NOTE: This review is part of my entry for PR's 2013 Mini Wardrobe Contest. Voting starts on Friday, October 4th. Please click here to cast your vote.
For PR's 2013 Mini Wardrobe Contest, I sewed a pair turtlenecks in vibrant ruby red and fuchsia pink in $5 per yard rayon/poly/lycra rib knit. I picket the classic turtleneck style because I wanted to set off the knitted shawl collar of my Burberry inspired jacket. I used the unruched version of Angela Wolf's Ruched T pattern, which has such a superb fit, it's the base pattern for all my tee shirts, and I added my own turtleneck collar. I love my new "chic and cheap" turtlenecks. They add a pop of color to my Mini Wardrobe and are perfect for dressing up with the hat, scarf, bracelet, necklaces, belts and handbag you see in these photos, all of which I made.
From the pattern envelope: This is a great style of top that will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe and is very EASY to sew! One pattern offers many design options including: 3 different collars offer 4 different looks sleeve options including short, three quarter, and long 2 ruching options for the body.
Pattern Sizing:XXS (bust 30-32")-XL (bust 39"-41") I made the XS.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The pattern envelope shows a cowl necked top with a ruched bodice and sleeves. I drafted my own turtleneck and used the unruched version of the pattern.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The pattern comes with its own instruction booklet that looks quite thorough and should be a big help to anyone who needs help with sewing knits. But after making at least a hundred knit tops over the past eight years, I have developed my own methods and didn't use the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love, love, love the fit! In fact I love the fit so much, I threw away my old TNT and now use the unruched version of this pattern as the basis for all my knit tops, no matter what the style.
Fabric Used: I used two rayon/poly/lycra 2x1 Hacci Rib Knits from a new vendor stylishfabrics.com. The colors I picked were red and fuschia and both are lovely, vibrant shades. You can't beat the $5 per yard price. So it's great for muslins or bargain priced sewing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used the unruched version of this pattern and tinkered around with the neckline, raising it and adding a turtleneck.
To construct my turtleneck, I drafted my own quarter inch seams and sewed the turtleneck on my sewing machine. The only seam I serged was the neckline (and that was after I had sewn it on the sewing machine). Then I topstitched the neckline with a 3.0 twin needle) and coverstitched the Steam-A-Seam hems with my Janome Coverpro 1000 CPX.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to sew several turtlenecks this winter using the very same pattern. If you're looking for a great fitting knitted top pattern that you can use as your base TNT and adapt in many ways, I highly recommend the unruched version of Angela Wolf's Ruched T.
Conclusion: These quick and easy little turtlenecks are the perfect base layer for a stylish winter wardrobe. Dress them up with necklaces and belts or dress them down with jeans, they'll keep your neck warm and add a splash of color to your world.