Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It
Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite holidays so this time of year gets me feeling excited. We keep things pretty casual though, and don’t attend many holiday parties so when I thought about a holiday outfit I went for something comfortable, cute, and just right for casual gatherings. I have wanted to recreate this adorable Modcloth boat neck pullover for awhile now, and the Deck the Closet blog tour gave me the right opportunity to just jump in and do it.
Deck the Closet blog tour from Winter Wear Designs
To recreate the Modcloth boat neck pullover I started with the Outer Banks Boat Neck Tee from Winter Wear Designs because it had the perfect neckline and a facing for the finish that was very similar to the look I was going for. In order to hack it I needed to do the following:
  • 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.

Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It

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.

Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It

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.

Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It

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.

Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It

Want to try it for yourself? From November 19-26 you can get it on sale! Here are the details:

  • Save 35% off single patterns and pattern bundles Site Wide* (*excludes WW Wardrobe Builders) by using code: THANKYOU2018
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Did you enjoy this little Modcloth Boat Neck pullover hack? You’re in luck because there’s plenty more Winter Wear Designs inspiration over the next few days–check them out below!
Modcloth Boat Neck pullover Hack by Mabey She Made It
Get inspired to deck your own closet with all these inspirational posts from the other bloggers on the tour:
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Livia of Liviality
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Meriel of Elli and Nels
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
11/22
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Alyssa Wesselmann
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Oh I love it! Elbow-length ruffled sleeves are one of my favorite things ever! And the outer banks boat neck is a particular favorite of mine – its elegant as-is, but there’s so much hacking potential!

Meriel Aho
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That’s adorable, Lisa! What a great hack!

Diane Cullum
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I love it! Turned out so cute!

Eleni
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Eleni

Great shirt and styling. I did not manage to find the link for the tulip hem tutorial, though.