Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Useful if unspectacular alteration


Bear with me, this is very difficult to show in photos as it's not a massive change.


I like viscose t-shirts because they drape really well, and this one is in a favourite colour.  But over time the neckline stretches out until I spend all day faffing to cover my bra straps and keep it in place. 


You can see how stretched out it had become. I finally had enough and was thinking of completely replacing the neckband.  But I couldn't match the colour.  Then it occurred to me the existing neckband was stitched in such a way it was effectively a casing.  So I very carefully unpicked where the neckband was sewn together on one shoulder and threaded through 6mm elastic. 

I had to use a large eye needle for knitting, and sew the elastic down to itself in a loop after I put it through the eye.  The neckband is too narrow for a safety pin.  It has stretched the fabric a little, and I did need to arrange the gathers once I'd finished.  I sewed the neckband back together and good to go!

I hope you found this useful and happy sewing!



g.satansbraten said...

Thank you for your idea of a rescue mission which might come in handy one day for me as well.

With some stretched out T-shirt-necklines it's even possible to do a rather more lazy rescue job: stretch it even further and in a 'well organised pattern/distance'. This makes some T-shirt necklines look like the so called 'salad-seam-look'.
Disadvantage with this job: the next laundry turn since 'The Salad-Neckline' might need more attention than a/the T-Shirt did before this 'Salad-Treatment' to look 'fine/nice salaty' again.

LG, G.

I Can Work With That said...

This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing this.

Clark said...

What a great idea! I would have never thought of this. Thanks for sharing it with us.