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BWOF problem.

MargieT | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi! I’m hoping someone can help me with a problem I’m having with BWOF 5/2006 pattern number 139.  The pattern is for a simple child’s t-shirt.  However, I have no idea of what they are talking about in applying rib trim to the neckline. Could someone please have a look and see if they can make sense of the instructions. Help!



  1. pandoraw | | #1

    I don't have that pattern, however this is how I put trim in t-shirts. ......(First - look at the rib trim on the neckline of a ready made t-shirt.   Most stores sell this trim by the inch, your pattern will tell you how much to buy.)  First, stay stitch around the neckline opeing of your shirt and set it aside - this will keep the opening from stretching as you handle it.  Now take the length of rib trim and lay it out flat, sew the short ends together and fold the trim in half along the length, wrong sides together so the seam is concealed in the fold.  Divide the circle of trim into quarters, now, take the neckline of the shirt and divide it into quarters like you did the trim. Mark the quarters with stright pins.  Next, with right sides together (and both unfinnished edges of the trim together) match the pins in the trim to the pins in to shirt  (You should have more shirt between the pins than you have trim. Using a stretch stitch or a small zig-zag sew the 3 layers together, with the trim seam in the back, stretching the trim to fit the neck opening.  As a nice finnish to the inside seam, press the seam allowance towards the body of the shirt and top stitch down.  Hope this has been helpful. 

    1. MargieT | | #2

      Thanks for the reply.  However, the problem is that here are snaps on both shoulders and I can'tunderstand  their description of how to deal with the rib trim at the shoulders.

      1. HeartFire2 | | #3

        can you print here what the directions say? then maybe we could help. This is also a time for you to 'think outside the box' and figure out how to do it on your own. You will feel so much more accomplished if you can make it work.

        1. MargieT | | #6

          Don't worry.   2 people have offered to help and I promise I will think `outside the square' next time. [If there is a next time].

          1. HeartFire2 | | #7

            >>>>I promise I will think `outside the square' next time. [If there is a next time].<<<<Please please, make sure there is a next time, don't give up. We're here to help when you need it.

          2. MargieT | | #8

            Obviously I took your comments the wrong way and you weren't being patronising. My mistake.

          3. HeartFire2 | | #9

            No, I was concerned about the "if there is a next time" I took that to mean you may give up on sewing!

  2. liselaure | | #4

    Hello Margie,

    I have the French issue of BWOF 5/2006. Pattern #139 is a jacket pattern so I guess you mean pattern #136. Here is what I understand.

    Before applying the neckline trim, fold the cut-on shoulder facings to the wrong side, baste and press. Trim the seam allowances from the neck edges. Fold the two pieces of trim in half lengthwise with wrong sides together and press. Unfold, bring the long edges of the trims to the creaseline, press. Unfold the trims, pin them along the neckline with right sides together (the ends of the trims will extend beyond the shoulder edges) and stich them along the outside creaseline. At the shoulder edges, fold the trims lengthwise along their center creaseline with right sides together and stitch them perpendicularly to the creaseline, along the shoulder edges. Unfold and turn the trims over to the wrong side. Baste them along the stitchline and edgestitch them. Lay the front shoulder edges over the back ones, baste all the layers together along the armholes and apply the sleeves.

    Hope it's clear enough.


    1. MargieT | | #5

      Thanks LiseLaure for your help.  I will try it tomorrow and let you know how I go.


    2. MargieT | | #10

      Hi LiseLaure,

      I followed your suggestions and it worked!  Thank you so much.  Next time I will give the instructions a miss and go with my instincts.


      1. liselaure | | #11

        Hello Margie,

        You are very welcome. I am glad it worked.


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