Hey there! Still catching up on sharing things I made last year, and I definitely tried to focus a little more on staple wardrobe sewing last year…you know, sewing things that get worn often! In fact, I have a few t shirts cut out right now waiting to be sewn together! I went shopping for t shirts the other weekend and walked away almost empty handed. (I did buy a Florida Gator shirt, my alma mater!) But I was surprised at how picky I have become. After sewing myself most of my clothes the past few years, I was critical of everything I tried on in the store and was unwilling to fork over my money for something I didn’t love!
You probably want to hear more about my shirt and less about my unsuccessful shopping trip, huh! This is Melissa’s Shoreline Boatneck pattern. The last time I sewed the shoreline boatneck, I sized up, looking for a super drapey, oversized sweater to wear! This time I went with a size small, sewing up the pattern in the size my measurements put me in. I love that the same pattern can yield completely different looks with different sizes sewn, and using different material.
I sewed this boatneck with some leftover jersey fabric from a cardigan I made last year. I love the speckled gray of this fabric, and this knit is a great weight for a t shirt.
Usually when I’m sewing clothes, I try my hardest to avoid a handmade look. I try to make things look as store bought as possible. But, it’s also nice to add little details (ones you wouldn’t normally find off the rack). I decided to add a little leather tab on my cuffed sleeves. It was very easy to do, and I love the little extra detail. (Also, this small piece of leather washes just fine…I tested it out in a few washes to make sure.)
Here are the pattern modifications I made to the sleeve:
- lengthened the short sleeve length by 3 inches.
- rolled the sleeves twice to create a cuff, sewing down the cuff on the underarm seam.
- used a 1 inch by 3 inch piece of leather to make a tab (the raw ends of the tab are tucked under the cuff and under the sleeve)
- stitched the leather tab down using 1/4 inch seams
Some other small changes I made to the pattern were leaving the bottom hem un-hemmed. I also finished the neckline with one of my favorite neckline finishing techniques (found here).