Yesterday I sewed together the Shoreline Boatneck pattern by Blank Slate Patterns. It was a quick sew, and I added my own special touches ; an anchor freezer paper stencil, and some tab closures on the sleeves to create a fun, nautical look.
The Shoreline Boatneck is a simple T shirt pattern that has some special details like a slightly curved hem, an interfaced neck facing to give some body to the bateau neckline, and the option of short, three quarter, or full length sleeves. I chose the three quarter sleeve version and sewed up the size small based on my measurements.
Contruction: The pattern explains how to sew sleeves in the flat, instead of the method of set in sleeves which I’m used to doing. But sewing sleeves in the flat makes serging the pattern together go a lot smoothly. I used my serger and found it to be simple and fast. It also has a slightly curved hem which is turned up and hemmed. The neckline has an interfaced separate facing, a unique touch for knit patterns. It gives the neckline body to accentuate the bateau style, although it adds a little more time to sew than a typical ribbed binding.
Fit: The pattern was very loose on me in the size small. I shaved about 4 inches off the hip and waist and about an inch off every where else. I also have narrow shoulders and usually have to take width off the shoulders on all patterns. I took about an inch off here.
I usually make a muslin but this pattern was simple to adjust. You should see the changes some of the dresses I have made have gone through! Yes, make a muslin when you make a dress. You won’t be sorry. I’m also busty but more narrow in the hips, and many pattern are sort of the opposite, so I usually have to make lots of changes to patterns before I get the perfect fit.
The pattern is well written and I’m looking forward to making some more versions, since I just bought some new knits downtown this week when I went shopping with Jessica. The sewing took only about 45 minutes.
I copied an anchor on the internet and printed it out. I traced it to freezer paper, cut out the anchor, then ironed down the freezer paper. I used acrylic paint to paint the stencil with. I made some rather crooked tab closures and added old vintage anchor buttons as a detail. Yes, these are a little wonky!
Can’t you tell?
Photography by Lily my daughter
Top: Blank Slate Shoreline Boatneck Pattern sewn by me
Pants: From Corte Ingles department store in Barcelona
Shoes: J Crew