Nanette + Ebony + Grainline Tee!

Hi, guys! Hope your week is off to a great start! Let me start off with a word of explanation: I really, really, really didn’t mean to get a summery print so late in the year. But I stumbled across this Nanette Lepore linen/silk blend (!) online and immediately fell hard for it (good news- it’s still in stock!!!). But, it’s October, so I tried to talk myself out of it. I left the browser window open for two days when I saw Mary’s tweet that she had just ordered the same print and, well, that little nudge was all I needed to pull the trigger!

I’d planned to use this gorgeous fabric to make a really special dress (check out Kelli’s dress made with a different colorway of the same fabric!), but after I thought about it for a bit, I just couldn’t justify making a dress that would be stuffed in my closet until May. I’ve recently noticed a major hole in my wardrobe- cute tops for everyday wear! So I figured a top would allow me to wear this fun print with a greater degree of frequency.

Since the print is so large-scale, I knew that I needed something with a lot of surface area to show it off. I remembered Ebony’s hack of the Grainline Studio Scout Tee pattern, something I’d been meaning to try since I first saw her post. Now, Ebony used a knit, but I thought I could get away with using a woven since the original pattern is designed for wovens and the fabric is quite drapey.

Ebony details how much width and length she added to her pattern, but I didn’t want to do quite as much as she did. So I dropped the front hem by 3″ and the back by 8″ (blending from 3″ at the side seam of the back piece to 8″ at the center back, giving it a nice curved hemline). I also lengthened the sleeves by 4″ (Jen at Grainline has a tutorial for how to do this if you need some pointers!). I slashed and spread the front and back pieces by 8″ each (the most I could do and still fit the pattern pieces on 44″ wide fabric). That’s plenty of extra volume- 32″ total added to the sweep of the hemline! Whoa!

The fabric was easy to sew and didn’t fray as much as 100% linen. It has a tendency to relax and rumple up a bit, which I really like. Since it didn’t fray like crazy, I just serged the seams instead of getting fancy with seam finishes. Sometimes you just want to keep it simple! The neckline is finished with bias binding, and the curved hemline got the narrow hem treatment.

I know this isn’t the most flattering garment, but it makes a big splash and is really, really fun to wear. I just feel so happy when I put it on! And isn’t that the best thing about sewing your own clothes? You can wear whatever you like! And, you can channel inspiration from as many sources as you like (in my case, Mary, Ebony, Jen, Kelli, and, of course, Nanette Lepore!) and turn it into a cool garment! Now I’m really looking forward to seeing what Mary makes with this fabric!

What are you making these days? What are your favorite top styles?

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Comments


  • True Bias
    October 27, 2014

    well you know that i love this print. i also love me some loose flowy blouses over skinnies. you look great.

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      I was definitely inspired by you! :)

  • Lori
    October 27, 2014

    I think it is the perfect top to showcase that fabulous fabric. Great job.

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      Thank you, Lori!

  • Lauren
    October 27, 2014

    I think you look great! I wouldn’t personally wear this style, but I can’t hate on the ladies who can pull it off (aka, you!). Nevermind that it’s a summery print – you look positively radiant and happy in those colors, and just looking at the pictures is making ME happy! :)

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      I can’t even imagine you in anything like this! :) The colors are just so happy!

  • Fiona
    October 27, 2014

    This looks amazing on you and I want one for myself! I’ve got to admit that print caught my eye on the website and it looks so great made up. The style of that top is perfect for it

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      It’s such a gorgeous print, isn’t it? It just makes me smile when I look at it!

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 27, 2014

    I LOVE the fabric too and ALMOST ordered it as well. I’m glad you bought it – the top is so you and well……just looks like fun. Enjoy while you can and when warm weather returns you’ll have this crisp top waiting :)

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      These colors would look great on you! You should do it!

  • Rory
    October 27, 2014

    What? Not flattering? Are you kidding?! This is adorable on you.
    Nice job!

    • Ginger
      October 27, 2014

      Awww, shucks, thank you, Rory! I get a little worried when I see how many of my clothes could double as maternity wear!

  • Bella
    October 28, 2014

    This is gorgeous on you and looks like so much fun to wear!

    • Ginger
      October 28, 2014

      Thank you, Bella! :)

  • Sallieoh
    October 28, 2014

    Yes! I love gigantic tops!! This looks awesome on you! I love the big print, and I’m so glad you decided to use it to make something that’ll get a lot of wear, rather than a dress that just gets stared at longingly. I also love that this top was the result of so many disparate inspiration sources – I feel like that’s our community at it’s best right there!

    • Ginger
      October 28, 2014

      It’s so cool to see little bits of other women in the things we make!

  • Peter
    October 28, 2014

    I this this looks great on you — really different and fun. I imagine this could work for just about any season. Lovely job!

  • Charlotte
    October 28, 2014

    This is gorgeous. I particularly love the back. I have just made the exact same top in a black knit – copying Ebony completely. I didn’t think it would work so well with a print, but after seeing this I take that back, it looks fantastic on you!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 29, 2014

    I’m a slight build like you and I love love love long loose tops these days, especially with skinny jeans. This is such a lovely fun print and I bet it’s gorgeous to wear.

  • Grace
    October 29, 2014

    I love it! I would totally wear it too. I think I’m sold on this Scout pattern hack.

  • Sew Well
    October 31, 2014

    I just love this on you. I especially love the drape of the front. I wonder if it would fall the same in the front if you didn’t also add all of the volume in the back? Maybe then it would look a bit maternity though? (Thoughts from a person who really appreciates a good flow-y top these days!)