Intro: Make a New Top Out of a Boat Neck Tee!
I for one love a boat neck tee, but sometimes the boxy shape just doesn't look good on me! In this EASY Instuctable I will show you how to add a fabric bottom to your boat neck tee so you will end up with a really cute top that fits just right!
Step 1: What You Will Need
A boat neck tee
Fabric for the bottom (appox. 3/4 yard )
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces..
Start by laying your tee flat with the front facing you. With a ruler measure 1" down under the armhole on either side of the top. You can use a marking pencil to draw a straight line across the body or just use the straight edge of a ruler as a guide to cut both layers of the top off. Now take the top half and fold it in half and notch the center front and center back of the body at the fold and then set it aside. The bottom half will serve as your pattern guide in a minute. Now take the fabric you have chosen and fold it selvage to selvage and then fold it again fold to selvage so you have 4 layers of fabric. Take the folded bottom half of the tee and place it 2 1/2" (more if you need it to fit around your girls) from the fold. Decide how long you would like your top to be and add that length from the bottom of your "pattern" piece. (Remember too long is better than too short!) Now start cutting it out and don't forget to add seam allowance to the top and sides. When you are done be sure to notch the center front and center back at the top fold!
Step 3: Sewing & Pinning & Sewing & Pressing ...
Time to start sewing! First stitch up the side seams of the bottom of your top. Then pin the top to the bottom matching the side seams and center front and center back notches. The knit top will be smaller than the bottom so you will need the gently stretch the knit top to match up with the bottom piece. To start stitching this start with the knit piece facing you on the machine with the needle in the down position. Now gently stretch while sewing both pieces together. You are soooo close! Now hem up the bottom and press this baby flat! I recommend pressing the top seam down towards the hem. Tends to make the top lie flatter...
Step 4: Lookie What You Made!
Turn your new top right side put and salute yourself, you are done!