I'm making a ballerina top with flounce on one side of the neckline.
--On the other side, should I just turn the seam allowance to wrong side and topstitch down?
--On both sides, should I add elastic to prevent the neck from gapping? If so, how much shorter should the elastic be than the seamline? (Can't cut and try; the recipient is in Chicago and I'm in Colorado.) Or should I tape with iron-on tape, and again, how much shorter? That's a really long neckline; I'm used to staying much shorter V-necks.
Posted 2012-07-23 3:42 PM (#82838 - in reply to #82837) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Not sure what the ballerina top is. Is it a scoop neck?
What fabric are you using? Amount of stretch and good recovery?
I would probably stabilize the back neck edge with light iron-on interfacing strips. I would not stabilize the front except if the fabric was floppy and it was a v neck.
Turn under, hand baste, and use the coverstitch to finish.
Posted 2012-07-23 4:04 PM (#82839 - in reply to #82838) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
Ballerina is like crisscross except that it has 2 crossing panels on the back as well as the front, forming deep v-necks both back and front. (That is, the bottom part of both back and front is double thickness.) Each panel has an arc that swoops all the way from neck point on shoulder seam to a point between underarm and waist on the opposite side, so the "neckline" is very, very long. I don't have a coverstitch machine so must devise some other finish.
Posted 2012-07-23 10:17 PM (#82854 - in reply to #82837) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
I would probably use elastic - would also be inclined to hunt through commercial patterns for a crossover top and see if the commercial instructions contain any kind of guideline. Is the wearer likely to doing any very physical activity? If so, I would probably err on the shorter side for the elastic.
Posted 2012-08-09 12:36 AM (#82993 - in reply to #82992) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
Location: Gabriola Island, BC, Canada
Oh, Nancy. That's very nice!
Did you make the frill more complex by adding another band of it around the shoulder and then down? If you made the frill out of one piece would it not lie as nicely over the shoulder? It's very flattering that way.
Posted 2012-08-09 1:22 PM (#82997 - in reply to #82993) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
Yes, there's a shoulder seam in the flounce. Since it's offset and uses a small radius (for more fullness), not possible to cut it out without a seam. One discovery I made is that fabric paint stiffens the knit so the flounce doesn't fall quite so limply.
Posted 2012-08-09 8:26 PM (#83000 - in reply to #82999) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
Yes, the flounce goes all the way around the top, up one side and down the other. It's anchored in the underarm seam but loose on the shoulder. Yes, that's paint, applied with a large Rollagraph (I think that's what it's called) and a brush along the pinked edge.
Posted 2012-08-09 8:31 PM (#83002 - in reply to #83000) Subject: Re: ?ballerina neck edge?
I had never heard of a rollagraph. I did a search. I have got to get one of those! I have been wanting to do some serious fabric painting, but have never been happy with the results I get with freehand, stencils, or rubbings. Thank you.