Sew a Boat Neck, Loose Fit Knit Top ✄✄

What to Bring

  • Polyester sewing machine thread
  • 1metre of clear elastic or cotton twill tape
  • 2metres of knit fabric with at least 30% stretch
  • .5metre of contrasting knit fabric or ribbing for cuffs, neckline and waistband

What to Wear

  • Casual

Appropriate For

  • ✄✄ Students who have completed Sewing Basics Weeks 1-3 and are confident enough to try new techniques

Sew a Boat Neck, Loose Fit Knit Top ✄✄

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • 3.5 hours in total.
  • Scheduled on Tuesday 7th February from 6-9:30pm

What You Will Learn

  • Working with rib and clear elastic
  • Measurements, choosing the right size when working with knit, pattern markings and pattern placement
  • To use overlocker and sewing machine stretch stitches, needles and equipment selection

What You Get

  • A super versatile and comfy oversized top to pair with just about anything
  • Instructions to make the batwing top
  • A copy of the pattern


Pattern Design: An oversized top featuring dolman (also called batwing) sleeves - perfect when teamed up with a black singlet and black leggings.  It's ideal for those days when Melbourne's weather just doesn't know what it wants to do.  Our pattern features a wide boatneck that we will stabilize with clear elastic.  During construction you'll get to stitch the simple seams with the overlocker, use machine stitches to put on the sleeve cuffs and necklines, as well as cover a few tips about working with knit/stretch fabrics. 

Photographed Sample: On talent - made in a jersey knit with self fabric matching sleeve cuffs and waist band. On the dress form - made in a two way knit featuring stripes.  The waistband is a detailed elastic sourced from Jimmy Buttons.  The cuffs on this version have been made from a blank medium weight ponte. 

Styling Ideas & Notes On Supplies:  Given the loose fit of this top, a one way or two way stretch knits will both work well.  You could use contrasting knit rib on the sleeve cuffs and waistband. Alternatively - "ponte" is an excellent choice for the sleeve cuffs, waistband, or even the entire top.  Ponte is a stable, medium weight knit.  This pattern does not include a lining, take this into consideration when choosing your fabrics and avoid scratchy/itchy and see through material. For directional prints, large prints and fabrics with nap you should purchase extra fabric.  To stabilize the neckline you can choose to use clear elastic or cotton twill tape as we require no stretch-ability on this wide neck.

For best results - pre-wash your fabric to reduce shrinkage.

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