Video: Upcycle a Turtleneck into a Stylish Top


I have a few turtlenecks that are made of beautiful fabrics, but I can’t stand the high, tight neckline. Another DIY upcycle project comes to mind! Why not add tulle fabric and transform a simple turtleneck into a stylish top? Sounds great! I have listed all the steps here and included a video below with the full tutorial.

Supplies:

Turtleneck and Tulle
  • Turtleneck
  • Tulle fabric
  • Sewing Supplies: scissors, quilter ruler, tailors chalk, pins, universal thread
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  • The first thing we are going to do is cut off the sleeves and collar (my turtleneck has a raglan sleeve, but any sleeve style will work). Cut inside of the sleeve seamline and underneath the collar. Save the sleeves to use as a pattern.
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Mark the Back of the Sweater:

  • Trace the back for the sweater outline onto the tulle fabric from the underarm up.
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  • Mark a line across the sweater where you want the sweater fabric to meet the tulle fabric. Add a seam allowance and cut. Align the sweater with the tulle fabric. Add a seam allowance onto the tulle fabric and cut.
Note: The video below shows all these steps in detail.
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  • With right sides together, pin the tulle fabric to the sweater fabric.
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  • Because the fabric stretches either use a 3-thread overlock stitch on the serger or a zigzag stitch; narrow the stitch width to 1.0 or .5. Adjust the length if needed. Sew with a ½” seam allowance.
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  • Press the seam allowance toward the sweater fabric and topstitch. For topstitching on this stretchy fabric, I use the triple stitch with a stitch length of 3.5.
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Mark the Front of the Sweater:

  • Trace the front of the sweater onto the tulle fabric from the underarm up.
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  • Draw a line for the new front neckline where you want the tulle and sweater to meet. This could be a straight line or curve at the center front. Cut along the chalked line.
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  • Mark the same curve on the tulle fabric, add 1” to accommodate a seam allowance for both pieces of fabric. Cut the tulle fabric.
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  • With right sides together, pin the tulle fabric to the sweater fabric.
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  • Because the fabric stretches either use a 3-thread overlock stitch on the serger or a zigzag stitch; narrow the stitch width to 1.0 or .5. Adjust the length if needed. Sew with a ½” seam allowance.
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  • Press the seam allowance toward the sweater fabric and topstitch. For topstitching on this stretchy fabric, I use the triple stitch with a stitch length of 3.5.
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Sleeves

  • You can trace the original sleeve pattern onto pattern paper or cut along the seam, lay the sleeve out onto the tulle fabric. We will be sewing a French seam so either add ½” seam allowance if you want to sew a ¼” seam or 1” for a ½” seam (I am adding ½” seam allowance).
  • Be sure to add a little extra if the tulle and sweater fabric don’t have the same amount of stretch. Cut the tulle fabric.
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Sew a French Seam:

  • Choose a straight stitch with a stitch length of 2.5. With wrong sides together, pin the sleeve. Stitch with ¼” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”.
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  • Turn the sleeve right side out and press. Stitch along the seam fold with a ¼” seam allowance.
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Attaching the Sleeves with a French Seam:

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  • With wrong sides together, pin the sleeve into the armscye, matching up the side seam with the sleeve seam. Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance, turn the seam to cover the seam allowance, and press. Stitch a ¼” seam allowance along the folded edge.
  • Trim the tulle along the neckline to create a straight edge.
Upcycle Turtleneck Project That’s it! You are ready to wear your new top out on the town (😊) Let me know if you try this and be sure to share photos on social media using hashtags #brothersews and #angelawolf Cheers, Angela

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- Angela Wolf Says:
3/27/2018 12:50:35 PM

[…] Click on the video to the right to watch the full tutorial or head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial.  […]

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Leticia Says:
4/12/2018 6:37:09 PM

Hi, What sewing machine did you use?

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judy hayes Says:
4/12/2018 8:58:20 PM

I always love your projects, we've been (Frankensewing) and Goodwill is our best for Drama this year and the kids had a great time. I also loved your interview with Crafty Gemini Vanessa. happy sewing Judy

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Joanne Banko Says:
4/28/2018 3:44:25 PM

Love your finished top Angela! I'm cleaning out my closet and I think I found several "turtles" that need a similar makeover. You have inspired me!!!

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Angela Wolf Says:
3/26/2018 12:43:40 PM

The fabric doesn't fray and will be just fine. You can add a bias binding or fold over elastic if you want a little more security

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Gailete Says:
3/26/2018 11:15:37 AM

You don't need a seam or facing for the new neck edge? I've never sewn with that can of fabric before and it just seems like it wouldn't hold up without some sort finishing.

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