Blankslate Shoreline Boatneck with Ruffle Sleeves

Friday, October 6, 2017

If you caught my post last week over on Melly Sews, you know I have a new favorite women's pattern. The Blankslate Shoreline Boatneck isn't a new pattern, but it was new to me. After making the rayon challis version for the Melly Sews post, I knew it was time to play around with the pattern. Besides, ruffle sleeves are all the rage this fall!

 This time I switched to knit. The Shoreline Boatneck pattern is versatile enough to use either! The fabric is a cheap lycra blend from Walmart. It may not last, but I liked the idea of testing out a new look with another substrate that was affordable in case it was a bust. Now that my confidence is reassured, I'm ready to bring out the good stuff!

To create this ruffle sleeve, I lengthened the sleeve hem by 1/2". After measuring around the new sleeve opening, I cut a rectangle that was 1.75 times the measured length by 6" wide. Playing with the direction of the stripes adds some extra contrast. After sewing the short ends together, I hemmed one side of the ruffle, then gathered the other edge and attached it to the sleeve. 

I also switched the curved hem to a straight hem for this look. Stripes go will with straight hems in my book. Finally, I took a cue from Dandelion Drift and used this neckline finish

When I received a compliment on the fit from my husband, (Who also takes great photos!!) I knew this was a winning make! The other day, I spotted this reverse Juliet sleeve top, and it may just have to be my next take on the Shoreline Boatneck pattern. What do you think?
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