Wardrobe sew along: turtleneck progress

I’m finishing up my jeans slowly, but since I’m still waiting on one more piece of hardware, I’m moving ahead with the sew along.

I’m on to a turtleneck.  I made the famous Burdastyle 9-2010-121 when I was pregnant with Sam, but for obvious reasons, I had to retrace everything.  Since my Ottobre experiment with shoulder sizing, I graded down the neck and shoulders to a 32 from a 36 (boo) and the side seams to a 34 (not a big deal).  I wish Burda would do as Otto and offer everything in 34s to start with.  Ah, but we can dream.  Until then, I think I did an okay job of grading from my muslin.

Since there’s not much to this pattern and literally can be made up in about 30 minutes from cutting to wearing, I’m thinking I might try my hand at some decorative serging.  There was a good article in a Vogue Patterns magazine I picked up at the library about flatlocking which I’ve always wanted to try.  It turns out I didn’t have enough gray jersey to make this work, but I do have a pretty heathered oatmeal (with bits of yellow and gray) rayon jersey that I picked up at the Sew Expo this past weekend.

I do love the simplicity of this pattern, but I’m also very attached to this turtle tie neck sweater I have.

Since I started sewing, copying this neckline has been high on my list.  A cursory glance at Polyvore didn’t reveal much variation in turtlenecks…some are more funnel-shaped (much nicer I think since it follows the neck) and others are more tube like (not very flattering as far as I’m concerned), but nothing super detailed or interesting.  I did find this Rick Owens biker jacket with ruched turtleneck with the zipper running all the way up asymmetrically on the neck.  So cute, and a detail easily copied.

Rick Owens - Biker leather jacket

Readers, have you found any interesting turtleneck variations?


2 thoughts on “Wardrobe sew along: turtleneck progress

  1. turtlenecks??!! gotta keep putting the rest of us to shame 😉 You are looking skinny, girl…but in a good way!! Have a great weekend…it is rainy today and our first Mardi Gras parade is tomorrow night!! Hope it clears up!! xo

  2. Loathe grading and wish everything started at 32 as well. I don’t know if it counts as a turtleneck but I am partial to the cowl collar that is just a tube of fabric applied to the neck. Drapery and not at all turtles.

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