Easy V-Neck Sewing Tutorial

V-Neck TShirt DIY
The V-Neck T Shirt is a basic staple in every person’s wardrobe, and Farrah of the Sewing Rabbit Team is here today showing us just how easy it is to sew one up!  Unlike sewing a regular circular neck tee, that front little ‘vee’ can be tricky.  But Farrah has a great technique to help you on your way! Turn any regular T Shirt pattern into a V-Neck in no time, a V-Neck Sewing Tutorial.

How to Sew a V-Neck Shirt

V-Neck T Shirt DIY 2
Its Kids Clothes Week and I’m sewing up a few summer essentials for my kids!  T shirts are at the top of my must sew list. V neck tees in particular. Because they are not always available in retail stores,  I did what any other momma would do … make him a couple (or five).  I  found this cool neon green and heather grey striped knit fabric and knew I had to make my Sunny a V neck tee shirt out of it.

Whether you are using your favorite basic t shirt pattern or refashioning a crew neck tee, follow these easy steps to make your own V neck Tee shirt!

Instructions

If you are using a pattern, cut out all of your pattern pieces, except for the neckband/ribbing.

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Measure how deep you want the V neck to be. Add ¾inch to that measurement, then make a small marking on the center front shirt. Draw a line from the shoulder seam to that marking. You should have a V neck. 

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To prepare the ribbing:
Measure the neck opening.

Width: Decide how wide you want the ribbing to be. 3/4 inch is pretty standard for tee shirts. For a ribbing with a finished width of 3/4 inch, it would need to be 2 inches wide (3/4  + 1/4 seam allowance = 1 inch x 2). 

Length: The length of the ribbing is dependent on how stretchy the ribbing is. I normally cut 2/3 of the neck opening measurement if the ribbing is “super stretchy” and 3/4 of the neck measurement if the ribbing in “not that stretchy”. Use your own judgement when deciding whether or not to round up or down.

(My neck opening is 17 inches, so I cut  a piece of ribbing 12 inches long and 2 inches wide.)

Fold the ribbing in half. Press. Then overlap the neckband/ribbing (right over left or left over right).

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Stay stitch the ribbing in place.  I used 1/4 inch since I will be sewing the t shirt on a serger. This stay stitch will also serve as your seam allowance guide.

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Attach the front and back shirt pieces together at  the shoulder seams.

Add a stay stitch around the V neck line. Try not to stretch the fabric.

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Snip the V as close to the stay stitch without sniping the stitch. (This is kind of important.)

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With right sides together, match  up the center point of the ribbing with the snip that was made in the V, pin in place.  You should notice an X formed with the stay stitches.

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Drop the needle in the center of the newly formed X.

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Pivot the fabric so that the ribbing is laying on top of the shirt. Sew about an inch. Return to the center.  Sew about an inch in the opposite direction.

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I like to sew in the V first to make sure its laying centered and flat.

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Don’t worry about the exposed stay stitches, you can pick them out later.  Once you are happy with the way the V looks, pin the center back ribbing to the center back neck and sew the remainder of the ribbing around the neckline stretching the ribbing as you go.
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Attached the sleeves. This would be a good time to hem the sleeves (use a twin needle for a finished look).
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Attach the front and back shirt together at the side seams.
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Hem the bottom of the shirt.
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We’re finished!
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…
Happy Sewing!

 

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as SewSet.com, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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Comments

  1. says

    I just sewed up a v neck t for my boy from a vintage simplicity pattern (simplicity 9996) and the v was done the exact same way. Before this pattern, I was stumped on how to get the v to work. Your shirt turned out great…and you son looks super cute. I love a boy in a v neck!

  2. says

    Thanks for the great tut! I’m inexperienced with knits…but I sewed my first v neck last night for a doll shirt. It turned out okay, but now I think I could do a nicer finish.

  3. says

    Thanks so much for sharing your sewing ideas! I had not done a V neck trim in awhile. Your measurements and ratios were very helpful! While I didn’t use the exact method for sewing the point of the V, your tutorial was most appreciated. I overlapped my V by not sewing 2″ on one side, then tucking in. I will try your method next time!!! Thanks so very much for your help!! I hope to post my blouse on my blog…if I can find the time! Have a wonderful day! hugs, Laura

  4. Brittany says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I was struggling with the v-neck of a sweater vest I was making for my son and you just helped me salvage it and make it look amazing.

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