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3 Techniques for V-Necklines in Knits

Three methods to help you get to the point
Threads #214, Summer 2021
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Add polish to a knit dress with a sharply mitered neckband. Pattern: author’s design. Fabric: polyester/spandex ponte knit, FabricMartFabrics.com.

V-necks are attractive because they highlight the wearer’s face and elongate the neck. With a change of accessories, a V-neck knit top or dress can easily be dressed up or down, making it a comfortable and useful wardrobe staple. However, V-necks in knits have the unfortunate reputation for being a hassle to sew well.

true miter v-neck

Over the last few years, as I have expanded my work wardrobe (composed mostly of dressy knitwear), I’ve developed a few methods to make perfect V-neck bands in knit fabrics. The first method, which I call the faux miter, bypasses the most difficult step of a V-neck band. The more traditional second method relies on preconstructing and inserting a true mitered band. The final method begins with an overlapped V point, which is inserted into the neckline. All three techniques yield equally nice results, so the choice is yours. As a bonus, these methods can…

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