Turtlenecks are lightweight winter shirts that are usable throughout most of the year. However, the neck isn’t for everybody. This article will look at how to turn turtleneck shirts into regular shirts. Turtlenecks can be turned into long sleeved T-shirts, short sleeved T-shirts, and sleeveless T-shirts.
For all three types of shirt, the neck will need to be modified. Turtleneck necks are made out of a wide tube of stretchy material folded over. Because this material is useful in many crafts, this guide will detail how to remove the neck in one piece.
Turn the turtleneck inside out, and make a hole in the inner layer of the cloth, a quarter inch off the seam. Do not go through the outer layer. Cut around the entire inner layer, leaving only the quarter inch of the cloth. Do not cut at the seam, as the quarter inch of cloth will be needed. Fold out the turtleneck collar. If the collar does not fold out fully, it is a four-layer collar; in which case, cut the second layer exactly as you cut the first layer. The collar should now be a tube about ten inches tall. Turn the turtleneck right side out and cut the collar off in a straight line, two inches above the seam.
Fold the collar over and sew the cut end to the quarter inch of the back seam. It is easier to have the quarter inch on the outside of the sewing as it is easier to sew that way and nobody will see the inside of the collar. Allow the thread to be slightly loose to allow the collar to stretch as necessary. Once the collar is sewn, iron it flat or allow it to flatten over time. You now have a long sleeved turtleneck T-shirt.
To make the turtleneck to a short sleeved T-shirt, find a T-shirt that fits comfortably and use it to measure what length and angle to cut the sleeves off at. If the shoulder of the turtleneck is wider than the T-shirt, line the shoulders up and cut the turtleneck sleeve to be the same length as the T-shirt sleeve; the sleeve will be longer but remain balanced. It is essential to cut at the same angle as the T-shirt sleeve. Angles that look lopsided when spread out will balance when worn, and vice-versa. Turtleneck cloth does not fray or curl and is comfortable left as a raw edge. If the hemmed look is desired, cut the sleeve a half inch longer to allow for that.
For a sleeveless turtleneck, cut the sleeves off on either side of the seam. The material will not fray or curl, so trim to shape as desired. Sometimes, turtleneck shirts can jut out just below the armhole. To remedy this, spread out the shirt. Observe the way the cloth juts out and cut off that triangle and sew that cut edge to make the side seam. The armhole will now appear pointed, so trim to restore the natural rounded look.
You now have successfully transformed your turtleneck into a long sleeved, short sleeved, or sleeveless T-shirt. Unwanted turtlenecks are a great source of free shirts and save on shopping for new shirts. Save the collar and any cut sleeves for future projects.