First I made a turtle neck using the leftovers from my daughter's t-shirt. I used an ancient Kwiksew pattern for a t-shirt, but I have sliced and diced it so that it no longer resembles its original self. Namely, I raised the armholes considerably and narrowed the sleeves and body, and I think I got a fairly decent fit without it being skin tight. This fabric is very soft and drapey, and quite fine - excellent for layering under a sweater. I used the width of the neckband, but cut it 12 inches long, to then fold in half to make the turtle neck. I never fold my turtle necks in half, like normal people - I just scrunch them up on my neck. Guess I should also work on the "what-to-do-with-my-face-while-waiting-for-the-timer-to-click". I was looking out the window. Don't remember what caught my attention.
While I was all set up with black thread in the sewing machine and the serger, I decided to make more black tops. I bought all that was left on the bolt of this knit ("unknown fibres" - Fabricland's favourite designation, it sometimes seems). I think that it's rayon with lycra. It's very fine (is that what they call tissue weight?), very soft, and an absolute horror to sew. After all that you will see here, I still have over 6 metres left, so I felt that I had to get comfortable sewing it, and having slowed down a bit, taken my time, it turned out fairly well.
Another t-shirt (regular neck) using the same pattern as the previous turtleneck. I stole Eugenia's idea (thank-you Eugenia!) for a removable cowl neck, and made an endless scarf.
Next I used my well-used Vogue 7799, one in the same black, using the turtleneck view. I cut the front on a fold, to omit the front seam, and I have narrowed the neck considerably. (It was way too floppy in the original.) It looks somewhat like the Burda turtlenecks that a lot of people have been sewing up.
Then I finally switched to brown (not than anyone can tell with the weird way the colours turned out in the pics). This is (obviously) the view with the collar.
I know - boring, boring boring. Sometimes, though you just have to bite the bullet. I still figure it takes a lot less time for me to sew these, than to attempt venturing out to the mall to buy. Besides, I'd more than likely have to make alterations, and in that case it definitely is saner to just sew from scratch. I admire all the lovely knit tops that everyone else is sewing, and I know that I should branch out in my knit sewing, but at this point in time my only thought is whether something will work in endless layering to keep me warm.