Let’s start sewing our Pony tanks! In this post, we’ll demonstrate how to sew the shoulder seams and attach the neckband. We are demonstrating by sewing the crop length, but these steps apply to all three views of the Pony Tank.
SEAM ALLOWANCES & OPTIONAL FUSIBLE
Unless noted, the seam allowance included is 3/8” (1 cm) for joined seams and all joined seams should be sewn with a
stretch stitch. Clip or mark the notches indicated by “T” marks and “triangles”. You can apply a piece of tricot fusible or clear elastic to the wrong side of the shoulder seam to prevent excess stretching. With the right sides together, sew the shoulder seams. Finish and press seams towards the back.
SEW NECKBAND V
With the right sides together, sew the neckband’s V shaped seam. Clip the V without cutting through the stitch line. Press seam open.
FOLD & PRESS NECKBAND
Fold the neckband in half with the wrong sides together and press.
SEW STITCH GUIDE ON NECKBAND & TRIM
Lengthen your stitch length; you will remove these stitches later so you don’t want them too tight. Sew a stitch guide at 3/8” (1 cm) on your neckband with a straight stitch, extending 1” (2.5 cm) on either side of the V. You can trim the triangles off at the point. Set aside for now.
SEW STITCH GUIDE ON FRONT NECKLINE
Make sure your stitch length is still lengthened. Sew a stitch guide at 3/8” (1 cm) on your bodice front with a straight stitch, extending 1” (2.5 cm) on either side of the V.
Clip the center front V without cutting into the seam.
PIN V & PIVOT BODICE
Pin the neckband to the bodice, matching the center front and stitch guide lines. Pivot the bodice and pin the neckband to the bodice on either side for about 1” (2.5 cm).
FLIP OVER & SEW V
Flip the bodice over and stitch right on top of your stitch guides to sew the center front V with a straight stitch (use the
standard stitch length). Check your V-neck to make sure you are satisfied before moving on.
PIN & SEW NECKBAND
Now you can pin the rest of the neckband around the neckline, matching the notches, while evenly stretching the neckband slightly to fit the neckline. Do not stretch the garment neckline while attaching the neckband. Stitch with a stretch stitch or overlock. Flip the tank right side out. Remove any visible V stitch guides. Finish seam and press seam allowance down.
Next, we’ll be sewing the side seams and adding the armhole bands. Then we’ll finish our Pony tank by sewing the hem.