A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

A modified turtleneck and how I’m learning to own my mistakes

 

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

I know, I know. ANOTHER turtleneck.

But guys, turtlenecks are totally legit. They’re stylish, quick to make and they keep you warm.

They’re the total package.

But here’s the thing. This make has a giant, glaring mistake. You probably have already noticed it.

That seamline on the neckband is on the wrong way round – it should be at the back not the front.

Epic fail.

Or is?

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

A modified turtleneck using Kwiksew 4069 and how I'm learning to own my mistakes | find out more on Randomly Happy

In the past I would have been super self-conscious about this. Worrying that it just scream handmade. Major amature hour.

But instead of being embarrassed about it I’ve decided to try a little experiment: I’ve decided to just own my mistake and move on. Rather than just focusing on all the mistakes and getting bummed I’m just going to try being proud of the fact that I sew.

Yeah it’s wonky, but I’m down with that. I mean there are worse things in life than a neckband put on backwards.

And you know what? Not one single person has noticed (or if they have they haven’t mentioned it). I guess even if they do I would say the seam line is a design feature. Which it kinda is – unintentionally.

Are you as bad as me in being a bit embarrassed about your makes? Or are you all proud and majestic – if so what’s your secret!?! This sewing less groove I’m in really has me hooked on sewing things that I can be really proud of (regardless of how they come out!)

The pattern: another Kwik Sew 4069 (also seen here)

The size: S

Modifications:  I wanted something relaxed, semi-fitted and slouchy. So I eliminated the curve at the side seams by drawing a straight line from the under arm to the outer edge of the hem. I also wanted a snugger fitting turtleneck, but I didn’t want the hassle of narrowing the neckband and redrafting the neckline. So I took a shortcut and cut a 1 inch wedge from either end of the neckband. Not sure if that’s a big no, no, but it worked for me.

The fabric: a heavy-ish jersey/light-ish ponte from Sew Over It.

  1. Reply
    Lucy Regan

    Hey Elena, good for you! It looks great, no one will notice and if they do – so what?! I’ve just written a similar post on our blog about my first big sewing fail and how i bounced back from it. It really is all part of the process. I’m knocking up my first Kwik Sew 4069 next week and can’t wait to get started.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Glad you were able to bounce back from your sewing fail – we all have those projects that just don’t want to fall in line! I guess the nice thing about sewing is that you can bounce back 🙂

  2. Reply
    PsychicSewerKathleen

    I noticed the seam at the front of your turtleneck and just thought, “oh that’s different – she’s ruched the neck at the front for a point of interest” 🙂 Never once crossed my mind that it was a mistake! It’s easily something you would see in some high end shop without a nod of apology 🙂 Love it. The fit is great and you’re right it’s something you would wear over and over. Alas my mistakes hardly ever look like cool design features :)) normally they just look like a sad fit or a TRUE mistake like a band at the neck that’s sitting very wonky – not a soul would do any of them deliberately!

  3. Reply
    Donna

    I like the seam in the front. But what bothers me are the strings hanging from the sides of the skirt. I know unfinished hems are trending, but it’s the whole hem. Is this a trend I missed?

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