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Date: 11/2/13 5:34 AM

I am making my grandson a pair of pajamas, you know the kind with feet. I have used several different patterns successfully except that I can never get the rib knit collar to look good. It always looks badly
homemade where it attaches at the center front. Any tips?

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Date: 11/2/13 10:25 AM

The Kwik Sew books were where I learned to do this, and mine never looked funky. I will find their instructions and post them here (unless somebody else beats me to it!)

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Date: 11/3/13 8:12 AM

Here is the often posted link to Sarah Veblen's "How to" from Threads magazine:

A Neckline Binding for Knits

Keep in mind that Sarah is doing a self-fabric binding with interlock knit which has less stretch than a ribbed knit. If you are using rib knit, you will probably need a smaller ratio of rib knit to neckline measurement. Do a sample with your scraps to verify.

ETA: Sorry, I misread the post. This only applies to neckbands sewn in-the-round.

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Date: 11/3/13 10:42 AM

I think these are the PJs with the center front zip, so the rib knit has to neatly curve down to the center front.

Like these: KwikSew pajamas
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Date: 11/3/13 12:01 PM

Quote: Debbie Lancaster
I think these are the PJs with the center front zip, so the rib knit has to neatly curve down to the center front.
Like these: KwikSew pajamas


That's exactly what I thought she meant, too!

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Date: 11/3/13 1:44 PM

That is it exactly. Where the center front of the rib knit curves and meets the zipper, never looks "store bought" always homemade.

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Date: 11/3/13 1:47 PM

Have you tried one of the KwikSew patterns? This one has lots of reviews here, mostly with Highly Recommended, so there must be some technique that KwikSew uses for that collar that works for people.

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Date: 11/3/13 3:39 PM

I have the book, "Kwik Sew's Sewing for Baby". In the book on pg. 39, there is a line drawing of the pattern piece for the neckband. It is a rectangular pattern piece, but at one end, the corners are rounded off so that they meet in the middle. This pattern piece is cut on the fold so you would fold the entire length of ribbing in half, wrong sides together so that the rounded edges meet on either end of the neckband. Remember that there is an overlap for snaps (or some other closure) at the center front (CF) so be sure to allow for that when attaching the ribbing to the neckline. Since KS patterns usually allow for 1" cut-on facings at the CF, make sure the rounded ends of the neckband ribbing stop just before the fold back to form the CF facing. If you happen to have the book, pg. 40 shows what your ribbing will look like pinned to the neckline edge.

To evenly distribute the neckband, you would normally use four pins to 1/4 mark the band and four more pins to mark the neckline. Consider the CF ends as one of the four positions to mark. Bring the two rounded, CF ends together. Then, mark the fold at the end. Then bring the CF's together at the fold you just pin marked and mark the two folds that are created on either side with pins. These are your 1/4 markings. Use the same general progression to determine the neckline 1/4 markings. Match the 1/4 markings on the neckband with the 1/4 markings on the neckline, RS together and pin. Bring the garment to your SM and, with the sleeper fabric on the bottom next to the feed dogs, sew the ribbing to the neckline, stretching the ribbing to fit the area between the pins. The toddler sizes are so small, there really isn't a lot of stretching to do. In fact, the book shows a photo with the ribbing pinned in and the facings folded back, RS together over the ends of the ribbing.

Sorry if this is confusing.
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Date: 11/3/13 8:53 PM

Thank you!!! I am headed to JoAnns tomorrow and will look for the book. Even without it the book I am able to follow the instructions you gave. Thank you for taking the time to provide the answers for me. I really appreciate it.

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Date: 11/4/13 6:18 AM

Just an FYI, I've never seen the Kwik Sew book at Joann's.

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