Happy Thursday everyone! Hmmm… Feels kind of strange posting on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Oh well, I have to roll with it these days. I’ve wanted to make myself some turtlenecks for quite a while so I’m feeling pretty happy about this one. The timing is perfect too, because we finally have cold and windy weather. I love turtlenecks in the winter and I used to have them in lots of neutral colors. This year I had three left from my ready-to-wear items and that dwindled down to two recently. I purchased several colors of sweater knit and this red may be very familiar to you. I picked it up from the Michael Levine Loft in Downtown, Los Angeles a couple of years ago and have used it to create two other garments HERE and HERE. I’d say I definitely got my money’s worth from this amazing fabric. Unfortunately, I have not seen it in the store nor on the website since I purchased it. One of the associates at the store informed me a while ago, that this particular fabric has been discontinued. What a shame because it’s absolutely gorgeous. I purchased it in gold, wine, and green from the main store when I found out it would no longer be available. I had turtlenecks heavy on my mind at the time. I’m on the hunt for a nice sweater knit for more turtlenecks because I’d like to have black, white, cream, charcoal, hot pink, and orange.
I decided to use Burda Style 6990 because I had already used it to make a dress HERE, by lengthening the pattern. I loved the fit of the dress, so this pattern was an obvious choice for the turtleneck. This pattern is super easy to sew and I rate it EASY and beginner friendly. The only thing I did differently in the construction was installing the sleeves using a flat lay method instead of the inset method described in the instructions. For my beginners, that means I did the following: 1) I sewed the front and back bodice together at the shoulders, leaving the side seam below the armhole open. 2) With the sleeve flat, I sewed it to the armhole. 3) Finally, I sewed the bodice sides and sleeve closed in one continuous seam. This method is a lot easier than the inset method, especially when using knits.
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Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve ever sewn a complete garment using a serger. I usually sew with the sewing machine and finish seams with the serger. I wanted to practice using my Baby Lock Evolution and I’m so glad I did because it really cut down the time I spent making the turtleneck. I think I may be a new fan of serger sewing. Hahaha!!! The only reservation I have in sewing with sergers is having to remove all those stitches when making mistakes. That’s what has kept me from jumping in sooner. No serger? No problem! This can be sewn with a regular sewing machine, using a zig-zag or stretch stitch.
For the hems, I used the cover stitch feature on my Evolution. This is also the first time I’ve used a cover stitch and I’m really impressed. It eliminated the stretchy, wavy hem without me having to perform any extra steps beforehand. I’ll be practicing more with this feature so that I can perfect it’s use and get the most benefit from it.
- View = D
- Size Cut = 8
- Fabric = Sweater Knit HERE & HERE
- Yardage = 1 3/4 yards (58″ wide)
- Thread = All Purpose
- No. of Pieces = 4
- Sizing = Accurate
- Rating = EASY – Beginner Friendly
- Skills = Topstitching
- Needles Used = Stretch
- Seam Finish = Serged
My husband completed his radiation and first round of chemotherapy last week. He will have another MRI in about three weeks. He is resting and I’m busy attending to his needs, while trying to take care of myself. I have lots of friends who are seeing to it that I get away to refresh and take care of me. I’m so grateful to God for the amazing people He has placed in my life. I’m also grateful for all the prayer warriors He has commissioned on CEMO”s behalf. God is so GOOD!
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