This top is a result of chance: I wasn’t thinking, “I need to sew a turtleneck,” but when I happened upon this chartreuse rayon-wool knit at Fabricland, A) I had to buy it because it was chartreuse; and B) a turtleneck is what it demanded to become.
I used the Paola Turtleneck Tee pattern from Named Clothing (although I actually purchased the PDF from the Oliver + S shop here). Chartreuse really isn’t my best colour but it’s one of my FAVOURITE colours, so I’m defiantly* wearing it around my face and everyone, including me, will just have to suck it up, lol.
The fabric is very lightweight. Like, NO chance I’ll be wearing a bra without some serious molded foam between my nipples and the rest of the world! But despite how lightweight it is, it really is nice and warm! Wool is like that, y’all. Miracle fibre.
But because it’s so lightweight, the original turtleneck was way too slouchy — as you can see in the photo below, it was puddling around my neck rather than hugging it.
So I ripped it out, cut a second neckband and doubled them up together, and cut away about 1.5 inches from the circumference of the turtleneck. This made it narrower and gave it enough body to be able to stand up the way I like it around my neck.
I don’t know about this outfit. I’m not feeling the pants, y’know?
The Paola pattern is designed to have a fairly short hem — I added about 2 inches to the length and I’m very glad I did.
Here’s a bit of a roundup of turtleneck patterns in case you’re feeling the cold yourself. Click on any photo to go check out the pattern.
But stop the presses! Here is a super-versatile pattern from Victory Patterns: the Frances pattern which includes options for a crop-top, a hip-length top, AND a dress, with a lot of great neckline options including a turtleneck. Alas, this holy-grail-pattern was released just days after I had made my Paola, otherwise I would have been ALL OVER this. Actually, I think I will probably still be all over this sometime soon. Who can resist a pattern with so many built-in options?
Of course, you can always whip up a turtleneck based on any crew-neck T-shirt pattern you might already have in your stash. There are plenty of tutorials out there for doing this, but here’s one by Rachel from Maker Style that you might enjoy.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
*Yes, I definitely meant to use this particular word. Definitely. If I had a nickel for every time one of my students claimed in a paper that something was “defiantly” doing/being something, I’d be able to buy each of you a nice Christmas present. Alas, as there is no monetary compensation for suffering the debilitating effects of Repetitive Auto Corrected Defiantly Syndrome, you will have to settle for a simple, heartfelt wish for all the best of the holiday season to you from me!