Turtleneck makeover

As I mentioned yesterday, I like turtlenecks. As warm as they are they can, unfortunately, be a little blase though…

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Minnie is modeling a turtleneck I purchased this summer at a garage sale for a meager .50 cents. I liked the pattern of the florals on it (thought it was quite autumnal, indeed). Plus, it is SUPER warm! 🙂 As someone who is perpetually cold, that’s a quality I admire.

I just wanted to give it a bit of a makeover

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Off with your neck!

I put it back on Minnie inside out to take it in a few sizes.  Pinned down on each side, I got the fit I was happy with. Then, I cut the excess fabric off.

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Run it under the sewing machine (Du Jour, it’s a Janome 8900).

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This isn’t project runway. DON’T sew over your pins. Yes, it’s tedious… but just do yourself and your machine a favor and take the pins out before your needle reaches them. This is what I do for a living. Just trust me. M’kay 🙂

I did the same thing with the sleeves because they also had to be taken in… At this point though, I still had a pretty blase top sans turtle neck… so, I assessed my “scraps” situation and began to play around with them…

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I took a chance and made the boat neck into an asymmetrical v-neck. Right there on my dress form, I got my scissors and cut the shape I liked. Then I realized what I wanted to do with the scraps.

I sewed them (right sides together) in to tubes, turned them right side out and pinned them to my new v-neck.

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Ah ha! 🙂

Then I sewed them around the rest of the neckline with a straight stitch.

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This is much more fashionable than the turtleneck (may he rest in peace) AND it still keeps me warm!

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This is the face you get when there’s no courtesy countdown…
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Much better 🙂
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.50 cents well spent.

 

 

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