Outer Banks Boatneck top / WWD

The temperature here south of Boston dropped to almost Fall temps this week, so I pulled out my favorite boatneck long sleeve tee because…well, it just felt like the day to wear it! I sewed this top up about two years ago but it remains in heavy rotation in my closet. Since it’s been a while since I made it, I’ll keep this post short. This is the Outer Banks Boatneck tee from Winter Wear Designs (WWD).

First, I have to point out my cute fabric pairing here, as it’s not overly obvious – I used a scrap of cotton lycra lobster print with a main body fabric of – seaweed print! Ha ha! I love it.

Check out that lobster print up close – don’t ya just love it??

This pattern comes with a lot of options for the top – short, 3/4, full and Bishop sleeves, and a choice of necklines – bound, a facing, or simple turn and fold. I did the contrasting facing and achieved this look by following the instructions to attach the outer facing. As with all WWD patterns, the instructions are impeccable.

For this top, I did a muslin first (not this version) and I had some significant gaping at the neckline. This is a common fit issue for me, but Suzanne includes instructions on how to adjust. I retraced my pattern and did the correction for this second version, and the fit was great. I made this top before I had a projector for sewing, so if I had made this top these days, this means I would have to keep a paper pattern piece around for this pattern. Not a big deal – just for us projector sewists to keep in mind.

Other than adjusting the neckline, I sewed a straight medium and this fit is great. Now that Fall is here, I think it’s time for me to sew up another! And since I have my adjusted pattern piece now, it will be a piece of cake.

Do you have to adjust the fit of boatnecks as I do? Or do you just avoid them if they don’t fit? I love the look so it was worth the little bit of extra time to make it work!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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