I love Fall. Ever since moving to Ohio and learning what Fall ACTUALLY was….not the one I grew up with in California….that’s NOT Fall…sorry Californians….none of you have actual Fall.
Around here, the mornings are getting crisp and you can just feel it in the air, the gentle breezes. Also, the crazy spiderwebs…but we don’t need to go there.
I have been REALLY REALLY resistant to the 90’s fashions coming back. Part of me feels bad for the teenagers who are currently being screamed by every advertisement to wear mom jeans, knowing full well they will have to struggle through their late 20s with low rise jeans in style. Sorry…sort of….been there…done that.
The other part of me is REALLY excited that turtlenecks are back in fashion and I will just avoid Mom jeans and be the Rockstar (wink wink) I am.
My very first pattern with PSCO was the Rory Dress. A turtleneck. Every so often, I pull it back out, especially in the fall. Wearing Rory in all of the ways I’ve worn her is ALWAYS the sexiest I have ever felt while so covered up!
So when Fall started coming around again, I began waxing nostalgic and then a lightbulb appeared over my head (a real one my son held there because somebody gave him a lightbulb cup filled with junk as a birthday party favor). Rory needs to be able to work with the Mom jeans.
So here is how to mash Rory and Juliet together to create a killer turtleneck BODYSUIT!!!
Step 1: Take your Rory Front Bodice pieced align the bottom of the armscye with the bottom of the Juliet Front armscye. Align the side curves and try to get them to mash seamlessly. This might take a bit of finagling, but do your best. You do not have to tape the two pieces together. You can, but you can also just use a clip or pin.
Step 2: Repeat that step with the back pieces of both patterns.
Step 3: Cut one of each pieces you created ON THE FOLD.
Step 4: Align the shoulder seams and sew them. The more coffee, the better!
Step 5: Sew the side seams
Step 6: Sew the sleeves…yup. both of them.
Step 7:Turn your sleeves right side out and place them inside the bodysuit with the body seam and sleeve seam matched up. Pin or clip in place and sew or serge the sleeve to the bodice.
Step 8: With right sides together, sew your neck pieces together.
Step 9: Try that neck on to make sure it fits. Adjust if you need to.
Step 10: Attach your neck piece.
Step 11: Measure your leg opening and multiply that by .85. You will want to cut two band pieces this length by 2.5″ wide.
Step 12: Attach the bands to both leg openings.
Step 12: Cut two snap plackets. One the length of the front crotch, plus the band width, plus 1/2″ for seam allowance.
Step 13: with right sides together, sew the snap plackets at the short ends to preserve the fold.
Step 14: turn the snap placket right side out.
Step 15: Sew the snap plackets on to the crotch portions of your bodysuit pieces. (NOTE! you will want interfacing, or some very sturdy knit fabric inside your placket to prevent the snaps from ripping the placket.
Step 16: Apply snaps to the snap plackets.
There you have it! Your very own and totally custom turtleneck body suit!
I know I need at least 8 of these to get me through Fall and Winter this year!