How to Sew an Easy Turtleneck Top

10 Materials
3 Hours

I'm going to show you how to sew a turtleneck top from a long jersey dress. I upcycled this dress I no longer wore into a cute roll neck top. Jersey is the perfect fabric for this, and turtlenecks are warm and flattering to wear.

My top tips for sewing jersey fabric are to use a steam iron before, during and after sewing and to finish the raw edges with a zigzag stitch or overlocker.

Tools and materials:

  • Long jersey dress or jersey fabric
  • Large sheet of paper
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter and mat or sharp scissors
  • Polyester thread
  • Overlocker or sewing machine with stretch stitch
  • Ballpoint needles
Turtleneck pattern

1. Measure yourself

Take your bust measurement and divide by 4 to get the width of your main pattern pieces.

Measure the length of the top from your shoulder to where you want to top to finish and add 4 inches (10 cm).

My figures are 9.5 inches (24 cm) as 1/4 of my bust measurement and 27.6 inches (70 cm) for the total length.

Taking measurements for turtleneck pattern

2. Make the block pattern

See the video from 0:54 - 4:11 for how to make the turtleneck sewing pattern.

Cutting the fabric

3. Cut the fabric

Cut out the pattern pieces and pin them to your fabric, placing the front and back pieces on the fold.

Cut out the fabric using a rotary cutter and mat or sharp scissors. You need 1 each of the front and back pieces and 2 sleeves.

Joining the shoulders

4. Join shoulders

Place the front over the back, right sides together, and pin and stitch the shoulder seams.

Attaching the sleeves

5. Attach sleeves

Fold each sleeve in half lengthways and mark the center of the sleeve head with a notch.

Attaching the sleeves

With right sides together, pin the notch on the sleeve head to the shoulder seam.

Working from the center out on both sides, pin the sleeve head evenly into the armhole edge and stitch together.

Pinned seams

6. Sew side seams

Pin the side and sleeve seams, matching the stitching at the armhole, and sew.

Pinned turtleneck

7. Hems

Fold, pin and sew hems at the end of each sleeve, at the neck edge and at the lower edge of the body, using a zigzag hemming stitch.


How to sew a turtleneck

Finished turtleneck top

And here is my finished turtleneck top - lightweight yet snug and warm for fall weather.

I really love wearing it, it goes with so many things. It's thin enough to wear under a sweater when it gets colder, too.

Do you like roll neck tops? Please leave a comment below and let me know.

Suggested materials:
  • Long jersey dress or jersey fabric
  • Large sheet of paper
  • Ruler
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