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Date: 4/28/12 5:45 PM

This is my first ever post!

I hope you all can help me. I am making a rayon knit tshirt for my daughter. Self binded neck, sleeves and bottom edge. Batwing style, no pattern, copied from another shirt she has.


The bottom banding turned out great, but the neck is throwing me. I stitched the binding on, serged around to finish the edge and did a double needle topstitch since I do not have a cover stitch serger.

anyway the neck line is driving me crazy. Here is what the front looks like and I noticed the back has done that too. Can anybody tell me why and how to fix it?
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Date: 4/28/12 6:32 PM

Based on some of my tops, I think you have stretched the neck out.

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Date: 4/28/12 6:43 PM

Did you stay stitch the neckline first? Did you stretch the band enough as you sewed it on? You might be best to trim off the band, press things back into shape and start again.

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Date: 4/28/12 6:48 PM

Not sure about the fix, but I'm fairly sure you probably need to cut your neck size smaller than the rest of your pattern next time.

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Date: 4/28/12 7:10 PM

Aside from the problem, looks great. When you transition fron a straight grain cut into a rounded neckline, some aspects of working with fabrics on the bias will kick in. Stay stitching on the seam line or really, really close to the seam line before doing anything else with the fabric should have prevented this.

Lots of threads here on stay stitching can be found by using the Search Board function to the upper right. You do not need to fill in the name of a poster to use that function. Blank is just fine.

Some fabrics are so easy to stretch when they have been cut that I use one or two rows of gathering stitches instead of a single row of stay stitching. Then I can lay the fabric against the pattern and use the gathering stitches to ease back in anything that stretched out while cutting and handling the fabric.

In your case, you could run the little gathering (or easing) stitches and then have your daughter try on the top and do the easing in on her.

You could....
Pull out the seam ripper, reshape the stretched out areas and reapply the bias edging.

Run a couple of rows of stitching for easing as described above, then cut off the neck edging, reshape the neckline and apply a new piece of bias edging to achieve a flat but lower neckline.

Not as pretty, but you could stitch in a little dart, front and back, to mimic a tiny v-neck.

For a less visible seam, I often use very narrow pieces of fusible interfacing instead of stay stitching. Not appropriate for your neckline, just something to tuck away for future projects.

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Date: 4/28/12 7:15 PM

Sometimes giving the neck or stretched out area a really good steam pressing will help. Use lots of steam and the highest heat the fabric will take. Steam and lift, not back and forth, and see if that will help.
When attaching the binding in the future try not to stretch the shirt fabric and only stretch the binding. It takes a little practice but worth it.

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Date: 4/28/12 7:16 PM

This is a discussion by Judy Barlup on how to correct this, both in a finished shirt and also while constructing one. She uses fusible bias tape and gently eases the gape. Might be worth trying....

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Date: 4/29/12 12:11 PM

thank you so much everybody. I am going to try taking off the neck band and trying again. I will have to see which one of your suggestions work the best. When I am done, if it doesn't end in the bin, I will post a picture

thanks again

Jill

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Date: 4/29/12 2:49 PM

well I fixed it and it didn't end up in the bin. Now whether or not the Daughter will actually wear it, that is the question. but here is a pic of the neck line. Lies flat. I put in 2 rows of stay stitching and then a row of ease and a smaller neck band. and did not stretch the shirt when I sewed it.

anyways, thanks for all the suggestions You Ladies Rock!!!!

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Date: 4/29/12 7:03 PM

Awesome!

Maybe there should be a skill level called

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