Friday, March 30, 2012

Wardrobe Basics -- Turtleneck

The temps here on the east coast are in the high 70's! I am finishing a black turtle neck!!! Well, it is one of the "Wardrobe basics". The fabric I used is a ITY from I bought it last year. ITY is light weight, so this turtleneck can still be worn on a cool day.

The pattern I used is an old (very old) pamphlet I bought at JoAnns. The instructions are very easy. The whole top can be sewn on a serger. I used a narrow zig zag stitch. I also used a twin needle for the hems.

No alterations were needed. My sleeves do not have a separate band at the bottom.
This is such an easy top to make. Everything goes together nicely.
When I hem a knit, I first press the hem allowance up using a fusible tape. Next, I use my twin needle and the stretchy serger thread in the bobbin. This time I used two different color threads. In one needle I had black thread and in the other, I had beige. Due to the deeper hem pressed on the sleeves, I did a twin hem two times. I like the effect.
Here are a few ways I would style this top. I have it paired with the camel skirt and black long sweater cardi. Chunky gold necklace gives a pop of color.
The blue cashmere cardi is paired with the camel skirt and pearls finish the outfit.
I replaced the skirt with off-white pants. I think I might wear this to work on Monday if the temps cool down.
This is a fall style. I would wear this during November and December. I really like the combo of the turtleneck and the red cardi.
Next up is a white shirt. I am using this KS pattern. I know it is an older pattern, but I like it. The fabric I will be using is a stretch cotton. I still need to get buttons, but the pattern pieces are traced. I want to make a muslin to test the fit.
I have really enjoyed participating in the "Wardrobe Basics" sew along. I only made two pieces, but it kept me motivated to keep sewing through the daily stuff that comes into each day. I appreciate Lori and Lynne for leading those of us involved. Both of these ladies are great sewers!

What is happening in DHARMAVILLE
1. DD is leaving in two days for Indonesia. I would appreciate prayers for her safe travel and protection.
2. We just got back from Disney World. It was a wonderful family trip filled with many memories.
3. DS finally picked a college to attend in the fall. He will be playing on the lacrosse team.
4. DH has added baking to his interests. He has been making bagels!!

Until I post again----take care!