Turtlenecks. Or as I know them best, skivvies. No matter what you call them, the jury is out as to whether I like them.
Tessuti released the Monroe top recently as a free pattern. It’s essentially their Mandy boat tee in terms of body shape and sleeves, but with a reshaped neckline and added turtleneck. From their website: This boxy top features drop shoulders, a turtleneck collar and optional three quarter or full length fitted sleeves. Relaxed and easy to wear, Monroe is a quick sewing project and a classic autumn/winter wardrobe staple. Sizes included (AUS sizing): Size 1 (XXS-XS-S) Size 2 (S-M-L), Size 3 (L-XL-XXL)
I wear my Mandy tops rather a lot – they’re perfect for inbetween weather, and for winter layering. I chose to sew size 2 in the Monroe.
This is super easy to make – all construction on the overlocker, hems twin needled after securing with double-sided tape. I think that it almost took longer for me to cut it out ensuring stripe matching than it did for me to sew it. The fabric is a viscose/spandex blend. You need to make sure that you choose fabric that has four way stretch, preferably including spandex, for this top. Otherwise the sleeves will be too tight and you’ll have difficulty getting it over your head. This fabric had JUST enough stretch in it. Do be careful with your fabric selection!
Lisa looks much groovier on the Tessuti pattern page modelling her version of this top than I do, but I still think that I’ll get plenty of wear from this. I don’t think that turtlenecks are ‘flattering’ on most people, but they’re definitely warm and cosy and perfect for winter layering. I did a forward shoulder and high rounded upper back alteration on the pattern to reduce the potential for that choking feeling a little bit, but this neckline is still snug. It wouldn’t be difficult to cut the neckline a little larger and turtleneck piece a little longer in order to make the neckline a little looser. I actually think that I saw instructions for how to do exactly that somewhere, but can’t locate a link at the moment.
So overall verdict? This is a very useful free pattern. Just choose a fabric with PLENTY of stretch for maximum cosy wearing comfort!