I have this thrifted shirt that is my absolute favorite shirt I own. It’s a size XL boatneck shirt that I fell in love with because of the colors, and have continued to love because of it’s super slouchiness. I looked at Melissa’s shoreline boatneck shirt pattern and thought I could recreate that favorite shirt (which now has a couple holes from wearing it so much)!
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 ens 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!