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« on: November 15, 2008 04:24:32 PM »

I am really under a time crunch to get 8 smocks sewn for a play my daughter is in. They are supposed to be "beautician" type smocks for an Emerald City scene. I need them to be one size fits all and pull on quickly so I wanted to make the neckline rounded with a V-slit as shown to fit over all kinds of heads.

What I want to do is simply turn back the edges of the "V" and hem, but how do I finish the point of the V? It seems like it will be a stress point and if I simply turn and stitch the straight edges, the point will be unfinished and prone to tearing. I really don't have time to face the whole thing, is there some other way?  Thank you for any help!


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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2008 04:47:18 PM »

Bias tape?
Seems to be the simplest solution to me.
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2008 12:51:22 AM »

Hmm, here's what I would do, on a whim:

Open up the V so it's lying flat -- point's in the middle; it's making a straight line all the way across.

Fold it over to the back and stitch, all the way along.

Reshape it into a V, and probably tack the bottom -- there's probably some overlapping necessary. then Done!

Bias tape is also clearly a possibility, but I don't know if that qualifies as taking too long.

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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2008 04:30:33 AM »

I would just open up the V so it is in a straight line and just use a satin stitich or serge the edge in a matching color.  If they are not going to be used again in a performance, that would be the easiest route.  On stage, no one will be able to tell that it is not "truly hemmed".   Good luck and let us know what you decided.   
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2008 08:01:35 AM »

The best way to do THAT type of v-neck is by making a quick neck facing.  You should also NOT cut the V slice in them until the facing is sewn on.  To do so you need to lay the shirt pattern out, and trace the top neckline and all of the V.  Then make your facing's finished line 1 1/2" - 2" longer than this.  Cut out your facings, interface them with a fusible if you have time, and serge the raw outside edges.  If you don't have a serger then you can edge stitch with a machine instead.  Now, pin the facing to the garment, right sides together.  Sew around the neck edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.  When you get to the V stitch closer to the line, but still leave yourself about 1/8" S.A. and stopping the machine at the point of the V, and pivoting with the needle down to go back up.  A few back stitches on each side of this pivot are a good idea.   Now clip the neckline curves, and cut your V slash along the line, very close to, but not through the stitching.  Flip your facing to the inside and iron flat.  If you have the time, top stitch 1/8" in on the outside to help stabalize the V.  If you assembly line style them, it shouldn't take you too long to do all 8 like this.  You can also pull in unskilled labor to help you pin along the edges and do the ironing for you, so you can sit at the machine and pound them out!
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2008 09:51:52 AM »

Thank you! I bumbled along last night with 2 of them before I saw responses, I stitched 5/8" inside the V as reinforcement, then flipped the edges of the V back and stitched, and zigzag/faux bar tacked the bottom. It's not a super approach, thank goodness for the 30-foot rule - no one will see it! But they do need to hold up for future performances, they will belong to the theater, so I think I will try folding in a straight line and overlapping the way suggested on the others. I wish I had time for bias tape or facing but this is my last day to work on them and I've got no assistance, skilled or otherwise, LOL. jennieingram, I can see that is how my sample smock from another show was done, I wasn't sure but when I read your instructions I can see that's exactly how they did it. But the theater didn't give me my assignment until I had only 3 days to purchase fabric and sew them all, so they said however I could get them done was ok. Smiley

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