Hello again so soon! Here is the tutorial I promised you. I must say it’s important to write when the inspiration hits and the opportunity presents itself. At this moment the whole household sleeps and I grab the chance to quickly show you how to make an unbelievably easy finished edge on just about any top. Now let me just say, this will not work on a completely round neckline. Plus you want to put some “give” or stretch in a round neckline. But this works perfectly for this open V concept because you want it to simply lay flat. ( this works for the arm hole as well if you do it before the side seam is sewn up)
#1 cut 1 inch extra length of fabric from edge of pattern along the neckline ( easy-peasy! no picture needed)
#2 fold fabric back 2 inches, right sides together, then fold it front 1 inch till the cut edge lines up with the folded edge
#3 You can measure and pin the whole length of the edge before you start to sew, or you can measure as you go
#4 Serge along the edge making sure to catch the folded edge along with the cut/raw edge
#5 And that it! Turn the edge out and iron if you like. You can even top stitch the serge seam flat against the inside if you want it to lay more flat. Personally I like the cleaner look of no hold seam.
Now here is the way to make a binding on the edge of a round neckline. This way works good for when you need it to stretch a little like on a T-shirt
#1 Cut a 1.5 inch strip of fabric against the grain for optimal stretch. Fold in half lengthwise with right side out.
#2 Lay binding on right side of fabric and line up the cut edge with the edge of your neckline.
#3 lightly pull on the binding as you serge. It will create an elastic effect and give you the perfect amount of hold/stretch you need for wearing.
#4 flip it out with and there you have it! The perfect T-shirt band.
And one more thing, if you ever have trouble telling the “right” side and “wrong” side of a solid color jersey fabric I like I did for the longest time, (and actually did it wrong on one arm hole of this dress!) here’s how to do it. The “right” side is slightly textured and you can see the "braid" of the fabric. The “wrong” side has more of a flat look. Hope this helps the fabricly challenged. (yes, I'm allowed to make up words as I go)