Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Techniques: Sewing a Bias-Bound V-Neck

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I showed how to make a bias-bound round neck in this post, here's just a quick update on what to do differently when you're sewing a V-shaped neckline.

TOOLS:
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Fabric (for a sleeveless top 1 m is plenty)  |  Scissors  |  Thread & Sewing machine  |  Pins

I. Here's what I started with. The first step is to pin our shoulders together and finish the seams so your neckline is in one piece.
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II. Once that's done, stay stitch around your neckline (just sew a regular straight stitch about 0,5 cm from the edge). This prevents any distortion while working and adds stability to the area.
 photo 2 Stay stitch_zpsz4lpi4cn.jpg
III. Start pinning the bias tape on the right side, by first folding it as shown below, and making sure the opened crease is just below your stay stitch.
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IV. When you get to the bottom of the V, pin slightly past it:
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.. And then fold and pivot the bias tape to continue pinning back up the other side of the V:
 photo 5 Pivot and fold_zpsmopnvdnn.jpg
V. When you get back to where you started, overlap the bias tape with your starting point by about 1 cm.
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VI. Sew a straight stitch right along the crease of the bias tape:
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VII. Then fold the bias tape in half, and fold again to turn it onto the reverse side of the fabric. Pin in place as you go.
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.. This is what it will look like on the reverse:
 photo 9 Pinned on reverse_zps7wajicg2.jpg
VIII. When you get to the V, before folding, make sure you clip the bottom of the V like this to avoid puckering:
 photo 10 Clip the V_zpsafbi7yx1.jpg
.. And just fold the bias tape around the bottom of the V neatly like this:
 photo 11 Pinned V_zpsno0kmn6y.jpg
IX. Finally, top stitch all around your neckline on the right side to get a nice, clean finish. Press well, and you're done.
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xo,

Julia

3 comments:

  1. Thanks Julia this is just what I was looking for a week ago. I just completed a top with a V-neck and had to finish it with a facing because I didn't know of this technique. It looks very neat I will try it very soon.

    Thanks again

    Hyacinth

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  2. Thanks Julia this is just what I was looking for a week ago. I just completed a top with a V-neck and had to finish it with a facing because I didn't know of this technique. It looks very neat I will try it very soon.

    Thanks again

    Hyacinth

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    1. Hi Hyacinth! Happy to hear you found it useful:) Happy sewing!!

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