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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-04-2007, 06:05 PM (1 of 6)
I made a pattern from an old zip t-neck I loved.

It's a folded over neck with a zipper down the middle about 9", the bottom where the zipper ends is about 2" across and I sew that piece onto my front body piece of fabric.
Imagine this t-neck with a v type panel sewn into the front body.

I can't get a perfect corner at the bottom where the zipper meets, I get puckers and I don't have enough fabric in the body part, my t-neck part I sew into the body is too short.

I'm working to alter the pattern since the finished product is smaller, I don't think I allowed enough for seam allowances.

Any suggestions?

Will try to post a pic later when the hubby reinstalls the operating system for the umteenth time (his hobby).:shock:
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
From: weezie
Date: 03-05-2007, 11:20 AM (2 of 6)
Hi sewerzzzzzz,

First place to start would be to lengthen the neck that you feel is too short. Be sure to add extra fabric for seam allowances. You're better off to start slightly over the amount here by a 1/2 inch which can be snipped out from the edges after the sewing of the seam rather than to run short.

Next on the zipper you might do well especially on a knit to hand baste that zipper as flat as possible. Often when machine stitching the zipper tape stays the same size but the knit stretches which is where the bumps come from. Or we try so hard not to stretch things we don't give it enough ease.Also if you peek into a store bought one made similar you'll see they sewed a bit on nonstretch tape or clear elastic to hold things snugger so that they don't warp overtime.

Hope that helps, Weezie
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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-06-2007, 06:29 PM (3 of 6)

See the puckering on the corners.

I'm thinking:
a. fabric stretched when sewing.
b. I made the pattern wrong.

What do you think?
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-06-2007, 07:03 PM (4 of 6)
IMHO-- looks like the red part is too short.. Or is it a woven fabric and the black a stretch?? If the red is a woven maybe that part should have been cut on the bias.. I am really not too experienced in doing that sort of sewing..:coffee2:
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From: paroper
Date: 03-06-2007, 08:43 PM (5 of 6)
You should reinforce the "L" of the corner and then clip to the reinforcement stitching. Then you should always sew up the fabric from the bottom to the top. I sometimes get so lazy that I put the bottom in first and then sew up each that case, if length is the problem, the puckers would be at the top. I think it is more of an installation problem, although that pucker on the left side of the picture looks suspicious as for length, or perhaps just an uneven seam line.

If, indeed the piece is too short and the collar is all one piece (red) all the way around, you may be able to find the extra length in the collar or shorten the black portion of the garment.

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From: sewerzzzzzz
Date: 03-08-2007, 05:00 PM (6 of 6)
User: sewerzzzzzz
Member since: 02-27-2005
Total posts: 81
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