Oh so many years ago, my preschool daughter would not wear a turtle neck at all. I get it, they are not my favorite either. It was the early 90’s, all I could find retail with long sleeves was a turtleneck, I took matters in my own hands.
I bought those turtle necks and cut the neck band down to one inch. Then stretched while sewing a tight zig zag over the edge. They ended up with a nice ruffle on the neckband, which we affectionately called “rufflenecks”. She loved them, I was happy she was warm. Now, she prefers to go sleeveless, but she has her own daughter and is old enough to figure her sleeve issues on her own. I love sewing for my grand baby!
In a recent pattern test, I made a couple muslins from some rib knit fabric scraps. Soft, stretchy, and perfect for getting over a baby noggin. Mid sew, I was taken back further in my memory to the 70’s and a cropped tank that was my favorite. It had a ruffled hem, and I was the boss of everything when I wore it, or at least I thought.
I sewed the seams and bands with this stitch. Visit my post Adding bands to tiny armcyes for tips on that part.
The rib I had was kind of thin, so I opted to serge the edge, and then turn it and hem with a shell stitch on my Bernina.
1 I chose this stitch with the widest width, and shortened the stitch.
2. I tightened the tension to a 9 out of 10, and
3 rolled the fabric twice and hemmed. It is easy to roll over a serged edge.
If this stitch looks familiar, it is the mirror image of the blind stitch that I used in this post.
The pattern I used for this little yellow confection is a the Sara tank from 5 out of 4 patterns, this post contains affiliate links, they cost you nothing to use, and encourage me to write more posts like this. I hope you find this useful.
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Happy Sewing! Joan
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