Monday, May 13, 2013

Fix a low neckline: adding a neckline binding to knits

fix a low neckline v-neck t-shirt tutorial
I've had this cute striped dip-dyed t-shirt for a while, but rarely wore it because the neckline was just too low.

I tried wearing a cami under it, but it felt a bit too bulky. A while back, I had even come up with a few different ideas for altering this low neckline, but in the end, nothing seemed right.

In an attempt to find something to wear the other day, I decided I'd take the time to fix the neckline as simply as I could. If I ruined it, it would still just be in the closet anyway, so nothing lost, right??


Fixing a low neckline on a t-shirt is really easy, especially after I stumbled upon the BEST video tutorial on adding a neckline binding to knits, which I promptly pinned to my Pinterest Sewing Tips Board!

She shows you how to pin and stretch your neckline binding at  just the right time to ensure your neckline doesn't bubble or gape. I could seriously hug this woman! She has taken the mystery out of altering t-shirt necklines forever!

To fix this v-neck, I first measured the existing neckline and cut a strip that size (you will end up cutting some off). I ended up just using the bottom hem from a dark blue t-shirt, but it was the equivalent of cutting a 2" strip and folding it over. 

fix a low t-shirt neckline with a strip of binding

To create the v-shape, I folded the middle of the strip in half (right sides together) and stitched on a diagonal.

Easy v-neck t-shirt alteration new neckline

When adding binding to your t-shirt neckline, the binding will be smaller than your neckline. Watch the Threads neckline binding tutorial to see how to measure and where to pin and stretch in all the right places! It seriously will change your life.

altering a t-shirt neckline using binding

After pinning and stretching and stitching in all the right ways, my neckline turned out just the way I hoped it would. Shocker!

fix a low neckline on a t-shirt by adding knit binding

Now I have one more thing to wear!
{the crowd cheers!}
And it looks like it could have easily been made that way from the beginning.
How's that for an easy breezy neckline?!

tutorial how to fix a low neckline

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  1. I am visitin you from Craftastic Monday/Sew Can Do. This is a great idea. I always see the opposite in trying to cut the neckline off. I am pinning this to my T-shirt restyling board. My post is about teaching children to sew in the form of a Summer Sewing Camp:

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Ana! Adding to an existing neckline worked better for me than cutting it off and trying to add a thicker piece. Hope it helps you too! :) By the way, I LOVE the idea of a summer sewing camp. Such a fun activity for kids!!

  2. Now why didn't I think of that! I've had so many problems with necklines and this is a perfect solution. Thanks for sharing. Going to pin thsi one

  3. This is cool. I love your idea. I would like to invite you to share your favorite projects/crafts/fashion/photography/recipes/humor/personal advice/blog tips and tricks at Pin It Monday Hop, It's a Pinterest Party (Link). Come over, have fun and get pinned. I hope to see you there.

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    1. Thanks for the invite Judy! I'll hop on over to your party!

  4. I have quite a few shirts that would benefit from this kind of update. Thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow my blog After all, we Shannon's need to stick together!

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