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Merry Christmas ! – DIY Turtleneck – Burda Style 6990

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.

Merry Christmas ! - DIY Turtleneck - Burda Style 6990

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.

Merry Christmas ! - DIY Turtleneck - Burda Style 6990

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.

Merry Christmas ! - DIY Turtleneck - Burda Style 6990

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.

Merry Christmas ! - DIY Turtleneck - Burda Style 6990

Project Details

  • 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 = SergedMerry Christmas ! - DIY Turtleneck - Burda Style 6990

CEMO Update

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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!


Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

This Post Has 63 Comments

  1. sue rogers

    Hi I live in Uk, Ive just purchased this pattern and looking at inspiration for versions and finishes; yours is expertly made by the looks of it and has given me much food for thought. I have suitable fabrics so just need the time and space. My pattern did not have a layout map or cutting out pics is this usual with Burda. Thanks in advance sue

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Sue. That’s unusual. The layout instructions are included with the sewing instructions.

  2. The Sewing CPA

    Very beautiful. The color looks great on you, it’s sad that they’ve discontinued this fabric. I pray that your husband will be healed. God is faithful, and I’m glad He’s provided you with a great support system.

  3. Cynthia

    Your turtleneck is gorgeous. I love the red color and the fit and construction are impeccable. I am really enjoying your learn to sew videos. Many thanks for creating and posting them. I continue to keep CEMO, you and your family in my prayers.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Cynthia! I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying the video tutorials. I can’t wait to get back to recording. Blessings to you my sister.

  4. Sandra Mays

    It absolutely looks like it came from Nordstroms or other high-end store

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey NOW! That’s what I’m talking about! Thanks Sandra!

  5. LaToria

    The turtle is gorgeous, it’s a great fit on you too. I’m glad you’re able to find some time to sew.

    I will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

  6. Joen

    Your top looks great! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  7. Gwen Styles

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Your sweater is perfect, as everything that you make. you all are in my prayers and God Bless you all!

  8. Myra

    Very pretty! I have been looking for a good fitting turtleneck and this looks like a great one! I would like to get this pattern too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Myra, this is a great one. Have fun sewing it up.

  9. Ramona

    I love the sweater, and the color compliments your skin tone. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. God Bless!

  10. Ursula

    This is a wonderful look for this season. The color is very complimentary. You look great and the shirt is sewn well. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Ursula

  11. Kelly

    Love the turtleneck. Just purchased my first serger and can’t wait to use it. A turtleneck would be an easy project to try. Glad that you are getting the help and self care that you need while taking care of your husband. My prayer are for him and you both.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Kelly! I’m so grateful to have some time to myself. It really does help me to refresh. I’m better for both of us when I can get away for a bit.

  12. Sandra

    Hi Anita,

    You look so festive in your beautiful, red turtleneck. Your sewing skills are superb, and it looks like you are mastering your photography skills as well. Thanks for giving us an update on CEMO. He’s in good hands with you taking good care of him, and God is healing him! Keep the faith and trust in the Lord. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Sandra! Yes, I will always keep faith and trust. Jesus is my everything. It feels great to be sewing again. Still playing around with the camera and watching YouTube videos to learn how to use the features and get sharp photos. There’s so much to learn, but I’m determined.

  13. Cynthia Willis

    You really scored a home run with this turtleneck! The color is so rich and looks great on you! Merry Christmas to you and yours, prayers continuing. Love you, sister.

  14. Sherry

    Hi Anita.

    Another garment that looks perfect. I just love your work and style. That red looks beautiful on you. I see designer in your future. You are an awesome seamstress.

    Continued prayers for Cemo. Much love and hugs to you and your family.

    Have a Merry Christmas.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awww, thanks so much Sherry! I love sewing so much.

  15. Nateida

    Absolutely beautiful! That fabric is gorgeous, I see why you want more. Prayers are continuing for CEMO, you and the family God is working!

  16. Lesa G

    Hi Anita! Great to see your smiling face. I love the turtleneck and never even thought about sewing one. I’m a beginner and I really appreciate you explaining the “flat lay method.” You explanation made total sense and seems a lot easier than the inset method.
    I’m so glad to hear CEMO progressing along in his treatment. I’m also glad to hear you are taking care of yourself. That’s VERY important. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
    All the best,
    Lesa G

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Lesa! I’m so glad to hear the “flat lay method” made sense to you. Give it a try. I really appreciate your prayers.

