Here is another recycle project for the turtlenecks in our closet, and it's easy - perfect for beginners! For this sewing tutorial, I am using a turtleneck that has a design, but any tank top will work. Click below for the video tutorial and here is a quick recap.
- ½” Wide Elastic
- Tailors Chalk or a Fabric Marking Pen / Pencil
- Start by marking the new boat neckline on the turtleneck. I am using a dress form and following the design on the turtleneck. Another option is to measure from the center front and back neck down to the top of the newly desired neckline.
- Add a ½” seam allowance and mark the new cutting line. Start cutting higher than the new marking to test the fabric for fraying.
- If it is determined the fabric does not fray, then go ahead and cut along the last chalk marked line. If the fabric does fray, leave an extra 1” of fabric from the chalk marked line until after you attach the elastic.
- Measure around the circumference around the new neckline. Subtract 1” from that measurement and cut the elastic the same length. Start from the center front and pin the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric. Stretch the elastic as you pin, so the elastic is a little shorter in length than the fabric. Continue to pin all the way around the top. When you get to the center back, cross the elastic ends and pin to secure.
- Zigzag stitch in to secure the elastic. Trim off any excess elastic.
- Use a zigzag stitch to secure the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric. If you have a serger, you can skip the zigzag stitch and instead use a 3-thread overlock stitch.
- Turn the elastic into the top and tack at the shoulders. If the elastic pops out at the center front or center back, add a few more tack to secure the elastic in place.