Last week I vented my frustration with sewing a V-neck tshirt, and vowed to find a better/easier way to do it. I think a V-neck is feminine and flattering and I would hate to remove it from my repertoire just because it's hard. I decided to scour the internet and my favorite books and find the very best tutorials for sewing a V-neck.
First of all, there are quite a few different ways/looks that you can achieve and still technically be a V-neck. Facings, lapped neckbands, continuous neckbands, and mitered neckbands are the ones I came across during my search. Take a look at the following photos and links and choose the one that works best for you!
- Easy V-Neck Sewing Tutorial from The Sewing Rabbit
- "Mitered" V-neck binding from Cake Patterns (check out the Caveats for great tips)
- How to Sew a V-neck t-shirt by Seamwork Magazine
- Not a tutorial, but there are great directions in the instructions for the V-neck view of the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern.
This technique works better with a more gentle curve to the neckline, you can even try it with a scoop neck pattern.
In addition to these links, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube if that will work better for you. After doing this a few times I would highly recommend staystitching the V of the shirt, reinforcing the V with some scrap knit interfacing, and basting. Practice helps! And don't forget topstitching to help control unruly seam allowances.
Have you sewn a V-neck, or avoided it? What's your favorite method?