I love turtlenecks. I really do. But there is nothing worse than a turtleneck that makes you feel like you are choking. No matter how much you wear it, stretch it, or pull it – it just snaps back into shape and you feel uncomfortable the entire time. And who likes putting their fingers in their neckline the entire day to adjust?! Yuk. I would just rather not wear it.
So when I recently purchased this gorgeous green turtleneck on clearance, I was bummed to discover that it simply felt too tight around the neck. There had to be a solution.
That’s when I thought of it. Fabric godets. Yes…….
Super simple, and super cute! It adds a fun pop of fabric to my turtleneck, which always makes me happy – and is super comfortable now! It is a total win / win.
How to make a turtleneck larger, so you can stop choking!
- Scrap knit fabric
- Ball point sewing needle
- Fabric scissors
- Coordinating thread
- Basic sewing essentials
HOW TO ENLARGE A TURTLENECK:
Step One – Using fabric scissors, carefully cut a straight line down each side of the turtleneck. Stop 1/2″ before you reach the neckline.
Step Two – Measure the length of your turtleneck.
Step Three – Cut (4) triangles, with the side length of the triangle being the same length as your turtleneck + 1″ for seam allowance. The width of your triangle should be between 3″ – 4″.
Step Four – Place (2) triangles right sides together and pin the short edge. Sew and turn right side out. Press. Sew a straight line along the sewn edge to secure. If desired, baste stitch the unsewn longer side edges of the triangle wrong sides together to hold in place.
Step Five – Pin the long edge of the triangle right sides together with (1) cut side seam of your turtleneck. Sew down using a straight stitch or stretch stitch.
Step Six – When you get to the bottom of the triangle, keep the needle down and bring the presser foot up. Pivot the triangle and the turtleneck so that the opposite side of the triangle is right sides together with the opposite side seam of your turtleneck. Reposition your fabric and bring the presser foot back down. Sew together until you reach the top of your turtleneck. Clip seams along the top edge of your turtleneck.
Step Seven – Repeat steps 4 thru 6 for other 2 triangles on opposite side of turtleneck.
And you are finished!
Fold the turtleneck towards the inside for a mock-like finish, or simply keep the turtleneck up as you would for a fun fabric godet effect. Either way, you no longer feel like you are choking – and that is always a good thing!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…