The Pony Tank is our knit pattern that features a V-neckline. We want you to have success from your first attempt at sewing this pattern. With just a few steps and careful sewing, you’ll have a beautiful neckline in your new Pony Tank or dress. This tutorial will demonstrate, step by step, how to sew a V-neck on any knit garment, not just the Pony Tank pattern.
You’ll need the neckband and front and back bodice pieces cut from your fabric along with pins and scissors. Tailor’s chalk or a fabric-safe marking pen is optional.
SEW SHOULDER SEAMS
With the right sides together, sew the shoulder seams with a 3/8″ (1 cm) seam allowance. 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 AND 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. Optionally, you can mark this line with chalk before sewing. You can trim the triangles off at the point. Set the neckband aside for now.
SEW STITCH GUIDE ON FRONT NECKLINE & CLIP V
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. It is optional to mark this with chalk before sewing your stitch guide. 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″ (2.5cm).
FLIP OVER & SEW V
Flip the bodice over and stitch right on top of your stitch guides to sew the center 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 straight stitch or overlock. Flip the tank right side out. Remove any visible V stitch guides. Finish seam allowance and press down.
Congratulations! Your V-neck is complete! We hope you found this post helpful! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below.