Saturday, February 19, 2011

A Turtle Neck Refashion

I found this top in Target’s clearance section for only $3!

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I really liked the fabric. It reminded me of Little Miss Momma’s favorite shirt (which I think is too cute and would probably wear every day if I owned it, and yes, hers is white with gray stripes, but still, it reminded me of it). I just didn’t like the turtle neck. It was a little too confining for me. But at that price, I knew I could turn it into a great top that I’d love.

First I laid it out flat to get an idea of the size of neckline I wanted. I knew I wanted a higher neckline, and not too wide or else I’d be trying to tuck straps in all the time at the shoulders.

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Then I folded it in half, making sure I lined all the seams up nicely, and used my rotary cutter to cut the neck off just below the seam.

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Then I cut little slits along the entire collar. Like I did when making the bag. This allowed me to fold the fabric over on the curve without it pulling or folding funny.

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Then I folded it in, pinning at each tab (or section of fabric between the slits).

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I then sewed around the collar, wrong side up, with the folded edge of the collar lined up with the middle of my presser foot, with a 1/8” seam allowance.

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I stitched around the whole thing, then did it again, this time with my first line of stitching lined up with the middle.

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Then I did it one more time (because it looked like it needed a third), 1/8” away from the previous stitch line.

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And it worked!

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I love the way it turned out!

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Nice and clean and not confining at all!

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I think I would like the shirt better with 3/4 length sleeves rather than long sleeves.

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But I’ll keep them like this for now, because it’s still cold outside. I’ll probably switch it up in the spring when I want to keep wearing it (because seriously, I can’t believe how soft this fabric is for how cheap the shirt was!).

And that’s my shirt refashion!

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  1. How great is this, Wonderful I love!!

  2. Very cute! I love how it turned out. I've tried this on shirts before but I always end up making the neckline too big and never wear it again. But yours looks perfect! Pretty awesome for $3!

  3. Holy cats! Thanks for that tip about cutting the slits! Sheesh, I am such a beginner - this totally would have helped me a couple days ago when I was cursing my sewing machine. :)

  4. ha! totally reminded me of LMM Ashley's shirt. Looks GREAT on you!!

  5. haha wow I love how creative you are, I would have never taken a second look at that turtle neck! Thanks for the inspiration! You are a trly talented smart girl! :]

  6. This makes me super happy. I can't handle turtle necks because of that strangled feeling (I'll stick with scarves thank you) and you did such a fantastic job on stitching - it looks like it came that way.
    The tip for cutting slits is great - I probably would have thought of that after I'd screwed it up somehow. ^_^

    The three dollar deal is the cherry on top! I wore a cardigan today that I found on a Target clearance rack for $4.97

  7. Totally cute idea! It came out really great. :) I am jealous and want one too! Thanks for sharing. Feel free to hook it up to my Weekend Review Link Party if you want. Have a great day!

  8. That tiny change made it a way cutter shirt!!! Nice work!

  9. lovely! great re-fashion. super inspiring. thanks for sharing the tutorial :)
    i too am a late-in-life sweat-pant wearer. this year i took it so far as to invite my sis-in-laws to wear them to our family christmas :)
    we all loved it

  10. this is SO inspiring!!! i need to not just rethink my wardrobe but rethink items i see for cheap on how to rework them! it turned out super cute!!

  11. Like another commenter said--thanks for the tip on cutting the slits! also a very novice sewer, and I'm not sure i would have thought of that on my own...

  12. Great idea! this would look so cute with one of those darling no sew scarves that DIY showed!

  13. Oh my gosh, that is genius! I never would have thought to take off the neck. It looks FAB, you would never ever know! I'm linking this up on my FB page cause it's just too good not to share :)

  14. Very cute! :)

  15. Awesome! I never would have thought to do that. I hate turtlenecks and my grandmother sends me at least one every year. Gonna have to save them now.

  16. ooooooh! I love this idea! Great job!

  17. OMG! I did a refashion with the pink version of this too!! I need to get it posted!! I will be linking this post when I do!!

  18. Thanks for this idea!!!! I totally did it and link to your blog!

  19. I did the exact same thing! even bought the turtleneck for $2.99 as well. and I made fabric flowers with the left over fabric from the neck!
    check it out...

  20. I just used this idea on a shirt that I didn't like the neckline of!
    Thanks for the easy tutorial!
    Alesha <3


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