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HOW TO MAKE A DIY NEON TURTLENECK CROP TOP || Sew it Goes : Episode 1/5


give me a good one give me a good one i’m about to hit the jackpot she said the jackpot alright here we go this it neon turtleneck oooh okay so i already love neon so as you can see hey there thanks hey there thanks for tuning in to sew it goes episode 1 so if you’re new to this miniseries sew it goes
is basically a set of DIY challenges that myself
and my buddy Hadassa will be taking on to just challenge ourselves and see what
we can come up with so in episode 1 we’re gonna be tackling
a neon turtleneck so this is my variation of the neon turtleneck that
can definitely be worn in the summer time so check it out take your fabric
and fold it in half and make sure that the wrong side of the fabric is facing
up take a t-shirt that fits you really well fold it in half and place it on top
of the fabric then tuck in the sleeves so that basically the top pattern of the
t-shirt is revealed decide how short you want your crop top to be and then fold
the bottom of the t-shirt to match this desired length trace all around the
t-shirt I’m so sorry but my tracing just would
not show up maybe because I was using white chalk but in any case you want to
just pin the fabric down into place so that when it’s time to cut the fabric
doesn’t shift you want to cut around the pattern and you want to leave a half
inch space for seam allowance you can draw a line to be more accurate with
where to cut the seam allowance or you can just freestyle it the way that I did
then unpin your folded pattern and then you want to transfer the other half of
the pattern outline to the other side of the fabric or to the other half of the
fabric again I apologize that the marking didn’t show through and it’s
because the fabric is so sheer and because it’s lime-green so I’m gonna do
my best to provide you guys with approximate drawings to create the
pattern for the back of the shirt you want to repeat step one except this time
when you fold your t-shirt you want to make sure that the back of the t-shirt
is facing on the outside of the fold and then trace the t-shirt then cut about a
half inch away from the pattern line and if you want you can go ahead and
actually draw a seam allowance line for more accuracy but you could also just
freestyle it the way that I did then you want to unpin your pattern unfold it and
then transfer the pattern outline to the other half of the pattern the same way
that we did with the front part of our so lay the front and the back pieces on
top of each other so that the right sides are facing and then you want to
pin just the shoulder seam only on one side so here you can see that I pinned
the side seam and the shoulder seam but you don’t need to pin the side seam
because we’re not going to be sewing that just yet so only the shoulder seam
and then we’ll be sewing the shoulder seam after you have finished sewing the
shoulder seam you want to open up the pattern and then you want to just
measure the length of the neckline after the pattern has been opened and I
suggest you use a measuring tape since the measuring tape is a bit more
flexible and in the end I got 19.5 then you want to make a rectangular pattern
like this which will be the turtleneck part of your crop top and the height of
the pattern should be 3 inches without seam allowance and then the width of the
pattern should be whatever measurement you got for the length of your neckline
in the previous step so for me it was 19.5 so take your pattern and open it so
that it is right side facing up and the neckline should basically be in the
shape of a horseshoe or a “u” and then you want to take the pattern for your
turtleneck and you want to face it so that the right side is facing down so
basically the right sides should be facing each other and then you are going
to line up the edge of the turtleneck pattern with the edge of the body of the
shirt and you’re just going to pin the edges down all the way around the neckline
of the body of the pattern since it can be a little tricky to sew along a curved
line what I’m doing is I’m just taking my scissors and I’m making little
snip like clippings along the neckline so that it is a little bit more
flexible and it’s easier to sew then sew the neckline like so so now you want to
take the top edge of your neckline and you want to fold it so that that raw
seam is inside of the folded neckline and then you’re just going to pin it
down into place all around the neckline now if you don’t have a finished edge
the way that I do you you could just fold over the edge of the neckline
before pinning it down but it’s not necessary
then you’re gonna sew all along the edge of where the neckline is folded when
you’re finished sewing the neckline should look like this
then you want to flip your pattern like so so that the wrong side is facing out
pin down the shoulder seam and then sew it about a half inch in from the edge
lay out your fabric flat so that the wrong side is facing up you’re not
folding your fabric then you want to place your pattern onto your fabric and
you want to open it so that the armhole is completely open and stretched out and
flat like so then you’re just going to trace the curve of the armhole after
you’ve traced the curve of the armhole you’re going to make a mark for where
the middle of the armhole is and then you’re going to add a notch to indicate
the back of the pattern so for the back of the pattern I did two notches and for
the front of the pattern I did one notch and you’re also going to transfer these
notches to the actual pattern itself as well as to the sleeve so that for future
reference you know where the back of your shirt is and where
the front of your shirt is when you have to put it on then from your middle notch
you want to measure and mark the distance from your shoulder to your
