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Tips & Techniques > Marcy Tilton-style 45 degree T-shirt neck band

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Posted on: 10/13/09 9:12 PM
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This illustrates the 45 degree angle of a T-shirt neck band as recommended by Marcy Tilton in this article in Threads Magazine.

Cutting the band this way eliminates the bulk of a straight seam that is folded in on itself at least once in a single layer band, or multiple times in a neck band that is folded lengthwise before it is attached to the garment neckline. It also helps to offset the seams, no matter which way you create a neck band, so that they don't end up on top of each other.

I've illustrated it in the photos as a folded band, but it can also be used as a single layer neckband.

I used it in this T-shirt for the first time and liked it very much. After sewing the band together and folding it lengthwise, I applied it to the neckline of the T-shirt following the double needle method I wrote about in this tip.

That whole Threads article by Marcy Tilton is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to sew refined T-shirts!

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carolrv said... (6/17/10 8:14 AM) Reply
I found a way to miter the knit banding on a v-neck on p 319 of Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. I learned how to make a crossover v-neck in a sewing lounge class on pivot points. I have noticed that better RTW v-neck tees are finished with one of these 2 methods.
Kayseri said... (11/21/09 2:43 PM) Reply
Thanks for pointing us at this article
Rhoda K said... (10/15/09 3:55 PM) Reply
nancy2001 said... (10/15/09 7:30 AM) Reply
Great tip
ryansmumAria said... (10/14/09 8:31 PM) Reply
I love your work. Thanks for taking the time to share all this wonderful info and great photos/graphics!
Bunny7 said... (10/14/09 2:44 PM) Reply
Great article and thanks for the Threads link. Love everything Marcy does, check out her newest knit Vogue patterns coming out this week 8618 and 8620. Must haves!
mhk3boys said... (10/13/09 10:22 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip and the article from Threads!
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