A couple of years ago I bought a long-sleeved, turtleneck t-shirt off Walmart's clearance rack. I didn't bother to try it on and when I got it home, it was too big. I had planned to just take it up so it would fit, but when I saw this tutorial at Adventures in Dressmaking, I decided it would be perfect. Of course, I had to let things marinate for awhile as other projects took precedence, but, finally, I made it last week.
I did not take a pic of the before shirt, but it looked something like this except with a turtleneck. Also, my shirt is gray and navy striped:
tutorial on Adventures in Dressmaking exactly and it turned out very well. I won't repeat the steps here because I would just be rewriting the tutorial. After I got the rosette sewn on, I tacked it down in various places so that it would lay down and not flip forward as I wore the top.
The edges of the neck and armholes are finished with fold over elastic. I had never used fold-over elastic before and none of my local fabric shops had any, so I bought some on etsy from Deepwater Trading. I used just a little less than the two yards. I was a little apprehensive since I had never used it before, but it was so easy. There is a great video tutorial on Angry Chicken and also a how-to on Craft Stylish on how to apply it. Here is my finished top:
front of tee
closeup of rosette