Aha! Let's cut it up!
Here's what you need to make your own flirty sweater:
-basic sewing kit
-chalk for marking lines
-lace or ribbon
This is what my turtleneck started out as:
1) Cut off the neck! Don't be scared, just measure it out, draw a line and then go for it!
I measured an inch all the way around first and then widened it out on the sides to make more of a boatneck (round necks don't suit me, but you can make it whatever shape you like to wear.)
2) As soon as possible run over to your serger or sewing machine and finish that edge off. By that I mean zigzag it or even better take your serger to it. Whatever you do, don't pull or stretch it or it'll unravel.
Here's what my turtleneck looked like once it was cut.
|I was tempted to stop here,|
but what kind of crafter would I be
if I didn't embellish?!?!
3) Next, choose a shoulder and make a couple of diagonal cuts. This is where your tie will go.
|Cut that little triangle right off.|
5) Now turn your serged edges to the inside and press. Pin it down and sew your edges evenly.
Now my turtleneck looked like this:
6) I love the look of the inspiration sweater (see below) but I felt like ribbon just didn't suit me. I tried some lace I had but just couldn't find the right one. I didn't want to go out and buy anything because firstly, I have waaay too much stuff in my stash, and secondly, it's too freaking cold outside to go out if I don't absolutely have to.
Then I remembered that I have a whole bag of lace collars! Aha! So flirty, so romantic. They were perfect!
But I didn't want to use them the way you're supposed to use lace collars. Instead I pinned the longest end to the part of the shoulder that I cut out, sewed it down, and voila!
If I hadn't been watching a fairly stupid episode of Housewives of Beverly Hills (ugh, why do I even admit to such embarrassing behaviour) this probably would've taken about 20 minutes to complete. So easy, and so pretty!
Now get out there and flirt!
Here's the top I found on Pinterest that inspired this project:
Source: k.ifeng.com via Etcetorize on Pinterest
Hmmmm, I just realized how low the cut is on the sleeve, I might have to make some adjustments, that's far more flirty!
Here's another pic for inspiration:
Source: lolobu.com via Etcetorize on Pinterest
That is by far the best thing to do with a turtleneck sweater! So much better, so cute, and so nice not to feel like you're being strangled!
Nicely Done! :)
Super cute! I'm not too confident on my sewing/edging skills to tackle this one yet but it looks great! Saw you at "Do Something crafty" at See Vanessa Craft! Have a great weekend
Great sweater! Happy to connect with you through the mentoring program. I'm your newest GFC follower!
You have taken the old turtleneck into the future with this change. Love it...J
So sweet! I love "off shoulder" sweaters and cannot stand anything around my neck, so this is a lovely idea.
I'm thinking this would be a nice idea to make my daughter for Valentines`
Cheers from Oshawa
I'm loving all your recent DIY clothing posts! Bonus, I think I may have a turtleneck in my stash. Keep up the inspiring work.
I really love this!! I found your blog through pinterest & I cant get enough!
If you have a chance I would love for you to check out my blog Small Town Chic. It's a mix between fashion related posts & thrift store makeovers.
I love sweaters but can't
wear turtle necks (so tight
on my neck). This idea will
be filed for future use.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for linking up to ispy refashion! I've given your tutorial a shout out on my FB page! :)
Adorable! You would never know you used one of those lace collars on it. So pretty! I found you from Sew can do.
Very cute and flirty Tamara! And what a bargain too! :)
Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
This is so cute and easy. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 36.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch
Love the neckline! Will have to try. I have bows I made a couple of years ago already in my stash. Would love to use them as I'm obviously not going to finish the original project. Thanks for sharing!
Great refashion. Good job!!! Thanks for sharing. Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com
I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!
Darling! Looks so much better! And you're right, it is flirty ;)
I've been wanting to do this same project but I'm scared. I have all of the parts, except a sewing machine... so I'm afraid that the cut sweater won't hold up. I'm even thinking about asking my seamstress to do it! Hehe.. Yours turned out great though!
Anestazia @ Eccentric Delirium
Thank you so much for linking with my Wednesday Adorned From Above Blog Hop last week. I have listed your posting as one of my featured links for this week.
You can grab the featured blogger button in my sidebar.
Thank you again for participating, and the link party is opened for this week.
Debi and Charly
Great up cycle. Pinned. Stop by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html
Absolutely darling. I had seen those Pinterest photos too and loved them.
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