Bias tape is a great way to finish woven neck holes and arm holes that don’t have sleeves. You will want to buy or make double fold bias tape. If you are making bias tape you will want to make sure you actually cut it on the bias. Otherwise, your neckline will not lay nicely.
Start by stitching the bias tape (unfolded) and neck hole right sides together on the first crease of the bias tape. You will want to start about 1″ away from the center back of the neckline leaving about a 1-2″ of bias tape hanging over center back.
Stitch around the entire neckline, stopping about 1″ away from the center back. Now where both pieces overlap at the center back. Lay those edges right sides together and stitch on that line. Hand press open the seam. Make sure it lays nicely and fits the neckline. If so, finish stitching the bias tape on.
Now press bias tape up and away from garment. You can under stitch at this point if desired. Remember, under stitching is stitching the seam allowance to the bias tape very close to the edge. Next refold bias tape over raw edge of neckline toward the wrong side of the garment. Sew along the folded edge of bias tape to encase raw edges and finish neckline!
** Note: for the pictures, I used a strip of bias I cut myself. I didn’t not press it, to make actual bias tape. So for the second to last picture where I press the bias tape down to original seam line, you wouldn’t need to do that for actual bias tape that has creases. It should already be creased so you won’t have to actually press it, just fold it! I wanted to show you this alternative method also, incase you opt to just cut a strip and sew it on without actually making it in to bias tape.
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