I know I’m essentially a basics kinda girl. I try to make fancy things, but really I spent most of the summer in basic tees, camis and jeans or semi-fitted dresses.
But it’s getting cold out and I figured it was about time I started reaching for some warmer things. And as much as I love a cami, they don’t quite cut it in November. Sadly.
So while searching around for a good winter make I stumbled across all these people making turtlenecks. OK, not loads of people but Katie and Fiona were making some pretty good-looking versions. I didn’t think I was on board with turtlenecks, but these pretty hip versions sure got me thinking…
Kwik Sew 4069 is pretty basic. It’s a straight up turtleneck pattern with curved sides to give a more fitted, shapely silhouette. The sleeves are either 3/4 or long, and the hems are turned up to finish. That’s it.
Pretty simple, right?
It’s the black coffee of patterns. Simple. No nonsense. Warming.
The instructions were simple enough to follow, but to be honest, if you’ve sewed a tee before you’ll have no problems. It’s all really straightforward. Sure the turtleneck might seem intimidating, but it’s essentially just a super wide neckband.
I paired up with Sew Essential for this post who offered me my pick of fabrics. I’ve been quietly stalking their selection of John Kaldor soft wool mix jersey for a while now so it was a pretty easy decision.
There was a solid choice of colours, but I’m afraid I opted for the plain, French navy.I figured it would go with more of my things. (though this green and grey are also stellar choices).
You know me, I like to keep things pretty darn simple 🙂
How it all went
I ended up cutting a small. There’s no finished pattern measurements (super frustrating, right?) so I used the size suggested by my measurements. Usually this doesn’t end well for me, but the sizing was pretty spot on. It’s pretty much the semi-fitted shape I was looking for.
The only slight downer for me is the neck which came out a bit looser than I would have liked. I think I would have preferred a closer fitting neck. But, heck, let’s not quibble.
The best thing is that it took less than 2 hours to sew and cut out. I know speed shouldn’t be the sole aim of a project (and one of my goals is to really focus on taking my time over makes), but it’s great that it can be done in such a short time. At the same time, it is really nice to do a simple project and not have to worry about learning new techniques or fiddling with misbehaving fabrics.
And, heck, it makes a nice break from some of the more complicated projects on my sewing hit list.
What do I think & Next time
I’m really pleased how it came out and find myself wearing this quite a bit. It’s great for layering and is snuggly and warm (the fabric is soooo soft).
I’d be tempted to straighten out the sides to eliminate the curve and create a more boxy shape. I’m also not loving the loose-ish fit of the turtle neck so I’d be tempted to play around with that – either trying a mock turtleneck or maybe reducing the size of the band to make it more snug.
I’d also be tempted to try Papercut’s Rise & Fall turtleneck pattern – which I think is the standard turtleneck pattern a lot of people seem to use.
But I’ll definitely be making me some more. When I was last in Italy my mamma took a liking to this so I’ll be making a few for her for Christmas.
Turtlenecks, they really are the gift that keeps giving 😉
I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring). The pattern and fabric for this make was kindly provided by Sew Essentials (they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.