How To Sew A V Neck
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- If you’re using this tutorial on a dress like mine, you’ll need to cut 2 strips of about 2 1/2″ in width, with the length matching the actual V in your dress, without the back of the neckline. Fold each in half. I like to serge the raw edges so the fray won’t get in my way as I pin and sew the strips to the dress. If you don’t have a serger, use a zig zag stitch. For a dress like mine you won’t need to have the front and back pieces of the dress already joined at the shoulders, to be able to sew the v neck band.
- If you’re making a full V neck, you’ll need to cut a full band that matches the whole neckline (v neck plus the back of the neckline) and the same width as above. In this case, you’ll need to have the front and back pieces of the t-shirt/dress joined at the shoulders.
- Take the front piece of your dress and stay stitch the V with contrast thread and with a 1/4″ allowance.
- Clip the V, down to the stay stitching. Go as close as you can get but be careful not to go through the stitch! This will help you open up the seam allowance in the v neck so when you install the neck band/strips you’ll get a clean V point at the bottom of the V
- Take the 2 fabric strips and overlap them, with the folded edges facing the inside. Pin the strips and stay stitch the bottom of the neck band (the raw edges) using contrast thread.
- Place the front of the dress right side up.
- Take the neck strips and match the stay stitch in these with the stay stitch in the v neck of the dress (in other words, V’s should match). Pin these V’s but only to line these up, don’t go up and down with the pin. This pin is going to hold the neck band to the dress while you are pinning the neck band onto the dress. It will also allow you to pivot the neck band when pinning
- Start pinning the neck band to the dress on either side, then pivot and pin the other side. If you’re sewing a v neck into a dress like mine, at this point you can take the dress to the sewing machine and sew down the neck band with a 1/4″ allowance. If you’re sewing a full V neck band, you’ll need to twist the band a little at the top to match the back of the t-shirt or dress, pin that area too then sew down.
- Remove any visible stay stitch, if any.
- That’s all! We’re pretty much done!
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