Hi friends, I’m going to share some ugly truths behind my careless execution of a knit neckline, and an idea for a cover up of said faulty execution. The moral: you don’t always have to rip your seams for a sewing error; cover it up.
Fabric: Gorgeous navy/white striped knit from Sew Much Fabric . I bought it as part of my Neon Spring Wardrobe Plan to tone down the neon part. More about that progress in a future post.
Pattern: Much used Renfrew top by Sewaholic Patterns .
The mess up:
Careless application of the neckband where the stripe is unevenly sewn is quite obvious in the photo above. Alas.
The cover up: Hey, look! I had a stretch plastic sequin braid in my box of seemingly-useless-sewing-stuff.
On close inspection (photo below), the sequins are incorporated into a stretchy woolly nylon braid.
After a bit of manipulating with steam to give it a curve, it was hand sewn to the neckline for camouflage. It’s now utterly glam!! Notes (warnings) to remember: 1) Never apply an iron directly to a plastic or nylon braid. Ever. 2) Do not attempt to sew it down using a sewing machine; needles will break.
Behind the glam:
So, how does one maintain the stretch factor in the neckline? By using a hand-sewing diagonal stitch using the same direction as the overcast stitch. Except, we’re not overcasting an edge here but attaching a stretchy braid to a stretchy knit and therefore maintaining the stretch factor.
Done! Kinda messy from the inside but it’s utterly glam from the outside — and that’s what really matters in our daily, frequently-used wearables.
Beginning of the Neon Spring Wardrobe Plan…. the coral ponte pants (fabric from Sew Much Fabric) and the first neon bright item. More to come.
Have a safe summer, friends!