How to sew a turtleneck T-shirt

Péťa  ·  11.2.2020  ·  3 minutes of reading

In today's article, I bring you simple instructions for sewing a turtleneck T-shirt.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

The pattern

The pattern for women’s turtleneck ROLL UP (sizes 32–60) is available here:

Women’s turtleneck ROLL UP


Recommended material

Use thinner knits (elastic materials) with a high content of elastic fibers (elastane, lycra, spandex, etc.). For example:

  • Cotton or viscose knits
  • French Terry knits

Examples:

  • Viscose knits (many different colors)
    • Those are very thin - great for an autumn turtleneck or turtleneck to wear with a shirt or blouse. You can go with a smaller size of the pattern (if you are between two sizes) thanks to the high elasticity of viscose knits.
  • French Terry (many different colors)
    • Thicker stretchy fabrics - great for winter turtleneck. The elasticity is close to the limit, so if you are hesitating between two sizes, choose a larger one in this case.
  • Modal (many different colors)
    • Modal is great for close-fitting clothes, but it’s a bit thicker than standard viscose knit - a great choice if you aren’t particularly fond of very thin materials.
  • Merino/bamboo knits, fine-rib knits - each manufacturer operates with different material parameters, so it is important to check the elasticity of your material with a simple test (you will receive more information with the pattern).

Choose fabrics with a weight (grammage) below 230g/m2.


Suggestion:

I’ve used an overlock to sew my turtleneck, but don't worry if you only have a regular sewing machine. Just follow few rules described in this article:

Sewing knits on a regular sewing machine - 4 steps to success


Sewing instructions

Pattern layout

Prepare:

  • 1x front piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x back piece (cut on the fold)
  • 1x turtleneck collar (cut on the fold)
  • 2x sleeve piece
  • 2x bottom hem
  • 2x sleeve hem ("cuff")
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sewing

Lay the front piece over the back piece (face side to face side) and pin both shoulder seams.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew shoulder seams and press seam allowances towards the back piece.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Fold collar in half (face side in) along its original fold and sew sides opposite the fold.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Fold (roll) the collar in half (face side out) to form its final shape...

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

...and pin it to the neck opening. The seam on the collar should be aligned with the centerline of the back piece.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew the collar to the neck opening. Pull free ends of thread chain under the loops when sewing on the overlock.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Spread one of the open armholes on the table...

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

...and pin one of the sleeves to it. Use marks on the paper pattern to position the sleeve correctly.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew the sleeve to the torso.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew the other sleeve in the same way. Next, pin the side seam and the sleeve seam and sew them in one go.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Do the same on the other side of your shirt.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Now is the time to prepare hems. Lay bottom hem pieces on each other (face side to face side) and pin their side seams. Fold sleeve hems in half and pin the seams opposite the folds.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew previously pinned seams on the hem pieces.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Fold (roll) the hem pieces in half (face sides out).

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Pin the bottom hem to the bottom edge of your T-shirt.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

And sleeve hems to the sleeves.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Sew the hems to the T-shirt. Pull free ends of the thread chains under the loops when sewing on the overlock.

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

Your new turtleneck is ready! :)

How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt
How to sew women's turtleneck T-shirt

You can get this pattern here:

Women’s turtleneck ROLL UP

Have a nice day, Peťa


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