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Scrub tops

Sandy | Posted in General Discussion on

I am making scrub tops for my granddaughter.  I am using McCalls 9123 as a pattern. I experienced great difficulty with the neck inset.  I followed the instructions carefully but still it is not perfect.  Any suggestions?   Is there a better technique or pattern that I could try?

I also don’t like the pattern’s use of a back neck facing–I think I will use a bias strip to finish the neck edge of the next one.

 I have sewn for more than 30 years–I don’t consider myself an expert but am a capable sewer.




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    Becky-book | | #1


    I have made several scrubs for my son-in-law using Simplicity 7052.(bought a few years ago)  One difference I noticed is the shoulder yoke in my pattern; the back is two pieces (upper & lower) and the yoke is cut twice (one for facing).

    Did you have trouble with the V in front? I think that I did not follow the directions in my pattern for that; it was at least 2 years ago and the details fade......


    1. Sandy | | #2

      Thanks Becky.  I did try and follow the instructions with the pattern for the V neck--without great success.  After about the 3rd attempt the result is passable but I'm not happy with it.

      1. DONNAKAYE | | #3

        Sandy, I am not familiar with the pattern instructions, but all V-necks that I can think of off the top of my head are pretty much constructed the same way, as follows:

        Staystich the V-neckline directionally at 1/2".  Then come back and run a tiny line of stitching (say, 10 or 15 stitches per inch) at the V just inside of the staystitching line (but still inside the 5/8" stitching line), starting about an inch or an inch and-a-half above the point of the V on one side of the neckline of the garment, down to just a few stitches shy of the point.  Stop, pivot, stitch a few stitches across (no more than about 1/8") the point of the V, stop, pivot, go up the other side for about another inch or inch and-a-half.  Slash down to the two points of the pivot in a "Y" fashion, up to the horizontal line of stitching of the V.

        Lay the joined (staystitched) neckline trim down on the cutting table right side up with the V marking visible.  Key and match the neckline of the garment, right side down onto the right side of the neckline trim, on one side of the neckline only.  Place a single pin at the termination point of the first leg of the Y close to the marking on the neckline trim.  DO NOT OPEN THE FABRIC "Y" AT THIS POINT.  THE NECKLINE OF THE GARMENT MUST LAY PERFECTLY FLAT FOR THIS STEP.

        Stitch from shoulderline down to pin at 5/8" and lock the stitch.

        Join other neckline seam in the same fashion.  NOTE:  The bottom of the "Y" (i.e., the horizontal line of stitching) is NOT STITCHED ONTO THE NECKLINE TRIM.  This is the trick!  When you are finished, there will be a tiny little hole at the V.  The triangular little piece is then stitched down from the wrong side, much like the ends of a bound buttonhole.  Make sense?

        1. Sandy | | #4

          Thank you Donna!!  I will try it tonight.  Sandy

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