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Date: 1/23/10 1:36 PM

I'm making a simple v-neck knit T with Vogue 8536.
It's all going just fine...but I've never done a v-neck in a knit! This has me mystified...I've been searching around online and haven't come up with anything good yet. My Reader's Digest Sewing Guide has NOTHING on this subject.
I tried out the directions on the pattern (which are fairly vague), but come up with a rounded vee instead of a nice pointy one.

Thanks!

Brenna

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Subject: V-neck knit shirt-Need a Dummys Guide Date: 1/23/10 2:27 PM

V-necks can be tricky. If it's the band you're having trouble with, try hand-stitching the difficult part. You can go back over it with machine stitching after you have it placed as you want it.

I'm sure there is a "proper" technique but this worked for me. And once I asked a friend who is a retired professional dressmaker and she told me she hand-stitches them in place too.

ETA: And if it is the instructions that are giving you trouble and not the actual stitching-- try a Kwik Sew pattern or book. They have really good instructions for these types of garments.
-- Edited on 1/23/10 2:29 PM --

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Date: 1/23/10 2:57 PM

Check out the instructions that go along with this free burda batwing top. Another member posted a review and commented that the instructions for the v-neck portion were good. Make sure you read the description on the free pattern to figure out how to download the instruction.

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Date: 1/23/10 4:53 PM

Very helpful! I'll give the hand stitching a try. Thanks!

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Date: 1/28/10 8:01 AM

Here's what I do, it ends with the binding crossing at the v:

Cut your neck binding a few inches longer than you need and fold/press in half lengthwise. Don't sew ends together to make a circle.
Stay stitch the point of the v from about 1.5" on either side of the v and clip the v point to the stitching. (I stitch a line of basting in a contrasting color down the center front at the vpoint so it is easier to see where to pivot at the v when sewing.) I pin the center of the neckband to the center back of the neck and then stitch the neckband to the shirt, stretching slightly as I go, starting and stopping about 1" from the point of the v. I then turn the neckband in to it's finished position(sometimes I serge the neck seam at this point), lay the shirt right side up on a table and cross the ends under the v point. I tuck the raw edges of the v point under and press and pin in place. Then I topstitch the neckband in place with either my sewing machine pivoting at the v. Or I use my coverstitch on my serger, starting and stopping close to the v point and then hand sew the point.

I hope this makes sense.

Judy

Here's a photo of the finished neckline:
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-- Edited on 1/29/10 8:42 AM --

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Date: 1/28/10 1:22 PM

Here's some information on how I sewed the vee when I made Vogue 8536.

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Date: 4/15/13 9:37 AM

Miss Fairchild has been helping me with a t-shirt v-neck and I think what you did is what she's been advising me to do but I got this far and then got stuck:

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stopping about 1" from the point of the v. I then turn the neckband in to it's finished position(sometimes I serge the neck seam at this point), lay the shirt right side up on a table and cross the ends under the v point. I tuck the raw edges of the v point under and press and pin in place. Then I topstitch the neckband in place with either my sewing machine pivoting at the v


I don't have a pattern for this neckline. I altered the neckline from a silhouette pattern because it was too high. I ended up with pretty much a v-neck. now I have to finish it somehow and just rolling under the 3/8" s/a doesn't seem like it's going to work without looking awful.

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I pin the center of the neckband to the center back of the neck and then stitch the neckband to the shirt, stretching slightly as I go,


are you doing this from the inside or outside? right side to right side. does my question make sense?

In other words - would you do all this from the outside - ribbing to outside of neckline - stitch - and then turn up the ribbing which makes the seam roll to the inside - then topstitch to hold the seam in place to the inside?

I'm probably making this harder than it has to be. just trying to get a mental picture.
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Date: 4/15/13 11:03 AM

Nancy, thank you so much, I read through your review - most helpful.

On the stay tape that you use.......I've had a years long habit of using a rotary cutter to slice strips of interfacing in 1/4, 1/2, and 1 inch widths to have on hand for stabilizing and reinforcing. Is using the stay tape you mentioned significantly different than using a narrow strip of an appropriate interfacing? Or, is it just a matter of convenience?

Trying to maintain some balance here and, if possible, minimize the product inventory in the sewing room. Yet, still looking to optimize the quality and appearance of finished garments.




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