pattern tutorial | scout full back pattern

I mentioned in my post on my Red Wool Scout that I would be posting this tutorial on how to get the fuller back. Unfortunately it’s about a week late, but better late than never right? I hope so at least! Anyway, follow these directions and you’ll have a scout with a swing! As usual if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section or send me an email.

Step 1 | Assemble your pattern supplies. For this you will need the Scout Woven Tee pattern, paper scissors, rulers and french curve, a pencil, an eraser and a sheet of paper large enough to trace your pattern on.

Step 2 | Draw a line across the shoulders at a 90˙ angle to the center back (red line). This marks the point where the flare starts. Divide the lower part of the pattern into 3 equal sections drawing a line from the hem to the shoulder line (green lines).

Step 3 | Slash across each line leaving the pieces barely connected at the ends. This is how you will spread to add the fullness (hence the patterning term, slash & spread).

Step 4 | Draw a new CB line on your paper and align the CB edge of the top to it and weight it down. Spread the hem to achieve the desired new measurement. I spread each section 1″ to add 6″ to the bottom of my hem. Trace around the pattern.

Step 5 | Re-blend the armhole using your french curve. You can also freehand this if you don’t have a french curve. Just make the line smooth.

Step 6 | Re-blend the hem. Again you can do this by hand or even with a straight ruler if you don’t have a curved one. Just make sure the new hem line is smooth.

Step 7 | You will also want to make sure that the CB line and hem meet at a right angle or you will not have a smooth back seam. They only need to be at this angle for about 1/2″ or so and then you can begin the curve.

Step 8 | Label your new back and cut it out.

Step 9 | Assemble your sewing supplies and follow the directions as written in the Scout Woven Tee instructions!

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20 Responses to pattern tutorial | scout full back pattern

  1. Alison says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! You make it look very easy and I can’t wait to test. One thing- you say to divide into 4 equal sections, but the rest of the pictures are divided into 3. You might want to revise your text or at least clarify. Thanks again!!

  2. Candace says:

    Thank you for this tutorial! You are so clear and neat, I love your blog and learning from you. Having recently bought this pattern, I’m inspired to try this modification out and make a wool blouse of my own. 🙂

  3. Marie says:

    The red top looks great, and thanks for the tutorial, it looks pretty transparent and I’ll definitely use the technique!
    I quoted you as a blog to check out on my blog!

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  5. Coryn says:

    I know some basic pattern manipulation but i’m always indecisive one where to cut and slash. Thank you for making it a no brainer for me. I’m off to buy the scout t pattern.

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  7. Marissa says:

    Hi Jen,
    I just bought the scout pattern and I am super excited to to get sewing. I did have a couple questions about the full back modifications. For step 2, (drawing the red line across the shoulders) how far down from the top of the pattern should that line be? Also, could I slash and spread the the front of the pattern as well for extra swing? or would that look strange? I am very much a beginner at sewing, so please forgive me if these questions have been asked and answered. Thanks!

  8. lsaspacey says:

    I’m attempting this top today so this question is really for the next time, but same as Marissa, exactly how far down should that horizontal line go? Perhaps you can add that to the tutorial? Thanks! BTW, I have a great Moss muslin, just haven’t had the motivation to make up the final skirt.

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  14. Linda Grande says:

    I need your help with my full back knit tee. Your photo doesn’t show the new center back piece and I’m not sure whether you take the new CB line from the bottom all the way to the neckline or do you stop at the horizontal line that you made across the back?
    I few more full size photos of your pattern pieces would help a lot for those of us who are new at this.

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