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the inside out neckline finish

[photography by Sabatomic]

One of the many things i love about stretch fabrics is that you can break the rules a bit. You can skip the hemming! You can skip seam finishes! It’s pretty liberating. And sometimes, i just like experimenting a doing things a little differently for fun. Which is how i ended up with this neckline finish!

I love that it’s a little rough looking. A little unfinished. A little edgy. I really want to try this on some different styles like perhaps a terry jersey Briar sweatshirt. (You can tell it’s getting cold i Perth because my mind is all about sweaters! )

Ok so, if you’d like to try out my Inside Out Neckline, here we go!

The inside out neckline finish / 1 of 4The inside out neckline 2 of 4The inside out neckline 3 of 4The inside out neckline

This is basically just like my Easiest Knit Neckline, except that instead of turning the raw edges of the neckline in towards the inside of the garment, you turn the raw edges outwards so that they are exposed.

Start by folding 1/2? outwards towards the right side of the garment. Sandwich some fusible hemming tape in between the fabric folds, press it in place to help it to conform to the curve, and then topstitch using either a twin needle or a zig zag stitch. That is it. I know. FAST!

I really love how this turned out! I feel like it works really well with the roughness/casualness of this crop top. I really want to try this on a terry sweatshirt, i think the different textures of the fabric would look really cool!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Ali Benko
9 years ago

Thanks for the quick tutorial! This will come in handy for me, The number one alteration request I get from friends is making event t-shirts into tanks so they are more wearable, the fusible hemming tape is such a cool and quick trick for that. I will definitely be using it next time!