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« on: September 01, 2008 08:36:35 PM »

So, I finally figured out how to make a knit playdress, but the ribbing for the neckline is a S.O.B.!!!! Is there an easy way to do this?? I pinned it to death, but my stitching is just sad, sad, sad...Help!!
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008 02:10:21 AM »

What exactly is it doing?  Bunching, waving, eneven?

« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 09:03:10 AM »

Waving, big time! I actually attached it all and the actual binding is on there straight (mostly!  Wink) but, the actual stitching is a mess! I sewed the shoulder seams first and then tried the neck binding...I have another pattern that says to sew one shoulder, do binding and then stitch other shoulder, but i didn't really 'get' that??
I just want simple knit dresses--but I think that I am making it harder than it should be!!
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008 09:07:11 AM »

BTW, I am using Ottobre 3/08, pattern 12.
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008 08:47:45 PM »

Be sure to stretch the ribbing, but not the neckline, as you sew it on. . .Sometimes just steaming the neckline when you're done can make it look better, too.  Smiley

There's a great tute here with step-by-step photos:  http://sewinspired.blogspot.com/2007/07/t-shirt-bound-neckline-tutorial.html.  (There's also a tute for a T-shirt neckband, which personally I've found a lot easier than binding!  Smiley
I have another pattern that says to sew one shoulder, do binding and then stitch other shoulder, but i didn't really 'get' that??

If you do it that way, you don't sew the ends of the ribbing together first--you just attach the strip of ribbing to the open neckline, then sew the second shoulder seam to close the neckline.  So the second shoulder seam continues *through* the ribbing, if that makes sense?
« Last Edit: September 02, 2008 08:51:41 PM by holly1021 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2008 12:00:38 PM »

If it's waving only where you're using the binding (i.e. hems, seams etc are fine), I'd agree that you need to make sure that the shirt neck isn't being stretched even through you are stretching the ribbing (lot o' pins  Angry ).  If it's waving all over the place, your settings and needle maybe need to change.

« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2008 08:08:01 AM »

HTH I had the same problem and I had a pattern that said to stay stitch the neckline before you add the ribbing and it was MUCH easier.  Smiley  I also agree the stretch ONLY the ribbing and not the neckline.
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