This Boat Neck Tee has been a solid wardrobe favourite for me since the mid-1990’s. It’s a classic cut that works well in plains and prints but my all-time favourite is to mix prints with plains for a quirky tee.
This tee-shirt was cut using my Womens Knit Block
and performs best when cut in a two-way stretch (four-way stretch US) knit fabric. If you’re cutting with a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit fabric I suggest you go up one size for a comfortable fit.
My PDF block and pattern downloads can be printed as A0 or 36” plotter print at your local print shop or as A4/letter at home. Please be sure when you go to the print shop or print at home that you select for printing at ‘actual size’ with ‘no scaling’, or at 100%. This will make sure your pattern is printed at the correct size.
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The Boat Neck Tee-shirt has a slim fit with a three-quarter sleeve and boat neckline. There is a neck bind pattern piece included in the pattern that can be sewn as an inside or outside bind depending on the final look you’d like for your tee-shirt.
The three-quarter sleeve can be easily altered to a short sleeve for the summer season and a full length sleeve for the winter season. There is a blog post to describe how I would make these changes. Sleeve Pattern Alterations – Boat Neck Tee
The back length for this tee is a between 58-60cm and sits just above the hip line. You’ll notice the front pattern has a slight drop toward the centre front to allow for bust rise. This means when you wear the tee-shirt it will appear level at the front hemline.
Where do I start:
The first order of business is to select your closest size and begin the process of fitting this skirt to your own measurements. The range of sizes on offer relates to my size chart
. Cut your closest size in a similar fabric for first fittings and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you will be ready to cut in your final fabric. I always recommend making a sample or toile garment in calico before cutting your precious and final fabric. The bust measurement on the pattern has 5 cm negative ease compared to the size chart. This is usual for stretch patterns. If you’d prefer a looser fit in your tee-shirt, then using a pattern that is one size up from your body measurements should give you a more relaxed fit.
Take a little time to select the knit fabric you use for cutting your first sample. I strongly recommend that you use a two-way stretch (four-way stretch US) knit fabric to get the best fit out of this pattern. If you’re planning on using a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit then I’d like to suggest you go up one size to achieve a comfortable fit.
If you’re planning on cutting my favourite style of tee and intend to combine a print with a plain, then do your best to make sure both fabrics have the same behaviour so they work well together. And one of my favourite outfit combinations with this tee-shirt is my Drape Tube Skirt
or the Morticia Skirt
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