The neckline of a new t-shirt shape I'm working on called THE LONG SKINNY can be finished in either of two ways. Personally I prefer the version where the cuffs and hem are left raw and the neckline is finished with a rolled jersey binding, however if you're after a more polished finish, the cuffs and hem can be twin needled and the neckline finished with a basic jersey binding.
Binding a neckline with a double layer of jersey is a fairly basic technique and a good one to master. Here's how you do it...
1. Firstly you need to join the back and front at the shoulder seams, press the seams toward the front.
2. Measure around the neck opening (neck circumference), it's easier to handle if you fold the garment in half. Multiple this measurement by .85, add seam allowance and then cut a strip of fabric in this length x 4.5cm in width.
3. With right sides together, overlock the ends of the neckband together to form a loop.
4. Fold the band in half, wrong sides together and press.
5. Divide the neckline and the neckband into four equal parts marking each point with a pin or chalk mark. Pin the neckband to the neckline with right sides together so the four points correspond.
6. Working from the right side of you t-shirt overlock the neckband to the neckline stretching the band evenly to fit; the neckline should not be stretched. This should be done slowly and carefully, don't rush!
7. Press the seam allowance toward the body of the garment and you're all done.
The pattern for THE LONG SKINNY will be released shortly.