  17. Lynn wall

    Love the red, this is a must to try. Merry Christmas!,

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Lynn! Yes, you must try it.

  18. Neti

    Its Great to see you here looking Fabulous. Happy Holidays to you & CEMO.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Neti! Thanks sew sister!

  19. Ada Peters

    The red jumper looks very nice on you. You sparkle through the red colour and the lights of the christmastree. I’ll make the dress of the McCall’s 7531 pattern because it’s in my size and I can buy it in the Netherlands. Your blog gives my inspiration to learn how to sew. For my birthday I even got a new sewing machine a Brother CS70. Merry Christmas and a healthy new year for you and your loved ones.

    1. Anita Morris

      WooHoo! Congratulations on the new sewing machine. I’m glad to hear you find inspiration here. That really is my goal with the blog. Have fun sewing the dress. Blessings to you and yours too.

  20. Nina

    Amazing work Anita God has truly bless you to bless others like me! Thank you for share yourself with us. Please tell Cemo we are thanking and praying to God for his healing and renewed strength Daily!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Nina! I told him what you said and he says thank you.

  21. Faye Lewis

    Nice and Christmasey!

  22. Tracy Griffin

    That is absolutely gorgeous! I am a huge fan of finding a style I like and then having multiple colors available…it simplifies so much. Again, we are continuing to pray for you and Cecil. You are both such an inspiration. May the peace and joy of Christmas fill your home and hearts this year my friend.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Tracy! We receive and appreciate all the prayers. Simplicity is so for me right now.

  23. Florence

    It’s always wonderful seeing a post from you! Merry Christmas to you and your family and we pray Cemo has a happy birthday as well. God bless you all and we are continually keeping you all uplifted in prayer.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks so much Florence! CEMO is counting down the days until his birthday because he gets to have his birthday cake. Blessings to you and yours too.

  24. Linda L

    Hi Anita and Merry Christmas to you and your family. As always you make lovely clothes. I like the turtleneck with the awesome fabric. Tell Cemo all is still holding him up in prayer.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Linda! Thank you so much and I gave him your message. He said, thank you.

  25. Dara

    Anita SO nice to hear from you Always! You look Beautiful! GOD BLESS YOU and YOUR FAMILY with HIS LOVE!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Dara! God bless you too sew sister!

  26. Brenda

    You are so talented! I sew, but I don’t believe I could make this. Take care of yourself and blessings for you husband’s health. Merry Christmas.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Brenda! If you can sew, you can make this. Believe me, it’s really easy. Give it a try. Thanks for the blessings.

  27. Deirdre

    Beautiful! I need a few turtlenecks myself. Thanks for sharing and the update on your husband!

    Be Blessed!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Deirdre! Blessings to you!

  28. Christine

    Beautiful sweater. I’ll check out the pattern to see if it can be sewed with a sewing machine.

    I pray daily for CEMO and your family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Christine! Thanks so much for your daily prayers. The best gift anyone can give us. You can definitely sew this with a regular sewing machine. I’ve sewn all my garments with the sewing machine, including this turtleneck when I made it as a dress.

  29. Carmen

    Beautiful color, fabric, and garment. I may try a turtle neck dress. Thank you for the inspiration. Continued health blessings for your hubby. Merry Christmas.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thanks Carmen! Blessings to you and your family.

  30. B. Hicks

    The turtleneck is beautiful and I’m looking forward to making it too. Anita, your love for the Lord is so awe inspiring. When you spoke of your husbands progress last month, I was so touched by the passion you expressed for God that it has stayed with me even until this day. Congratulations on your relationship with Babylock and thank you for all you do for us. Sending prayers to you and your family.

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh thank you so much! May God always shine through. Have fun making your turtleneck and thank you so much for the prayers. I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas.

  31. jodie

    This turned out fabulous Anita!!
    Sending tons of love and prayers for you and your family!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Jodie! Thanks so much my beautiful, fierce sister. Thanks for the continued prayers.

  32. Angie

    I love the turtle neck. I’m not the biggest fan of turtle necks with these hot flashes and all (lol) but I could easily make this and make it more of a mock neck by cutting the size of the turtle neck a little less wide. Glad to hear the progress of your hubby and I will continue to pray. Thanks for taking time for us because I look forward to your post.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Angie! Yes, this can easily be converted to a crew neck. Thanks for your continued prayers for my CEMO.

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