- Before sewing the shoulder seams, trim the neck edge down to ¼"
- Fuse stay tape over seam lines, measuring the required length from the paper pattern to ensure the knit fabric doesn't stretch
- Sew the shoulder seams
- Clip the CB and mark the CF with a dot. Clip into dot by about ⅛".
- Mark the neckline at ¼ intervals.
Prepare the neck band
- Measure the neck line at the ¼" stitching line
- Cut the band with cross-wise stretch, 2-3" wide x (length of neckline - 2") - slightly more for stable knits, slightly less for e.g.. stretch mesh
- Fold band in half, lengthwise, WS together and press. Sew raw edges together at ¼". Break stitches if it gathers.
- Form a loop with the cut ends overlapping and forming a V. Sew the two edges of the lower V together at ⅛". Mark the V on the neck band at ¼" with a dot.
- Mark the neck band at ¼ intervals.
Apply the neck band
- With RS together, apply band to neckline, matching dots.. Sew out from the dot at ¼", either side for about an inch away.
- Match the other points on the neck band/neck edge, stretching the neck band to fit and sew.
- Sew the band in place with the neckline on top, using the stay stitching line as a guide and sewing ⅛" inside this (forms a ¼" seam), starting and finishing at the V.