Sewing Tutorials

Top Stitching Center Front Seam Allowance - Signature Box Top

With wrong side of garment facing up, press center front seam flat. Starting at bottom of shirt, top stitch 3/8''from center front. 3/8'' is a design aesthetic choice, but also a nice width to secure center front seam allowance to bodice. Take your time at the back tack at the neckline (I try to back tack right on top of first stitch to keep it looking clean), I back tack about 3 stitches, and forward again 3 stitches for this step).  Start at top of neckline on other side and continue stitching top stich 3/8'' from center front: Trim any...

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Top Stitching Back Neck Facing - Signature Box Top

Pin Neck facing so it is flush with back bodice. Make sure shoulder seams match. Stitch along back neck facing 1/8 from edge of neck facing. Start and end at shoulder seams. Press back neck facing flat.

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Understitching Front Neckline - Signature Box Top

Understitching can create a more polished look for necklines, and can help prevent a neck facing from shifting out of place.   Finger press the seam allowance up towards the neck facing. This is in preparation to stitch the neck facing to the seam allowance. Make sure the seam allowance is pressed towards neck facing. Start at shoulder seam, understitch 1/8'' from edge of neckline seam. End understitch about 1'' from center front. Note under stitch is not on outside of shirt. Do the same technique to the other side. This side is a bit trickier, you will need to...

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Sewing the Neckline - Signature Box Top

Pin right side of neckline facing to right sides of bodice neckline. Match shoulder seams, and place center front at fold. Pin as needed. For video on how to do this step (it can be a bit of a mind bender) wath Part I and Two of "Signature Box Top Neckline"     Stitch together at 1/4 Inch seam allowance. Make sure interfacing is stitched into seam allowance. Trim down bulk at corner. Flip neckline and invert point. Check to see if neckline points match in height. If they do not, stitch taller point with slightly larger seam allowance and...

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Signature Box Top - Sewing Shoulders/Finishing Edges of Neck Facing

Place shoulder seams of front and back neck facings right side together. Pin as needed. Note this step does not attach to shoulder seams of bodice. Stitch neck facing shoulder seams with 3/8'' seam allowance. Trim down bulk of seam allowance. Finish raw edge with serger finish or zig-zag stitch. Press shoulder seams forward, stitch finish raw edge of neck facing. Trim 3/4 inch from bottom of seam allowance (removing bulk for folding hem).  

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