In this tutorial, I am going to show how you can sew a v-neck easily. The v-neckline, which looks like the “v” alphabet, is an extremely popular neckline. It looks flattering for most body shapes, and it’s a favorite too because of how it makes the upper torso look elongated. Luckily, there are many ways of adding a v-neckline to your top or dress. Here are some of them –
#1 – Simple Facing V-Neck
This is the most common way of stitching a v-neck. It also gives a very clean finish.
For sewing this, you need to cut a facing for the v-neck. Mark the neckline on the facing. Place it on the bodice then. Sew it in place after placing on the front bodice. Cut the extra. Trim the seam allowance to 1:4 inch. Clip the seam after every inch, proceeding to the V’s tip. Make sure that there is no puckering at the time when you are turning the neckline right.
It’s a good idea to under stitch the seam allowance to the facing. This way, the facing will roll easily to the back, and then turn to the other side. Attach an iron to the facing cloth, and your v-neck will have a nice structure.
#2 – V-Neckline Binding
Use bias strips to bind it – this is a very easy way of finishing a neckline. But when you are working on a v-neckline, you have to manage the v-tip, as the cloth can bunch up awkwardly or there can be puckering.
Here’s a way of doing it. Cut the bodice, making sure that the neckline can accommodate the binding’s extra width. In this picture, you see an 8 inch wide neckline. Join the back and front bodices at the shoulder seams.
Now measure the biding piece around the finished neckline of the bodice. For instance, if you have 24, add 5 inches to it. So you have to cut the binding at 29 inches. The width depends on you. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowance.
Take the cut fabric piece and fold it by the middle. The right side should be out. Align the middle of the binding strip to the center back of the bodice. Now you have to attach this to the neckline from the center back.
Stay stitch the tip of the v-neckline with a stitching line. It can be 1/4 inch from the edge. Cut the V tip seam allowance to the stitching line. Keep attaching the binding till the v tip is on either side. Press down the seam allowance to make sure that the binding is exactly at the desired place.
Turn the binding’s bottom edges inside. At the v tip, fold the top binding to the inside. Now, finish the seam allowance with a zig zag or serger stitch.
#3 – Adding a Collar to the V-Neck
A band collar can be made and sewed to the v-neckline easily. For this, you need to make a facing for the v-neckline. Once done, you have to top it with the collar.