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The Surprising Fit of My Hepburn Turtleneck

You guys must know by now what a Fan Girl I am for Itch-To-Stitch Patterns. Even so, when the Hepburn Turtleneck was released last spring, I completely passed it over: It's not the 90's anymore; I'm too busty and thick through the waist; high necklines don't flatter me...

But then, as I Googled for ways to style my new "grunge" inspired Emily Culottes, I realized just how wrong I was. The 90's are IN right now. Turtlenecks are back and it is the perfect compliment to my new culottes.

So, a few Sundays ago, I found myself downloading the Hepburn PDF and then I popped out not one, but TWO versions in a single afternoon. That's pretty much unheard of in my sewing room. 

I usually measure between an 8 and 10 in Itch-To-Stitch, with the 8 being my go-to size for wovens. The Hepburn Turtleneck is a knit, with NEGATIVE ease, so for this pattern I decided to size up to the 10. It was the perfect choice. Other than a 1/2 inch forward shoulder adjustment, something I do on just about every top I make, both my Hepburns are straight 10s off the pattern. I love everything from the circumference of the neck -- to the length of the 3/4 sleeve -- to the shape of the side seam. Even the size of the armholes, (which always feel too big for me on sewing patterns) was just right.

The black version was my first, and it is made with some light weight black rayon blend rib knit from Joann Fabrics. I bought an end bolt of the stuff many years ago when the old store in town clearanced everything to move to a new location. This turtleneck is the first successful garment I've made with the stuff.

My second Hepburn is also from a Joann's knit. This one is a mystery blend with light grey, dark grey and brown stripes. The fabric is different from the rib knit, and I had concerns it would come out too tight. While it is a tad slimmer, it still fits quite nicely.

I've worn them both already, mixed and matched with my brown wool Seville Skirt from last spring's pattern test as well as some RTW jeans. I had trouble deciding which shoes I liked best with the jeans. I think the shorter booties make my legs look longer, yes?

I've learned a lesson here: Turns out I definitely dismissed this pattern too quickly when it was released. It's a very quick, very well drafted basic that will get tons of use in my wardrobe. 

Have you tried the Hepburn yet? 


  1. Nicely done. I too have had the pattern since it's release and yet to sew. Good source of information on how it turned out.

    1. I hope that you like making yours too. If you can, share the results in the Itch-To-Stitch Facebook group. I love to see how everyone interprets the patterns!

  2. Yes, I made two, actually 3 including the first one while testing. And soon I will make another one in a nice sweater knit.Love your styling!

    1. Thank you! I look forward to seeing your sweater knit version when it's finished.

  3. I love how they fit you. Especially the more slim fit of the stripped one, looks so flattering on you. You look great. What a great sew.

    1. Thank you, I was happily surprised with the striped one too.


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