Tuesday, May 24, 2011

V1049 (OOP) | The Hunt for the Perfect Boatneck is Over!

I am OBSESSED with boatneck tops! It's such a classic style, and I've been seeing many boatnecks coming up for fall, especially in Oscar de la Renta's collection. So of course, I had to make my own.

Hello, new wardrobe staple!
Pattern Description: Boatneck top with asymetrical hem option.

Pattern Sizing: All

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Ridiculously easy. This would be a great beginner sewing project with knits.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It came together very quickly. I also like that Sandra's pattern has a cut-on facing. (more on this below) I also REALLY like that the top covers my bra straps. Other boatnecks I've tried had necklines that were SO wide, those darn straps always showed. (argh.) I think in future iterations, I'll take off .5" from the CB to avoid the neck gape.

Fabric Used: Polyester knit with spandex from JoAnn.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't like how there are bust darts on both the facing and the top itself. Lining them up was a pain, and if you don't do it exactly right, it shows. I ran a basting stitch where the dart in the lining would go and gathered the material instead. It made for a better finish and doesn't look weird on the outside.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I've already sewed it up twice since shooting this and think it'll be a wardrobe staple come fall. It's so versatile for my wardrobe!

Conclusion: I love this top. This pattern is OOP, but I highly recommend it! Get your paws on it if you love a fabulously drafted boatneck top!

Top Left: Leopard print cardi (thrifted) and trousers.  
Top Right: Cute summer skirt (me-made) and jean jacket.
Bottom Left: With houndstooth skirt (me-made) and jacket.  
Bottom Right: Safari jacket, jeans and new kicky red vinyl shoes (thrifted).


  1. I agree, boatnecks are flattering and easy to wear. Yours is lovely!

  2. I live in these types of tops on the weekends, so I may have to snag this. Nice job on it - looks super comfy, too.

  3. It looks gorgeous, and agreed about boatnecks being flattering and lovely. That is a fantastic idea, about gathering the lining in lieu of sewing in the dart. Thank you for the great tip!