Easy Neckband Tutorial for a V-Neck Shirt

Sew Aldo
by Sew Aldo
7 Materials
30 Minutes

If you want to sew a v-neck shirt, adding a neckband will give it just the right amount of detail to make your work look polished. Follow my tutorial to learn a simple technique to make a neckband.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
  • Overlock machine (optional)
How to sew a v-neck

Measure the neckline

I measured all the way around the neckline. Mine came out to about 26 inches.

Sew a neckband

Measure out the length of the neckband

To get the measurement for the neckband, multiple the length of the neckline by 0.8, then add an extra quarter of an inch. The width should be about two inches.

Measure and cut the fabric

Cut the fabric

I then cut the fabric for the neckband to the required length.

Pin the fabric

Fold the fabric in half and pin it

I folded the strip of fabric in half and secured it with a couple of pins.

Cut a dovetail

Cut a dovetail

On the open side of the fabric, I cut out a triangular piece.

How to make a neckband

Join the ends

I sewed the ends of the fabric together, starting at the center of the triangle.

Baste stitch the center of the V

Baste stitch the V of the shirt

I baste stitched around the center of the V to prevent tearing when I cut it.

Cut the V

Snip the center of the V

Cut the center of the V, making sure not to cut through the stitching.

Make a small snip in the V

Fold and pin the neckband

Fold, pin, and press the neckband

I folded the neckband with the wrong side facing in, and pinned it together. Then I ironed it flat.

Use pins to mark the neck hole

Quarter the neck hole

I folded the shirt so the neckline was folded exactly in half. I marked the halfway point, and then folded it in half again, and marked the two quarter-length points with pins.

Use pins to mark the neckband

Quarter the neckband

Using the same technique, I marked the quarter-length points on the neckband with pins, as well.


Pin the V’s together

Match the V’s

I matched up the V of the neckline and the neckband, and pinned it in place on the right side of the fabric.

Sew with a baste stitch

Baste the V

I baste stitched the V of the neckband to the V of the shirt, so I could check if everything was lined up correctly. 

The V’s are aligned well

Pin the neckband to the shirt

Match the quarter points

Using the pins as a guide, I matched up the quarter points on the neckline and on the neckband, and pinned everything into place.

How to make a v-neck

Serge the neckband onto the shirt

I used a serger to connect the neckband to the shirt. If you do not have a serger (also known as an overlock machine), you can do this with a regular sewing machine, using a narrow zigzag stitch. The neckband has a smaller circumference than the neckline, so make sure to stretch the neckband as you are sewing it onto the shirt.

Remove the baste stitches

Unpick the baste stitch

To finish off, I just removed the baste stitches I had put in earlier to check the alignment of the neckband.

The completed neckband

Let me know if you use this technique to make a v-neck shirt, and find it helpful. Happy sewing!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
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