How to sew a neckline hem with both sides finished

Péťa  ·  26.1.2021  ·  2 minutes of reading

Today I want to show you how to easily sew the neckline hem with both sides finished.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

The length of the primary strip that will form the hem should about 0.85 times the circumference of the neckline and its width should be 3.5 cm (1 3/8") - provided you use 0.5 cm (0.2") wide seam allowances. Similarly, measure the second strip (which you will use on the back of the neckline) - measure the length of the part of the neckline that is formed by the back piece of the T-shirt/dress and multiply this length by 0.85.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Add 1 cm (3/8") to the result (0.5 cm / 0,2” on both ends of the strip). The width of the second strip is also 3.5 cm  (1 3/8"). Pin the long strip to the neckline, and then pin the secondary strip over it.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Fold the second strip in half and pin it in this position.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička
Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Sew the strips to the neckline. You can use your overlock machine or regular sewing machine (in the latter case, use some kind of an elastic stitch).

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Now fold the second strip over the seam allowances.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Pin it in this position and sew it to the neckline - sew from the face side of the garment with an elastic stitch or a twin needle.

Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička
Návod jak začistit lem průkrčníku u trička

Aaaand it’s done! :)

Sewing instructions & patterns

Detailed instructions for sewing a T-shirt can be found here:

You can find patterns for children's, women's, and men’s T-shirts in my online store:

You can also try this free pattern for a women's T-shirt

Neckline hem - Other methods

Here you can explore other ways to sew a neckline.

The easiest way to finish the neckline:

Easy neckline finish

How to finish a neckline with facing:

How to sew a dress with a neckline facing

Another possible way is to use a fine lace:

How to sew a lace hem

If you are looking for instructions on how to sew a T-shirt step by step, check out this video tutorial I made some time ago:

https://youtu.be/aiSM1ByZopY

Have a nice day, Petra

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