Thursday, February 20, 2014

Easy T-shirt Neckline for AG/18" Dolls

If there is one thing that I hate about making doll clothes, it would be that teeny, tiny curved neckline hem.  Especially on knits.  I just can't seem to get it to look the way I think it should.  So after much fuming and scheming and lying awake at night pondering, I finally came up with a solution.  That I like.  In fact, I like it so much and it is so ridiculously simple, I'm wondering why it took me so long to come up with it.

Warning: Please excuse my model-she is having a bad hair life.
 It's a neck band!  I know, duh, right?

 Wow, that picture makes that shirt look fuzzy!
 If, like me, the simple things in life still elude you, follow along.  If you are much smarter than me and have these kinds of things figured out already, well, get back to your sewing.
So, step one.  Find your favorite t-shirt pattern.  I'm using the free Liberty Jane trendy t-shirt which you can find here.  Cut that out along with a strip of fabric that is at least 1" wide and 12" long.  (On the top above the strip is 1" wide, on the t-shirt below the strip is 1 1/4" wide.  I don't recommend going any wider than that.)
Step 2.  Whenever you are ready to start working on your neck, line your strip long side up and right sides together along the neckline and stitch a 1/4" seam.
When you get to the end, you will probably have a little extra of your strip.  Just trim it off.  Better to have too much than too little.
Step 3.  Turn the bottom edge of your neck band up to meet the top edge of the neck band, wrong sides together, and stitch a 1/8" seam.
Step 4.  Give the seam a good press down.  That should be enough to hold it.  If it's not, or if you just like the look of topstitching, topstitch around the neck.  (I didn't, but here is a picture of what to do.)
Finish off your shirt and try it on.
I also used this method to make a knit dress with Molly's slip pattern, which is another free pattern that you can find here.  ( I used the sleeves from the t-shirt pattern for this.)