Mabel Dress Sew Along

3 Neck Band Overlocked Folded SQUARE

3 — Shoulders and Neckband

18—March 2021

Now it is time to sew the shoulders and neckband!

Mabel Dress Sew Along — 3 — Shoulders and Neckband
Mar 18 2021
1 Pin Together Mobilon Shoulder Seams

Pin your front to the back at the shoulder seams with right sides together. If you are using mobilon elastic, cut a piece that is at least 2cm longer than the width of the shoulder.

3 Mobilon Into Overlocker Alt View
5 Mobilon Shoulder Overlocker Contd

To overlock the shoulders, first catch the end of your mobilon elastic on its own with your stitching to create a tail. Then lift your presser foot and lay the shoulder of your dress underneath the mobilon elastic. Now, continue sewing the shoulder, catching the elastic in the seam as you sew. Run your stitching off the shoulder, catching the mobilon elastic at the other end. Repeat for the other shoulder.

Take care not to stretch the mobilon elastic as you sew, or the shoulder will pucker.
7 Snip

Trim the excess at each shoulder and press the seam towards the back.

1 Neck Band Overlocked Half
2 Neck Band Overlocked Folded

Now we will sew your neckband.

With the right sides together, overlock the short ends of your neckband together, to create a circle. Press the seam towards the front and then fold your neckband in half, lengthways with wrong sides together.

5 Neckband Pinned To Body

Pin your neckband to the right side of the body of the garment. The neckband seam will match the left shoulder, and the notch will match the right shoulder. You can pin in more places to distribute your neckband evenly around the neck opening.

The neckband circumference is smaller than the neck opening on your dress. This is to help the neckband sit flat against the body.
6 Overlocking Neckband
8 Overlocking Neckband Continued

Next, overlock the neckband to the body. Before overlocking, you can baste your neckband to the body if you would prefer. You will need to
stretch the neckband as you sew to ensure it fits. Press the seam towards the body.

11 Neckband Attached Alt View

Top stitch the seam allowance of the neckband to the body using a twin needle or your preferred finishing stitch, starting and finishing at the left shoulder.

Now it is time to attach your sleeves and complete the sewing of your dress!

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