Another McCall’s 6992 With Knit Self Fabric Neckband


I’ve been doing a lot of knit sewing lately as you’ve probably noticed. . I’ve  used this  McCall’s 6992 raglan sleeved sweatshirt pattern again. So far I’ve sewn it up four times! In my opinion, it’s the perfect raglan sweatshirt pattern.  And I can sew it in less than an hour since I’ve already made it a few times. I’m transferring the pattern to manila with the few little adjustments I made.

However, I lost the pattern piece for the neckband. I always end up losing those little pattern pieces. Lily750

This top ended up being too small for me. But it looks great on my girl. Besides the long arms….McCall's 6993Sewing a neckband from the same knit fabric as the garment is a little different than sewing on a ribbed neckband. Today I’m sharing a simple method for a self fabric neckband

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Correction: 10 % smaller, not 100 % smaller.

When cutting a neckband from self fabric feel how stretchy the fabric is on the crossgrain. Cut the neckband on the stretchy cross grain. I make my neckbands about 10 percent smaller in length than ribbed neckbands which can be from 15 to 25 percent smaller than a neckband . For a one inch neckband, cut the band two inches plus add a 3/8 seam allowances on the top and bottom. Total width= 2  3/4Self Neckband2Blog

Divide the neckband into equal quarters. Since the neck is lower in the front, the quarter marks will be forward on the shoulders on the front. Divide the neckband into quarters by folding and mark with pins. Pin the neckband to the neckline. The neckband will be noticeably smaller.SelfNeckband3Blog SelfNeckBand4Blog Sew the neckband to the neckline. I put the  neckline on top and the neckband on the bottom. I stretch the top to the same length as the band while I sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. I like to sew the band first on my sewing machine, then finish the seam with my serger. I’ve ruined plenty of neckbands, so I’m a lot more careful now.SelfNeckband5750

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  1. Sue says

    I love these tutorials you are doing! And for some reason your 10% mistake of !00% cracked me up. 🙂 I think I am just tired and giddy!

  2. says

    Thanks! I just completed this pattern and had issues with the neckband. Will try your way next time.