Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee

It started with a top. This top, to be precise:

An image of a woman with a blank white background. She has short blonde hair, and is wearing a rose pink merino turtleneck tee and black work-style pants.
Oh Country Road, you can do no wrong.

Suddenly I had visions of a wardrobe filled with long sleeve merino tops – warm, moisture-wicking and odour-repelling.* A few online orders later, and I had enough merino jersey meterage to begin my wardrobe plan (more on the other garments later).

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants, black ankle boots and pink glasses. She is looking at the camera and smiling.

To recreate the Country Road top, I chose a 180gsm merino jersey in ballet pink from The Fabric Store – the perfect match for the Named Paola Turtleneck Tee. I have already made this pattern in a cotton/spandex blend, and am pleased to report it performs just as well in a merino knit. The only real difference in construction was using a water-soluble stabiliser when twin needling to prevent tunnelling due to the lightweight nature of the fabric.

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants, black ankle boots and pink glasses. She is turned to one side.

I certainly achieved the top of my dreams inΒ style, but not performance. This is totally a rookie error – being new to sewing with merino jersey, I ordered some in 180gsm and some 200gsm weights, assuming they were adequate weights for tees. The 200gsm fabric was a dream, but 180gsm was just a bit too thin for my taste.

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants and black ankle boots. Her back is to the camera.
That’s pretty damn see-through.

I am really, really cold in this top! This could be down to my temperature regulation issues, but it is also pretty transparent. I rarely wear any clothing that isn’t opaque – choosing undergarments that won’t show through is such a pain. All this means that as beautiful as this top is, it just won’t get worn.

This pretty much follows the usual pattern when I try to copy RTW: I think I’m saving money by going DIY, somehow cock it up, and get annoyed and buy the RTW version anyway. As disappointed as I am by this top, at least I know to look out for merino jersey only in weights of 200gsm+. And if you think this top would fit in your wardrobe, wear a size 42/44 in Named and feel the cold less than me, give me a hoy – I’d rather it go to someone who will use it than sit in my drawers unworn (I only wore it once and obvs will wash it!).Β EDIT: has been claimed

An image of a woman standing in front of a blue weatherboard background. She is wearing a pink merino turtleneck long sleeve tee, black ponte pants, black ankle boots and pink glasses. Her hand is on her hip and she is smiling.

 

The deets:
Pattern: Named Paola Turtleneck Tee
Pattern details: Classic, semi-fitted turtleneck tee with full-length sleeves and a turtleneck collar. Available as a PDF download (A4 or copyshop) or a printed pattern, sizes 32-50.
Fabric: 1.5m x 150cm premium merino single jersey 180gsm – Ballet Pink from The Fabric Store. 100% merino, 180gsm, 19.3 micron
Other materials: Clear elastic to stabilise shoulders, from Aliexpress. Wash-N-Gone soluble stabiliser for hems.
Mods: Size 42 bust and shoulders, 44 hip
– Added 2cm length to the hem and sewed shorter hem allowance for more length
– Pressed shoulder seam allowances back (personal preference, pattern says towards front)
– Only hemmed sleeves to 1.5cm, not 2cm

 

 

*This is really a thing. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture before it starts to feel wet against your skin (technical term:Β hygroscopic). Its natural breathability means it can whisk moisture away to regulate temperature and reduce body odour, hence its ideal use in hiking and mountaineering clothing.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

10 thoughts on “Merino Paola Turtleneck Tee”

  1. I love it. Too bad it is too light to keep you warm. I also have trouble regulating my body temperature. I actually sit around 96 (35.5) when I have a normal to me body temp. Makes getting cold really bad for me. I hear you on needing something warmer. Hopefully Spring is on its way to you and you will be in much better temperature soon!

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    1. Gee, you’d want to rug up where you live then! To be honest I’m dreading the warmer weather. At least if it’s cold I can rug up, but where there are days and weeks of temps around 40C with high humidity I can’t bear it.

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