This is the turtleneck top pattern. It will make one of the most simple, but versatile pieces in your wardrobe.
Dressing in layers is the key to staying comfortable in the winter months and as a bonus, helps you save some money on heating. Placing your thermostat to 17C (62F) to 18C (64F) degrees and throwing on a few more blankets or a lovely rag quilt will be a great help to your pocket, and if money is not an issue then think of the environment. Taking these small steps does more for the environment than virtue signaling in some social media account as it is the trend these days.
This turtleneck top pattern is great for layering, as well as a standalone piece. It's one of the easiest patterns to sew for how useful it is!
This is a long sleeve lightly fitted top with a 9″ rolled neck to keep you from the cold that eliminates the need for a scarf.
Matched below with a super cool jacket, but will also look great under a cardigan.
- 2-3 yards rib-knit or any two-way stretch knit with 30 to 50% stretch
- thread to match
- sewing machine
- pins or fabric weights
- coverstitch (optional)
- rotary cutter (optional)
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Sewing Skill: Confident Beginner
This project is for stretch knits only and has only six stitching lines, making it perfect for beginners.
Please read the following tutorials before starting the project if you are a complete beginner.
I am using a coverstitch to make the hems, but if you do not have one you can use a twin needle to finish the hems. Here is the very best tutorial on using a twin needle on knit fabrics.
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Turtleneck Top Pattern Layout
How To Make Your Turtleneck Top
There is no seam allowance included with the pattern. I recommend a 3/8″ seam allowance.
This top is like any other so we start sewing at the shoulders.
Step One: Sewing The Bodice
Rights side together pin the shoulders and the sides.
Sew the shoulders.
Sew the sides.
Step Two: Sewing The Sleeves
If you are using a coverstitch, sew the hem first. Then fold the sleeve in half and,
Pint the sleeves right sides together.
Stitch the arms from the wrist to the armhole
Turn the sleeve right side out.
Feed the sleeve inside the top.
Align the sleeve stitching line with the sides seams
and sew the sleeve in.
Step Three: Cutting and Sewing The Collar
Cut the fabric on the stretchiest side of the fabric, normally this is on the horizontal (width).
Sew the rectangle on the small size to make a band. A rectangle is compose of two sides of the same length and two sides of the same width.
With the exception of the small size (18 X 18), every other side is a rectangle.
Turn the band right side out and fold the band in half making the collar.
Working with the top wrong side out, feed the collar inside the neckline, raw edges of both top and collar together.
Pin the collar matching the stitching line with the center back of the top and continue pinning all around the neckline. Sew.
Step Four: Hemming The Top
I am using a Coverstitch so I am turning the hem in 1″, then sewing on the right side of the top leaving 3 stitching lines. This is the final step.
I will be using this turtleneck top pattern to make a few Christmas gifts because this top is both a key element in anyone's wardrobe and an easy project to make when you don't have much time to sew.
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