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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Refashioning Turtlenecks ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Refashioning Turtlenecks
Looking for some ideas (the more the better!)
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Date: 11/21/12 1:07 PM

When I moved to Texas, I thought I weeded out my turtleneck collection (in several northern cities I layered them under everything, Oct - Apr). I only kept the ones that were a) in good shape and b) a good color.

I have heard that there are tutorials for turning a turtleneck into a lightweight cardigan, and I wonder if there aren't other ideas as well. Light knits are a good thing - and if I can get partial arm coverage (3/4 or elbow length) that's a good thing in the a/c at work.

My main problem is that I don't have a serger, and haven't sewn knits since the 80s! Help me find ideas/methods that will work w/ my littl mechanical Brother. Thanks!

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Date: 11/21/12 2:30 PM

Here's one approach. You can also use google or youtube.com to search something like 'turn turtleneck into cardigan.'

You don't need a serger for this, but you will probably have to add a facing or edging of some time to your cut edge, if only just to maintain the width that's needed over the bustline, but the above link offers suggestions for that.

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Date: 11/21/12 4:14 PM

Thanks.

I was also looking for ideas other than a cardigan for something (preferably wearable) to make from them....

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Date: 11/21/12 4:36 PM

Google is your best friend. Using plain English, just type what you're interested in into the search box. Lots of stuff will come up, like this, for example. I just typed in 'turn a turtleneck into a crew neck,' but you could substitute any words you liked.

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Date: 11/21/12 7:00 PM

Donna, you can also turn them into a regular t-shirt. Turn the neck edge under and ZZ or coverstitch. Shortent the sleeves to 3/4 or short. There are tutorials to make them into skirts on Pinterest. Cut it off under the bust length, add a gathered rectangular skirt for a quick summer dress. Think about the top more as fabric than a top and your creatives juices will flow.

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