Briar Sewalong: Neckline Band

Today we’ll be covering how to add a neckline band – the most common neckline finish you’ll see on tshirts.

I think you’ll find it’s surprisingly easy. I just love sewing with knits!

Ready set go!

Fold your band in half length ways, and sew 5/8″ from the edge. press the seam flat

Now fold the band in half width ways, so that you encase the seam, and press

Sew your shoulder seams and press flat. Make sure you mark the neckline notches.

Make sure you mark the notches on the band with pins or chalk etc. Don’t worry if you forgot to mark before sewing – the notches are halfway between the centre front and the centre back (the seam you sewed). Easy peasy!

Pin the band to the neckline with raw edges lined up, and make sure that the notches on the band line up with the notch markings on the neckline. You will be pinning the band to the right side of the top (ie the outside)

You will note that the band is smaller than the neckline – as it should be!

You will now need to stretch the band and conform it to the curve of the neckline.

Now sew 1/4″ from the raw edge all the way around the neckline.

Press the band to set the shape and make sure it conforms to the curve correctly.

As a last step you can topstitch around the neckline to keep the seam flat. You can either sew on the top side, the band side or straddle the seam – i’ve seen it done all ways :)

Remember: you don’t need an overlocker or serger to sew with jersey. You can use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine, or a twin needle! For a refresher on sewing with stretch visit my quick guide




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  1. says

    I’m so excited about this top! My pattern has arrived, and my daughter gets home from bording school in a week. I will sew one up to her specifications (which will probably change between today and next week). Thanks for all the instructions!

  2. says

    How did you finish the neckline before turning it under? (it’s shown in photos 6 and 7 if countin down from the top, I think). Did you serge it or use a twin needle on your sewing machine? I can’t quite tell and would love to know as it looks like such a neat and professional finish! :-)

  3. melanie says

    Totally OT, but you look sooooo radiant and beautiful in this pic … “Serene” is the word that comes to mind …