Cheyenne Tunic Sew Along Day 3: Neckbands and Sleeve Tabs
Hi Cheyenne Sew Alongers! Welcome to day 3, where we’ll tackle the neckbands and then the sleeve tabs (which are optional, of course!)
You should have two sets of front and back neckbands, one interfaced and one not. Sew each pair right sides together at the shoulder seams with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Press open the seam allowances. The interfaced one will be the neckband, the non-interfaced one will be the neckband facing.
Pin the interfaced neckband right sides together with the shirt neckline. First align the center notches and pin, then the shoulder notches and pin. Continue to pin the neckband to the shirt between those pins. Because you are pinning a concave curve to a convex curve, these will not be easy to align. You may have to lift the shirt up as if it’s being worn to align the two.
Pin the notch in the front neckband to the outer plackets at the center fronts. The neckband will overhang the placket. Then continue pinning the front neckband up to the shoulder. Again, you’ll have to lift the shirt in order to evenly pin the neckband around the neckline.
Flip the neckband facing to the inside of the garment and press it well. Press the seam allowances up into the neckband. Carefully pin the neckband facing to the neckband. The more pins you use here, the more you’re guaranteed a good outcome in the next step. I’m not a pinner by nature, but I encourage you to pin it up here as much as possible!
Top stitch around the neckband, catching the neckband facing underneath. You have a couple options here. You could just top stitch around the lower curve of the neckband to secure the facing. Or, you could sew completely around the perimeter of the neckbands for some detail, as shown on this version. For either method, sew in the direction the way the pattern outlines: begin at the top of the center back, sew around the front, and then sew back to the lower back center. Stop sewing and repeat those steps on the other side of the neckline. This way you’re sewing in the same direction (toward the front of the neckband) on both sides which will help the neckband lay nicely. This is another great place to use that spectacular edge stitching foot, if you have one 🙂
The sleeve tabs are optional, but they’re a great detail for your shirt, especially if you’re making the 3/4 length sleeves and plan to keep them rolled up most of the time. Put a non-interfaced tab right sides together with an interfaced one. Repeat for the other two tabs.
And you’re done for the day! Meet me back here tomorrow and we’ll sew the sleeves!