One of the things I love about the Shoreline Boatneck is that it works with both knits and wovens – and as evidenced by Teresa in today’s post, I now need a slouchy sweater knit version…
Hey all, it's Teresa here from Dandelion Drift. Do you ever get into a style obsession? I have been on a slouchy tee kick lately. It all started with a thrifted shirt that I loved the colors of, but it was a size XL. I purchased it anyway and it has been one of my most worn pieces of clothing! So worn that it is now getting a hole in it!
Well, I was ready to try my hand at sewing something similar to my loved thrifted shirt, and Melissa's Shoreline Boatneck pattern had all the same lines. I grabbed a yard of sweater knit fabric from Michael Levine Fabrics and set to work.
I decided to size up this pattern so that I could get just the right amount of slouchiness. My measurements put me into a size small, but I cut out the size medium. I cut the pattern exactly as instructed, except the sleeves and the facings. I was running out of fabric for the sleeves (Melissa calls for more yardage than I had on hand), so I cut the sleeves an inch shorter than the 3/4 sleeve length. I then cut cuffs to add to the ends of my sleeves, which ended up perfect so I could wear them scrunched!
This shirt was entirely sewn on my serger, except for the neckband and the hem finish. Those were done with my double needle. I knew my loose sweater knit fabric wouldn't hold the shape of the neck facing pattern pieces Melissa includes in the pattern. Instead, I finished my neckline as described here, by Rachael, with a strip of Anna Maria Horner knit. I love the little peek of flowers this shirt has on the inside while it is hanging up!
I asked my husband, Josh, to snap a few pictures of me the other night, and a couple hours later he said "I didn't even put it together, you must have made something you are wearing, but it all looks store bought!" Woot....sweet compliment from a sweet man! This slouchy sweater knit boatneck is quickly becoming a new favorite!