Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee

I had a hard time thinking of an interpretation of this month’s theme – Four. Being a literal person, the more abstract a prompt is, the more confused I become! It was only upon checking my “to sew” queue that I realised I already had an appropriate project lined up – this turtleneck tee with four pattern pieces.

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants, black ankle boots and pink glasses. She is looking at the camera and smiling.

My intention was to copy this lovely merino top from Country Road. I did so using the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee and some 180gsm merino jersey in ballet pink from The Fabric Store.

An image of a woman with a blank white background. She has short blonde hair, and is wearing a rose pink merino turtleneck tee and black work-style pants.

Courtesy Country Road. Though I don’t think I can copy that sass.

I’ve already made this pattern in a cotton/spandex knit, and it performs just as well in a merino jersey. The only change I made was to use water-soluble stabiliser when twin needling the hems, to prevent tunnelling (I had already lengthened the body 2cm and sewed a narrower hem for more length).

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants and black ankle boots. Her back is to the camera.

As beautiful as this top is, it is unfortunately not going to stay in my wardrobe as it is just too thin (evidence above!). This was my first time sewing with merino jersey and I ordered some 180gsm and 200gsm weights to play with. The 200gsm was ideal, but the 180gsm I used in this top is just a bit too thin to keep me warm and is far too transparent for my tastes. You live and you learn, eh?

Happy birthday to The Monthly Stitch – may there be many more to come!

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants, black ankle boots and pink glasses. Her hand is on her hip and she is smiling.

 

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6 thoughts on “Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee

  1. It does fit well and is lovely, even if it is a tad immodest. It might make a great layer under a sweater, jacket or blouse. I think you hit your mark on almost all counts except the weight of the fabric.

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  2. I love posts that depict the inspiration behind a make! I didn’t realize the importance of weight myself until I ordered some high quality (Liberty) jersey knit online and it arrived SO thin. I made up a top regardless (StyleArc and love the pattern) but it’s far too thin. It was just too clingy for my taste. I kept it but now only wear it under something which is sad because the print on the fabric is gorgeous! So the lesson is you can’t always know what weight the knit is by the cost!

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    • Wow, that really surprises me. I would have assumed Liberty knits would be a bit heftier than that! I’m a bit annoyed by the cost of this one too but at least it clearly specified weight in listing – I just wasn’t sure how to interpret it for my preferences until it was made up in a garment.

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