- Narrow the neck just a smidge for personal preference–next time I think I’d also lower the front neckline about an inch.
- Create a tulip-shaped back (see below for more information and a link to a tutorial)
- Cut the sleeve off just above my elbow and add a 5″ wide ruffle. I measured the bottom of the sleeve and made the ruffle 1.5 times as long for gathering–next time I might go for 2 times the length.
I also needed to grade a few sizes because my shoulders are a bit wider and I’m pretty straight whereas Suzanne designs for a pear or hourglass shape so I used an 8 through the shoulders, 6 at the bust, and 4 for the waist and hips. (If this sounds intimidating, don’t worry–there’s great guidance and links in the pattern for getting a great fit regardless of your shape or size.)
In addition, I used the tutorial Suzanne did on her blog for a sweater hack, but the idea is the same–I just traced the back piece and taped it to my original piece and drew the curve I wanted. This gives a nice open back, but it would be just as easy to draw the curve lower if you didn’t want to show a tank or shirt beneath.
Since it’s cold weather here in Utah, I am happy adding layers. I may even make a slim-fit long sleeve tee to put underneath for added warmth. I used a mid-weight charcoal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it’s a perfect shirt-weight–warm and snuggly without being too bulky.
Finally, I added two ribbon bows in a fun green color to the back. I love the pop of color, but if you don’t black or charcoal would be lovely as well. I knew I could recreate the Modcloth boat neck pullover easily, but I didn’t realize how easy it would be with the Outer Banks Boat Neck pattern.
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