|Overview: I was looking for a quick, cute, instant gratification project to try out my new-to-me serger and selected this pattern because I figured that I could download it, print it, and complete the shirt in a few hours. I was not wrong. In addition to ranking this pattern as "Highly recommend", I'd also rank it as a "Great Wardrobe Builder" and "Easy and Great for Beginners" (there are no fussy bindings to mess with--something that can sometimes make knits difficult for beginners).|
Apologies for the photos that don't give a clear picture of the shirt:
A) It's difficult to capture an always-in-motion toddler clearly.
B) DH usually dresses DD in the morning and has decided that he likes to pair this shirt with her Osh Kosh overalls and has dressed her in this outfit every time she's worn the shirt. I will update the photos when I can get a clearer picture of the shirt that isn't obscured by overalls.
From the Blank Slate web site:
"The Beachy Boatneck, is the perfect project for your first time working with knits. The faced neckline means that you don’t have to fuss with ribbing, and the construction couldn’t be easier.
The Beachy Boatnecks features:
3/4 or short sleeves
slightly curved hemline
8 pages of instructions with full color photos
9 pages of pattern pieces that print on 8.5 x 11″
or A4 paper"
I sewed a size 2T for my long, slender 15-month-old daughter. She usually wears an 18M in RTW, but I wanted to her to be able to wear this shirt for at least a few months, so I sized up. The 2T fit is comparable, maybe slightly roomy, to other 2T tops that she has.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Note that I sewed the 3/4 sleeves, and they are a bit long, but I did size up and wanted a long-sleeved t-shirt for my daughter as the weather gets colder.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I am guilty of only glancing at them because this was such an easy top, but they looked like they were well-written and appropriate for knit beginners. Order of construction was appropriate, as well. The only thing I noticed missing was a step to understitch the facing around the neckline. The facing is incorporated into the armscye, and I like to baste this type of facing before setting my sleeves, as well, so that I'm only dealing with one piece at a time. Given that the shirt is geared towards stripe designs, a matching notch or line could be helpful for beginners, but is absent from the pattern pieces.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: It's a cute, current style that's child/toddler appropriate. The pattern is well-drafted and goes together VERY quickly. (It only took a couple of hours to download, print, tape, cut & cut fabric, and sew.) I liked Melly's method of showing using labeled circles to help line up the PDF printout to tape together. FWIW, I think that PDF patterns are GREAT for small projects like this.
Dislikes: None, outside of the couple of very minor instruction nitpicks that I had. And those aren't "dislikes" so much as things that I wanted to note for others.
Leftover striped, beefy cotton-lycra jersey from my Cake Tiramisu dress. Fabric was originally purchased from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I plan to sew this again. In my next version, I'm planning to do the facing in a contrasting fabric and flip it to the outside to create more of a yoke-effect. For a simple pattern, there are a few design options that you can play with for this pattern.
I would definitely recommend it to others. This pattern is appropriate for knit newbies.
Great introduction to Blank Slate patterns. My daughter is more of a rough-and-tumble toddler, and some of the frillier "girl" patterns out there don't seem to really fit her personality. Blank Slate's unisex styling seems more of a match to her personality and play-style. I plan to try more of Melly's patterns in the future.