifications.


I used a lovely herringbone patterned raw silk for all parts of this pattern. It was part of a bundle I purchased from @buyselltradehandmade (yay stashbusting), and I love the weight and drape of it for this tee. The end product reminds me of a Jamie + the Jones split tee that I had once purchased secondhand, but sadly had to rehome due to its oversized fit.

This pattern would work very well for slightly drapey fabrics such as linen, silk (raw & crepe), rayon, viscose, etc.

Future Modifications

While I’m very pleased with how this shirt turned out, here are a few modifications I may include in future makes:

  • Lengthen the sleeves: I don’t mind the length of these, but it would be nice to extend them 0.5″ or so to be more similar to the Jamie + the Jones basic tee.
  • Split hem: Yes, I basically want to make a shorter version of the J+J split tee :)

And that’s really it. Not a ton of modifications, because overall it’s a solid basic pattern for non-stretch tees, and a quick sew (< 2 hours).

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