Tshirts are one of the most versatile pieces. They are great for dressing up and dressing down. Vneck tees are great for adding some visual interest to an otherwise basic solid colored tee. I love wearing vneck tees. It makes me feel dressed up even though I’m wearing a comfortable tee. Learning how to sew a vneck is a great skill, and once learned it can be used on almost any scoop neck tee pattern. I used the Cara Maternity tshirt sewing pattern for this tutorial and to make my maternity vneck tee, but this can be applied to any tee pattern like the Briar or Mini Briar sewing patterns.
Tracing paper or interfacing
Trace the front pattern piece. Instead of tracing the curved neckline, bring the front down about an 1″ into a “V”. Label the new pattern piece with all the important information. Cut the paper pattern out.
Cut out all the pattern pieces from your fabric as the pattern instructs: one front, one back, two sleeves. Additionally, cut out a neckband. The neckband should measure 80% of the neckline length by 2″ tall. For example, my size small neckband was 22″ by 2″.
Cut a triangle out of the short edge. Sew right sides together with a straight stitch 1/4″ from the cut edge. Follow the line of the triangle you cut out.
Fold the neckband in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. On the “V” edge sew 1/8″ from the edge about 1″ on each side of the seam. This will enclose the seam allowance and keep your layers from shifting.
On the front pattern piece sew with a straight stitch 1/4″ from the “V” edge. Cut a slit in the very center of the “V” without cutting through the stitching.
Divide the neckline into four equal sections and mark with pins. Make sure one pin is at the center front, the “V”.
Divide the neckband into four equal sections and mark with pins. Make sure one pin is at the center front, the “V”.
Match up the four pins of the neckline and the neckband. Make sure you match up the center fronts, the “Vs”, and the center backs.
The “V” is a little tricky because the two shapes are opposite of each other. The slit makes the neckline open to match the neckband. Make sure the center fronts are matched well. When you are sewing, you’ll need to swing the excess fabric out of the way; you can see how my finger is holding the excess out of the way.
Starting at the center back, sew with a stretch stitch 3/8″ from the edge. You’ll need to stretch the neckband slightly to fit the neckline as you sew.
When you get to the front where you sewed the reinforcing straight stitch on the neckline, switch to a straight stitch. Stop with the needle in the fabric at the center front just under the slit which should correspond with the seam on the neckband and pivot.
Sew up the other side of the “V” and then switch back to a stretch stitch to finish the seam.
Topstitch the seam away from the neckband with a straight stitch.
Press well which will get rid of most of the wavy seams.
Construct the rest of the shirt according to the pattern instructions.