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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > how to alter a t-shirt neckline? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/25/09 7:37 PM

So, I have this weird phobia of high necklines. They make me claustrophobic. I can't even wear regular crew-neck t-shirts, as I start to feel like I'm choking. I only wear wider necklines--boat-necks, ballet-necks, v-necks, etc. (They look better on me than crew-necks anyway.)

But today I was given a crew-neck t-shirt for an event I'm attending that I really ought to wear to show my support. I wondered if I could do a little diy and give it a new neckline.

Anybody have beginner-level suggestions on how to accomplish this? I don't have a serger, btw, so even though the t is your basic knit, I'll have to do it on my machine.

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Date: 9/25/09 8:21 PM

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3839/video-a-neckline-binding-for-knits

This is Sarah Veblen's neckline binding for knits video, it's wonderful. You can cut a new neckline for your shirt.

You don't need a serger! I do lots of re-doing necklines on tees. I'm like you.......hate the high necklines. HTH Jane

Edited to add: Use a very small zz stitch instead of a straight stitch. That will allow more stretch in your garment.
-- Edited on 9/25/09 8:23 PM --

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Date: 9/25/09 8:26 PM

Also, here's a link to Debbie Cook's tutorial on remaking a men's crew neck t-shirt into a more feminine silhouette. She includes remaking the neckline - you can probably ignore all the rest if you're already happy with the fit of the rest of your t-shirt.

Good luck!
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Debbie used a coverstitch, but as HeyJane said, you can use a sewing machine to apply the neckbinding as shown in her link to Sarah Veblen's video.
-- Edited on 9/25/09 8:33 PM --

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Date: 9/25/09 9:28 PM

Altering clothing is how I started sewing in high school. I currently have a little stash of thirts and turtlemecks waiting for a remodel because the necks feel tight. I would recomend using an old tshirt from similar fabric to practise on before altering the tshirt for your function. Sewing with knits on a sewing machine can be done and the tutorials others have suggested have gret info in them.

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Date: 9/25/09 9:59 PM

You might even be able to use the existing ribbing. I find that if I cut it a bit narrower (or even in half lengthwise) it will stretch more and still fit a somewhat larger neckline.

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Date: 9/25/09 11:28 PM

Tee shirt necklines are my specialty! I also can't find ready-to-wear shirts that I like as they are usually to enclosed so I have experimented over the years with making tee's.

YOu could do one of two things.

Find a tee that you own in which you love the neckline shape and use that as your pattern guide remembering to add seam allowances.

You can find a contrasting/compatible knit fabric that you could make a facing with. For a beginner sewer this is what might be easiest. YOu make a facing by tracing the necline of the tee on paper then make the width maybe 2.5 inches plus seam allowances.

If you are more advanced you could add binding by doing some research on the steps others have suggested.

Your other alternative is to design your own neckline. Do this buy starting off with some wax paper. Cut it the with of your front.

With a marker/Sharpie in hand, place the width of your wax paper across your chest wearing only a bra. Draw in the depth of the neckline , play around with shapes. There are so many you could choose from.

A vee neck
A boatneck
A rounded neckline

Make several templates until you find a favorite.

Look at your tee's in your closet for ideas on how to bind the neckline.

I would also practice on scrap fabric.

Good luck

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Date: 9/26/09 6:18 PM

SewVeryTall posted an alternate method of redesigning a tee-shirt neckline using ordinary bias tape: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=6671
This is very easy. I've used this method with both readymade bias tape and tape I prepared myself from prints that coordinated with the main tee color; both worked well and have held up to many washings.

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