T-shirt neck alterations

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I am blessed with the ability to buy crew neck T-shirts very cheaply.
The problem is........I prefer a scoop or V neck.

Is there a quick and easy way to alter them??

All suggestions gratefully accepted!!  I am medium to fairly good at
sewing.


Re: T-shirt neck alterations
Dear Pat,

You need a matching or contrasting piece of ribbing (sold by the
inch).  It should be 60% of the circumference of the neck style you
want, by twice the desired width (usually at least 1-1/4 inches), plus
two seam allowances.  Sew the ribbing into a ring.  Fold it in half
lengthwise.  The seam is the center back.  Mark the ring into quarters
by folding so that the seam is at one side; the opposite side is the
center front.  Fold again so that the center back and center front are
matched, and mark the sides.  Do the same thing to the neck of your
garment.  (Please note that the side marks on the garment will not
match the shoulder seams--they'll be a little back from them.)  Match
the center back mark and the seam together, and take a couple of
stitches to hold.  Stretch the ribbing to match the side marks;
stretch the next section in the same way.  Continue stretching the
ribbing to the garment to finish.

If you don't have a serger, you can finish the inside seam with a
piece of matching bias tape.

Teri


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My favorite method: pick out the topstitching (on the back of the
shirt and about an inch of the shoulder seam stay tape, trim). Turn
the rib collar to the inside and stitch about 1/2" away from the
existing stitched edge. (You can make this deeper; I find it helps to
leave at least 1/4" of the finished ribing edging.) You can use a
serger; good luck getting over the bulky shoulder seams.

Trim the seam allowance. If you guessed accurately, the shoulder tapes
are just long enough to be included in the seam.

You could pick the collar off, but then you have to finish the edge
somehow, and you wanted quick & easy. I've done several dozen shirts
like this and like the results.

HTH

--Karen D.


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I"m not sure if this will help you, but there is a book "Generation T: 108
Ways to Transform a T-Shirt" you can get it at the library.
It's a cute book .. some good ideas and a couple of bad ones ;)
I have used some of the ideas in my own shirts and for my daughters.


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Many thanks for the suggestions.....I will try them all.  It is crazy
to buy them for 12 or 15 dollars when I can get something for 1/4 of
that.

Thanks again!!



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On Sun, 12 Aug 2007 09:20:45 -0700, Pat in Arkansas

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All my scoop-neck T-shirts have simple hems:  I folded a quarter inch
to the wrong side, then zig-zagged over the raw edge.

The jersey I made them from is of a better quality than the jersey in
my RTW T-shirts, but it might work, and you can sew on a band of
cross-cut jersey if it doesn't.  

Painting an inch-wide stripe of starch around the prospective hem and
letting the shirt dry on a fat hanger before cutting will make it
easier to sew.  

Joy Beeson
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Thanks Joy--I am going to try that with a bit of gently stretched baby
elastic in the fold over.   Bet it will work just fine!!


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I just found a t-shirt that I altered several years ago that I forgot about.
This would work to change yours into a V neck, but you need to use 2 shirts.
Pin 2 T shirts together, right sides facing.  Draw in the neck that you want
(I made mine all crazy around, but you can do just a straight V.    Sew the
new neckline, then sew the arms, you can also sew the bottom or not, just
make sure you sew the bottom after you have turned it right side out.
Cut away excess fabric.  Turn right side out.  You may need to tack the
shoulders, I didn't have to and it worked fine for me.  I also topped
stitched, but I don't think you would have to if you didn't want to.
You don't need to use innerfacing and the shirt is reversible.
Best o' luck.



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On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 15:24:05 -0700, Pat in Arkansas

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I don't bother with the elastic -- but I do put a couple of very small
darts at the back of the neck.  (I've had a small dowager's hump all
my life.)  

Joy Beeson
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joy beeson at comcast dot net
http://roughsewing.home.comcast.net/ -- sewing
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I'm watching this thread. I also have about half a dozen crew neck
very comfy long sleeve T shirts. I bought them just because of the
price. I never liked the crew neck look. Please post after you've
finished your alteration explaining what you did. May be with a
picture or two.

I'm making lot of mistakes with my sewing. I can only hope to learn
from them. These T shirt alterations make me nervous because of the
knit fabric. I'm going to read that book knit chic suggested.

Thanks.


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I found this article on line with instructions and pictures on how to
make a T shirt. It includes a section on neck finishing.
http://www.cahe.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/C-210.pdf

It needs acrobat reader to view but you can also view it as html.


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Great link--------good info!!  Many thanks.


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