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Fitted turtleneck

am1 | Posted in Fitting on

Hi Everyone,

I’m trying to sew a fitted turtleneck without using a zipper.

I’ve done it both ways, without the zipper it is hard to get over the


Is there any way that I can cut it for maximum stretch so that it can go

over the head and fit close to the neck once it’s over the head ?

Thanks in advance,



  1. joy | | #1

    In my opinion, the best way to get a close fitting turtleneck without using a zipper is to use ribbing for the neckband. Interlock knit can also be used, but is not as "stretchy" as ribbing. Contact me for info. on knits with dyed-to-match ribbings - I have a few colors (white, off-white, etc.) in stock.

    1. am1 | | #2

      Thank you Joy for the tip, I'm using wool jersey and I want to use the same fabric, so I guess I'm going to have to put a zipper in it. Ameenah

      1. Teaf5 | | #3

        If the maximum natural stretch of the fabric isn't enough,  you'll probably need that zipper.  Even if it is, the finished product will last much longer, and the elasticity of the turtleneck will be much better if it doesn't have to be stretched to the maximum every time you put it on and take it off.

        1. am1 | | #4

          Thanks Teaf5, the fabric doesn't have enough natural stretch so I'll put the zipper in. I test the fabric, there is no way that it will be able to fit over my head and be snug around my neck.

      2. mem | | #5

        try ann invisible zip and make it with a seam at the centre front back and sides of the neck . You could make a funnle neck rather than a turtle neck . This would work better with a zip and you can cut it quite snug at the top

        1. am1 | | #6

          I made it with a invisible zipper before, but I never did a "funnle"
          neck. What is a funnle neck?

          1. mem | | #7

            well its where the neck is made up of four parts eachan extention of the bodice with center back and front seams They are faced by a folding back of the funnle on itself and so the upper edge is a fold .You could put the zip into the center back seam. There is an example in the current Vogue catalogue . Its a set of different tops . The one which is Funnel necked is looser than what you want and probably doesnt have a zip and may not have the facing on the neck as I described.Its is an example however.

          2. woodruff | | #8

            Funnel neck patterns are generally not very close fitting (in fact, I find them a bit drafty), but the Textile Studio Monaco Shell has a funnel neck variation that has gotten good reviews at patternreview.com:http://www.textilestudiopatterns.com/patterns/MonacoShell1209.htmlThe pattern has a center front seam that will allow you to fit the top as you wish up the center front and the front neck. Note: This pattern is sleeveless, but it's easy to "morph" it with a favorite long-sleeved pattern by just overlaying and matching the center fronts and landmarks.

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