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Zaneta
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Date: 4/7/13 10:32 PM

Hi Everyone,

Was hoping I could please have some tips on this one. I have just finished a fitted scoop neck neck t-shirt using a 95% cotton and 5% elastane.

It has turned out fabulous, the front neck line sits really nicely since there is no ease and quite fitted.

However, I was hoping to tweak this pattern for the next one I make due to about an inch I can pinch out on the centre back neckline? Was not sure how to go about fixing this as the back pattern piece is cut on the fold.

Essentially it is about an inch that I need to pinch across the neckline and then eases into nothing vertically in the centre back like a dart for about another inch. It is only noticeable when my shoulders are pulled back, I have noticed I have forward facing shoulders eeek!!

I finished the neckline by cutting a 5cm wide strip on the crosswise about 2cm shorter than the overall neckline. I then fold it in half and sew it together and then fold the band in half. I quarter mark it on the neckline and then sew it on to the neckline rightsides facing.

When I sewed the separate neckline to the top I had to slightly stretch to make it fit.

My question is how can I please adjust my back pattern piece to eliminate the gaposis (about an inch pinched together like a short dart)

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Zaneta

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Date: 4/8/13 2:06 AM

Hi Everyone,

Have some other details to add, I may have have even solved my own dilemma. I have since watched the amazing video here http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3839/video-a-neckline-binding-for-knits

I have also been wearing my top for most of the day. On closer inspection, it may be the binding size as the problem? I am thinking I will need to look at making the binding slightly shorter and use the video tips for qrting and placing on to the garment. If you have not seen this video, its pretty good! If anyone else has any other recommendations I would love to hear from you.

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Zaneta

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Date: 4/8/13 8:43 AM

You always have to stretch the neck band to fit a t shirt neck or you get gaposis. How much depends on the stretch. There is a great video on the Threads website by Sarah Veblen on how to attach a neckband in a knit top.
Didn't read your second post, but that's the video I mentioned. How much to stretch the neckband is easier with experience. I baste these first to make sure that I haven't pulled too much.
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Date: 4/9/13 4:17 PM

Obviously if you want to add a CB seam you can take it out that way, or add darts or gathering into the back neckline. If you want to keep the casual CB on fold look, try tilting the pattern piece a little bit and cheating off the fold at the top of the back (does that make any sort of sense?). I usually do that for about a half inch in knit tops and it takes care of a lot of the gaping I'd otherwise get. It doesn't make for a perfect fitted shape but it's perfectly fine for a casual knit top.

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