Sew a Boat Neck, Loose Fit Knit Top ✄✄


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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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 will 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

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


Appropriate for

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


Thread Den

Vendor since 2013

Have you played with the idea of learning to sew? Do you day dream about making your own clothes? 

At Thread Den it's just like a friend (a super nice clever one) teaching you and a few friends to sew. There is no need to clear off a space and find somewhere to work at home. When you come in; take advantage of having all the equipment on hand, lovely big cutting tables, smooth running Janomes with plenty of feet accessories, inspiring resources, and friendly people to chat to. Everything is right here. Students simply need to bring along their fabric, matching thread and notions like buttons, zips, etc.  Your teachers have years of experience, their own labels and businesses, and the desire to share their skills and craftsmanship with you.

Thread Den is located at Level 1, 329 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Start at the very beginning, take your skills to the next level, or find your own unique style.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

On occasion, Thread Den is forced to cancel a class due to low booking numbers. We really don't like to do this as we love to teach people to sew, knit and crochet, but if we don't cover our costs we can't run the class. In instances where Thread Den must cancel a class, enrolled participants will be notified 24 hours or more prior to the scheduled class and will receive a credit for a replacement class or a refund as required.

There are no refunds due to change of mind.

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Cancellations of Bookings Policy

  • If you provide notice seven or more days prior to the start of your course, you will need to pay an administration fee of $10.
  • Cancellations or changes made with less than seven days notice before the start of a course, will forfeit 50% of the paid class fee.
  • Cancellations or changes made less than 48 hours prior to class commencement will forfeit the full course fee paid.

If you miss the second or subsequent sessions of course, you cannot be reimbursed for that session. You are encouraged to come in and use the Sewing Lounge during hours so you hopefully still finish your project.

Transfers of your course or workshop booking to a friend or family are fine.

Payment Policy:

Classes at Thread Den frequently become fully booked, so we require full payment to be made at the time of booking to secure your place. 

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