Turtle-Neck Maxi

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Here in Minnesota, we have been very blessed this winter. The snow is not knee-length this season and we can actually walk outside without mittens and not get frostbite along the way. I originally bought this thick knit fabric during the summer, but I stocked it away in my fabric bin because I knew it would come in handy for a winter project. When I made this dress, I automatically wanted to run to the fabric store and buy more of this material! I am in love with this fabric and style because it is both cold weather and hijabi friendly. 

This is going to be a quick overview of my process in making this turtle-neck maxi. 

Time: 1.5 hours
Level: Beginner - Moderate

- 2.5 yards of thick knit (wool) fabric
- Thread & Scissors
- Measuring Tape & Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine

Lets get to it!
- For this maxi dress, I started by using one of my old dresses as a pattern and added 1/2 inch seam allowance. Check out this post on how to use old garments as patterns.
- After sewing those pieces together, set the dress aside to make the sleeves. Again, I made my sleeves like I do always...by tracing one of my long-sleeve tops and added the appropriate seam allowance. Once that is done, you can sew the sleeves on to the dress. Refer to this post for details on how to attach a sleeve to a dress.

Making the Turtle-Neck:
- You are almost done, now you will make your turtle neck. The important thing to do is to cut the neckline of the dress at the right level, so it is not too tight or too wide. This can be achieved by cutting the neckline of the dress at about an inch below your collar bone. And in order to make sure it's not to wide, you need to make the shoulders of the dress about 5 inches wide instead of the standard 4 inches. 
- My turtle neck dimensions was about 4in x 3.5in. Before, I sewed it into the dress, I folded the fabric in half and then attached it to the dress. 

Last but not least: Hem the ends. (I will do a detailed post on the basics of hemming soon.)

As always, let me know if you have any questions via comments or email: hamdikeynan@gmail.com
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