It has been BRUTALLY cold here…-40 degrees Celsius for days on end! So when Christina from Wardrobe by Me hinted at testing a turtleneck pattern, I was all over it! The Trudy Turtleneck has taken over my sewing room! As you can see, I may have become a bit obsessed and ended up churning out 5 of them!!!
The fit on the Trudy is incredible! Christina went to great lengths to get the fit perfect on the armscyes and sleeves and especially the collar, which is really what will make or break the fit of a turleneck.
I made all of mine with long sleeves but there are 5 different options: long, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4 and sleeveless. There are also two collar heights: a low collar and a high collar, which is what I chose to use on my versions.
I chose the long sleeve, high collar options because the thought of any less was not something I fathom since it has been so cold. But I am envisioning the other options when the weather is more favourable.
This is also a really quick pattern to sew. I tried timing how long it took, but I am a multi-taker so I would start one part and go do something else and then come back to do some more and repeat this cycle. It also has very easy to follow directions which also contributed to my being able to jump in and out of the project. I am going to guess it took less than 2 hours from start to finish.
I am a HUGE fan of turtlenecks and I also love layering. This is the ideal pattern for this. Have you seen al of the looks that are created with dresses and jumpers layered over turtlenecks? It is a super cute look!!!My daughters were always teasing me because I would wear turtlenecks with everything in all seasons. That was an exaggeration. But it will be even more true now because I will be able to make them for any season and in any colour! So, I get the last laugh, yet again!!!
US sizes 0 to 16 – I made a size 10 bust grading to a size 14 hips.
Did it look like the drawing on the pattern when I was finished?:
Were the instructions complete and easy to follow?:
Yes. This is a very easy project to make.
I used a rib knit for the green and an interlock knit for the red. My observation was that the ones I made that had more than 80% stretch fit perfect. I made a couple that had 75% stretch, so if I was using that same fabric or one with less stretch, I would size up one size.
Was the pattern altered in any way?:
I lengthened it by 1″ because I am taller than what the pattern is drafted for. I also graded the pattern to fit my measurements.
Was there anything I disliked or would changed?:
Absolutely not! It is perfect!
Would I sew it again?:
I already have and will make a few more 🙂
Would I recommend it to others?:
Do I consider the pattern Beginner/intermediate/advanced?:
I would classify this as a confident beginner, only because some people find working with knits a bit more challenging.
Were the sleeves cut on the fold?:
Does the pattern include the layers option for easy printing?:
Seam allowance used in the pattern?:
This pattern uses a 1/4″ seam allowance, which is perfect when working with knits.
Is the pattern trim or trimless?
No trimming of pages is needed!
High and low collar heights, 5 sleeve lengths including sleeveless. This would also be super easy to make this into a dress by just extending the length. I already have the fabric picked out for my dress version!
***This review is based on my own observations during the testing of this pattern. I did receive the pattern in exchange for testing this pattern.***
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