wrist so for me that was twenty three point five inches measure the
circumference of your wrist and then divide it by two so my wrist is seven
point five inches divided by two is three point seven five inches you’re
going to use that 1/2 measurement to be the middle of your line for your wrist
on the pattern so I’m going to use I’m going to take my ruler and I’m going to
line it up with the mark for my wrist and I’m going to line it up where my
ruler says three point seven five then from there I’m going to draw a straight
line across that way I know that the middle of my straight line across is
three point seven five inches leave me a comment if you don’t understand this
part connect each end of the armhole curve to each edge of the line like so
after you finish drawing the two connecting lines you want to add a half
inch seam allowance all around the sleeve pattern since we have two sleeves
we’ll need to repeat these steps to do the to make the second sleeve so remember
that once you have made the second sleeve you also want to add seam
allowance around it as well then cut out the two sleeve patterns like so lay the
body of your crop top so that the right side is facing up and then take your
sleeve and sandwich it on top of the body of the crop top and just line up
the middle notch of the sleeve with the middle notch of the armhole and then
begin pinning all along the armhole of the crop top
once you finish pinning the sleeve to the body of the shirt along the armhole
you want to just sew about a half inch away from the edge of the armhole and
this is the seam allowance basically and this is what your sleeve should look
like after you’ve finished sewing and just remember that you should be using a
zig-zag stitch since this is stretchy fabric so you want to repeat the same step for the other sleeve and just to recap the instructions you’re taking
your sleeve and your sandwich it your sandwiching it on top of the body of the
shirt so that the right side of the sleeve is facing the right side of the
body of the shirt and then you’re going to line it up so that the middle notch
of the sleeve lines up with the middle notch of the body of the shirt and then
you’re gonna pin it down and then sew along the armhole curve remember to use
a zig-zag stitch and if you are having any trouble with stretching excuse me
with sewing stretchy fabric then you want to refer to my video about how to
sew stretchy fabric without it puckering or wavering now that our sleeves are
attached we want to go ahead and create a lettuce hem for the bottom of the
front and the back of the body of the shirt as well as the bottom of both
sleeves and before we make the lettuce hem we have to first fold over each of
these pieces that I said need to become a lettuce hem we have to fold them over
and then pin them as though we were creating a regular hem
oh and also the turtleneck itself will also become a lettuce as well and we
don’t really need to do anything to prep the actual turtleneck so in order to get
the lettuce hem effect you want to start sewing your hem normally until the
fabric uhm it slightly reaches the back of the presser foot and then you’re gonna
grab onto the thread tails and you’re just going to use the thread to pull the
fabric as it goes underneath the needle and you’re want you want to be pulling
from both sides so from the front and from the back and you want to pull
tightly but not to the point that it breaks your needle for my machine
settings I used a zig-zag stitch for the length I used 2.5 I know that most
tutorials say to use the shortest length but I can say for sure that it really
depends on your machine so just play around with the different lengths to see
what works for you for the width I used the widest width which was five for my
machine but again it might be different for yours so just play around with some
some scrap fabric before you actually do this on your garment the other thing to
keep in mind is that when you first do it
when you first create the lettuce hem you probably won’t necessarily see a
drastic effect of the lettuce hem you might have to just keep doing it a few
times to keep going over it a few times before you actually see like a very
decorative kind of lettuce then depending on how many layers of stitches
you do you may or may not end up with this kind of excess fabric that’s
hanging outside of the stitches and if you do
you can just take some scissors and clip it off but be careful not to poke a hole
through your fabric your lettuce hems should look like this and now you want
to fold your shirt so that it is inside-out after you have folded the
shirt you want to pin the seams of the sleeves as well as the sides of the body
and this is how my top turned out I’m super happy with it to be honest with
you guys the top that I made for this tutorial came out a little bit too small
so I ended up remaking it and this shirt right here is the second version of it
the tutorial for this pencil skirt that I’m wearing right here is listed below
in the description box so go and take a look and stick around for the next
episode where Hadassa and I will we will be buying each other fabric and
challenging each other to see what we can come up with and Hadassa has no
idea what kind of fabric I’m getting her and likewise I don’t know what she’s
getting me so it should be pretty interesting until next time ciao

5 Comments

  1. HADASSADOR Author

    I love the curly hem and you look so good in your crop top…and I peeped how you threw in a DIY garment you made before to style with the top and linked to that tutorial of it…shameless plug snaps fingers

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  2. jessi L Author

    This is lovely! I want to try this soon. And I'm so glad you mentioned going over the lettuce hem more than once 🤦🏼‍♀️ I would have never thought.

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