2.23.2018

Fitted Turtleneck x2 | Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck

As part of my Fall/Winter plans, I knew I wanted a form-fitting turtleneck that could layer well without adding bulk.  I know Spring is right around the corner, but am determined to complete some of my earlier wardrobe plans and am super happy with this one.  :)
It took a bit of searching to find a simple turtleneck with a figure hugging design... finally settling on the Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck.  Sue wore her Hepburn Turtleneck on her glorious travels to Hong Kong where you can see her turtleneck near the bottom of her post.  She writes that it's easy to layer, but also looks okay on its own.  That's how I feel too.
The Itch to Stitch Hepburn Turtleneck pattern in .pdf download costs $10.00 that is truly a bargain considering it is such a well-designed, basic piece that will probably be made in multiples to re-fresh each Fall/Winter season's wardrobe.  A keeper!  Anyway, to be honest with you it was hard to tell exactly how form-fitting this pattern was designed to be.....
.... until one sort of studies the line drawings.  Itch to Stitch also has the 'layer' feature on her .pdf patterns, so you can only print the sizes you need.  This is nice as it makes cutting/tracing/grading so much easier on the eyes.  Seam allowances are included, which is also really nice.  I cut a size 2 at bust and waist, grading to a size 4 at the hips.  Perfect!
This is the second version I've made and the only modification was to shorten the turtleneck height by 1".  I don't like to turn the turtleneck down, preferring to leave the neck open with a sort of slouchy look.
A few weeks ago I finished the white Hepburn Turtleneck, my first version, and have been wearing it under a rtw cardi, under the Lotta Jansdotter Pilvi Jacket with the Ottobre Design Woman black miniskirt, black tights and short boots.  Nothing feels bulky.  You can see in the photo below more how I wear the turtleneck neck 'up', and how high this comes on my neck worn this way.  Also, this cotton was a slubby, thinnish, oh-so-soft knit that once it was all made and ready to be worn, I realized it was quite see-through.  At first I felt sort of disappointed, but soon realized it makes a perfect undergarment.
Mine fits almost like a bodysuit type of figure-hugging feel.
This is exactly what I was looking for.  It should also be noted this is a super quick make.  I used my serger on everything except the hems.  Oh, and I did follow her instructions and serged invisible elastic to each shoulder seam to stabilize those.  I am so tired of my knit pieces stretching out and am curious to see how that holds up.
This beautiful, abstract, 4-way stretch soft rayon spandex knit came from Joann Fabric and looks like it is still available.  It was purchased Fall 2017 as I was planning my Fall/Winter wardrobe around all these luscious colors.
And today our temps were hitting 80*F (26*C)!  Certainly an early Spring day for South Carolina!  Our weather changes so frequently this time of year between Winter and Spring that I'm sure it will get lots of wear this season and still be in good shape for next Fall/Winter 2018.  Guess you could say I'm either so far behind.... or so far ahead?!  :)
It was also fun to wear the Yoshiko Tsukiori Happy Homemade Sew Chic jacket again as a nice color contrast against the turtleneck.  And this skirt is a highly modified Megan Nielsen Axel skirt that I've still not blogged about.  It's super comfortable and exactly the type of skirt I find comfortable to wear.
Got a couple of microsuede pieces in the works, so am sort of hoping we will have more of a 'cold' Spring this year.  Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

16 comments:

  1. What a smashing fit your Hepburn is Lisa, and I love the fabric you made it in. Nicely styled too.

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    1. Oh what a wonderful compliment Diane as fit is something I am consciously working on this year.... and your garments are always made perfectly fitted! Thank you! :)

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    1. You are so kind!!! Thank you ever so much Mama Pea!!! :)

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  3. Love it, Lisa. It never would have occurred to me to put that orangey top with the blue skirt but it looks very good, each piece complimenting the other. I will need follow your lead in thinking outside the color box.

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    1. Thank you Barbara! That is so nice of you to say! :)

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  4. I haven't owned a turtleneck in SO long I can hardly remember - maybe 40 years at least? :) I used to wear a black on all the time with black tights and a skirt or long shorts and loved the look - seeing yours has inspired me to think about that again. A turtleneck is always handy and as you say for $10 it's such a standard garment to have in your wardrobe you'll be making it over and over in many different colourways no doubt. You could easily have 7 or 8 of them in your wardrobe. I was thinking about fit actually and reading how easy you found it to get a great fit with Itch to Stitch I was even more inspired. I have 2 of her patterns (a faux wrap top that I really like the look of and her cardigan) but I haven't made them up yet.

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    1. Truth be told.... me too..... I'd kept onto some loose fitting rtw turtlenecks and only wore them on cold hiking days.... but found I was longing for a change.... and this form-fitting one is perfect. This is the second Itch to Stitch pattern I've made and have found both patterns to be well fitted and designed. Thank you Kathleen! :)

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  5. Both of these outfits are lovely! I love the blue skirt; it looks so nice on you. I will have to check out that pattern. The blouse is such a great layering piece. I use to not layer much but find I'm doing that all the time now.

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    1. Thank you Shirley! The skirt is so heavily modified, you may not recognize it in the original Axel pattern. I will try to post how I made this skirt sometime in early March. Same here... am finding I really like layering now, particularly with pieces that do not add bulk. :)

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  6. I love your whole outfit, Lisa. That Hepburn looks so nice in the stretchy fabric that I am going to totally copy you and make one too. I love the fact that it looks like a bodysuit. I hadn't really thought about the high neck but do find that I turn mine down sometimes so I obviously have the same problem. I made mine out of a ribbed knit (like you'd use for cuffs and bands) and it also turned out brilliantly if you are looking for inspiration for another one.
    PS thank you for the mention! :)

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    1. Oh wow, what a nice compliment Sue as I so admire your work! After I wrote this post, I did look closer at the pattern and her photograph especially, and she shows the turtleneck turned down, so guess that is how she designed it to be worn. That just isn't my personal preference and found taking off the inch before cutting it out, is a perfect neckline piece for me. I'll be looking forward to see what you make!!! :)

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  7. Uhh that fabric looks great! And I like the length of the shortened turtle neck much better, good choice! The whole outfit is very pretty and fits you so well!
    I can't believe it is 26°C in south Carolina again! We have minus degrees here right now.

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    1. Thank you so much Katharina!!! We've had such warm temps lately, I feel a little spoiled.... I'm so ready for Spring! :)

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  8. I haven't made a turtleneck pull but I love it:) It fits you perfectly. Bravo!

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