Next choose your fabric; the fabric I'm using is a cotton/lycra blend with a dot print. It has good recovery and the recommended amount of stretch; it's also fresh and summery.
My method doesn't come from the Ottobre mag or from Kwik Sew; it's just what I've ended up doing after following their instruction before now and choosing what worked best for me.
Now, in my machine arsenal I have a sewing machine (2 actually), an overlocker and a coverhem. It is possible to sew with just the sewing machine, but I really do recommend an overlocker as well if you can manage it. On this t-shirt I only used the sewing machine once.
|First step for me is to turn up the hems. I normally sew a 1"(2.5cm) hem but turn up 1 1/4" to ensure that my hem is properly caught on the wrong side.|
|At the end I sew off onto a scrap piece of fabric, I then cut the threads between the t-shirt and the scrap. I then leave the scrap under the foot for the next start.|
|Making sure the tape, front and back shoulder seam are even, and right sides together get ready to stitch. You could pin it, but for such a short and straight seam I don't bother. That and when using my overlocker the less pins the better.|
|Start overlocking. If using your sewing machine for this you'll need to use the machine's overlocking stitch; or failing that stretch or zig-zag will also work.|
|Whoops, the twill tape moved towards the blades a bit here, however it will still do it's job and the fabric did not move so all is well.|
|see, pins together on top of eachother|
|and you can see as the fabric moves along the halfway point is onto the front, past the shoulder seam. Mark this with a pin too. Do the same on the other side; you now have 4 pins in your neckline dividing it into quarters.|
|Now, just like on the t-shirt I'm putting those 2 pins one on top of the other and the far edges are the other 2 quarter marks. Place a pin on each.|
|Here we are with 4 pins; doesn't look like much at the moment, but....|
|Now we match the pins on the binding to the pins on the garment; be very careful to make sure that your seam on the binding is matched to the centre back; I've done it wrong once and I don't recommend it unless you like undoing sewing; I don't, lol.|
|If you wanted to you could use your coverhem to make the seam lie flat, but I've never found it to be a problem when I'm wearing them. Now look at that, a nice smooth neckline all finished; that's the hardest bit over in my opinion.|
|You can see here the 3 pins I use. One at the side seam, one at the shoulder seam, and one at the notch.|
|Making sure your raw edges stay together and if need be slightly stretching to fit, carefully sew around the sleeve seam, removing pins before you get to them again; make sure all notches are in the right places.|
|There, nice smooth seam. Best part, you're almost done!|
|Isn't it lovely? It sits better on me, cos unlike Bonnie here I don't have gaps in my middle. I think I might possibly have to use some batting to fix that problem.|