I’ve decided that i’m officially designating Tuesdays for tutorials. I’ll do my best to share something every week, maybe something from me or maybe something I tried and loved.
So today we are going to talk about v-necks. I’m not sure why but it doesn’t seem like many kids patterns offer a v-neck option. I think its a nice addition to the wardrobe and it adds a little variety especially when you can use any pattern you might have already and make a small adjustment.
1) Cut out your the front piece for whatever pattern you want to use. (I’m using the Tummy Topper from Burlap Button)
2) Starting at the corner of the shoulder, use a straight edge to cut a line from the shoulder to approximately 1.5-2″ from the original neckline. (this can vary on personal preference)
3) Stitch along the newly formed v about 1″ up each side 1/4″ from the edge.
4) Make a small snip being careful not to cut through the stitches you just made.
5) Stitch the shoulders seams and then fold right sides together so the shoulder seams are matching. This is the easiest way to determine how long to cut the binding. I use an 85% rule on V-necks. So this is 20″ (10″x2) so i’m making the binding 17″
6) press the binding wrong sides together (long edges matching) and then match short ends and mark the middle. Also mark the middle of the back of the neck on the shirt.
7) Pin or clip the back center of the shirt to the middle of the binding to ensure its attaching evenly.
Starting with the binding extended about 3/4″ past the V, begin attaching the binding. I prefer to do this with my machine vs my serger and I normally use the triple stitch to allow stretch (#6 on my machine)
9) Stitch all the way around the neckline, stretching evenly.
10/11) Stop, leaving approx 1/2″ more than the width of the binding.
12) Flip the binding so that the right side is showing on the left and take the end from the right and tuck it into the gap that we left when you stopped stitching.
You may want to pin or clip now to hold that in place.
Start top-stitching (also using a stretch stitch) beginning at the center of the back, down both sides of the V, pivoting at the corner and back stitching when you meet back at the back.
Huge thank you to Hallå Fabrics for sponsoring this post with the gorgeous Shalmiak So Sweet fabric they provided. European fabrics are not only GOTS organic certified but are some of the softest knits I use. They have a great stretch and are always beautiful vibrant colors. You can find the one I used here but be sure to browse around too because you’re bound to find a few more that you can’t be without! (I know I can, haha!)
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