As I was recently going through a Fall / Winter fashion magazine, I was shocked to see turtlenecks back in style. Of course when it comes to style, I truly believe that whatever YOU are comfortable in is your personal style and what you should be wearing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t let trends influence us in ways that work for us. As for me….turtlenecks have ALWAYS been in style. Ha! I just love these comfy shirts or sweaters in the cold weather, there is something so cozy about them (as long as the neck isn’t too tight).
Turtlenecks make me think of all things Winter – warm, crackling fireplaces and hot cocoa, reading a good book while underneath a fuzzy blanket, and cuddling up to your favorite Netflix marathon after the kids go to sleep.
After doing a bit of research, looking at the turtlenecks in my closet – I realized these shirts aren’t as difficult as they seem.
How to sew a turtleneck or cowl neck || to any basic shirt pattern.
Please note – the turtleneck in my photos is very loose, a mix between a turtleneck and a cowl neck really. In my DIY below, I explain how to get a looser or fitted neckline.
How to turn a regular shirt pattern into a turtleneck
Skill Level: Beginner, comfortable working with knits
Time Needed: 1 – 2 hours
- Basic shirt pattern
- Knit fabric
- Rib knit fabric (for tighter fitting turtlenecks)
- Measuring tape
- Basic sewing essentials
Determine how fitted you would like your turtleneck to be. For a more classic fitted neckline, use rib knit fabric and measure around your actual NECK and add 2” for ease and seam allowance.
For a more cowl neck, draped turtleneck, measure around the shirt pattern neckline, and add 1” for seam allowance.
Step Two: Cut out turtleneck pattern, using your measurement from Step One X double the length of your neck. Make sure the stretch is going from left to right when you are cutting.
Step Three: Fold turtleneck in half, right sides together, pin and sew back seam.
Step Four: Fold turtleneck in half again, this time matching up the bottom raw edges and enclosing the back seam.
Step Five: Line up the turtleneck back seam with the center back neckline of your shirt. Pin around, pinning the raw edges together. If you are sewing a more fitted neckline, then you will need to stretch out the rib knit as you pin / sew to match the shirt’s neckline.
Step Six: Sew using a serger, zigzag, or stretch stitch. Press seam down and edge stitch with a long straight stitch to secure seam in place.
And you are finished!
Stay warm this Winter in style.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…