Learn to Make a Vintage-Inspired Neckband
In a recent issue of Threads (#180, Aug./Sept. 2015), Judith Neukam shows how to re-create lovely vintage details on blouses. One of the blouses includes a bias neckband, which is joined to the garment with a ladder-like fagoting stitch.
|This delicate feature is easy to do yourself, whether or not you decide to include the spoked circle insets. Here's how.|
1. Prepare the band. Cut a contrasting bias strip for the front neckline. The finished neckband should be 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch wide, so start with a strip 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches wide. It should be at least as long as the neckline circumference; you'll cut off any excess later. With right sides together, fold it in half lengthwise and sew 1/4 inch from the fold with a narrow and short zigzag stitch. Pull the strip to remove most of the stretch as you sew it. Turn it right side out and press it with the seam on the outside curve. Press the curve to match the original neckline seam.
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