To measure neckband length (for knits only)
Fold neckline, shoulder seams together and lay neckline flat so you can see front and back.
Use tape measure 'standing up" to measure curve of neckline. Make sure you are measuring on the "seam allowance line" and not neck edge. (Photo below)
Once you get that measurement (mine was 12.5"), fold the tape measure in half to get the total neckline measurement (mine is 25", photo below).
Using a calculator, take that total measurement and multiply it by 12.25%, then press the equal (=) sign. Use that measurement (you may have to round it) to subtract from your total neckline measurement and this is your new neckband length. Example:
25 Total Neckline Length
x12.25% Then equal sign (using a calculator)
3.0 Rounded from 3.0625
25 Total Neckline Length
- 3.0 Minus adjustment
22 Neckband length (neckband width is 1-1/2")
Cut your new neckband using the new measurement...mine is 22" long by 1-1/2" wide:
Tip: When sewing the neckband seam, sew in a "wide V" so the neckband will lay flat.
Press your neckband in half as you normally would and mark your "4 corners" on both neckband and neckline of top as you normally would. However, I found that just marking the center front and back of both the neckband and top neckline work best for this process! I ease everything else in from here...
Sew your neckband on to your top in a 1/4" seam, then press the seam down towards top...
*Disclaimer Notice, I am not perfect nor am I an expert! LOL!*...in my haste to create this picture tutorial for you all, I stitched the center back seam of the neckband to the front of the tee shirt! Newbies, see even we experienced sewers make mistakes too! However, as you can see, I ended up with a perfectly "Flat" neckband! (And it works this way every time!). You can edge stitch the neckband seam down towards the top if you like, it's optional.
I hope this process helps you get that nice flat neckline on your tee shirts too! It's worked for me so many times...thank you Andrea!
On another note, I will be hosting a Workout Gear challenge with the Sew Much Talent (GR) group on facebook for the month of February. This Tuesday, January 31, I will be featured in "That Sewing Blab" on Crowdcast, discussing the Workout Gear Challenge. If you're available, please join in the conversation! Information and link are below:
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