I am working on a lined jacket that has a band around the neck edge. The outer edge of the band needs to be stitched to the neck of the jacket. The measurement of the outer band edge is much greater than the measurement of the jacket neck edge. How do I sew these together to create a smooth and even seam? I’m thinking there is a specific strategy for this about which I am totally clueless. Thanks for any help!

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    Feb 19, 2014, 05.12 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    What pattern are you using? Have you checked that the neckline and collar are the same length as each other on the pattern?

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    Feb 20, 2014, 02.09 PMby katensew

    There should be “ease” between the two – however you state that there is a significant difference between the two ? Remember that the important fitting area is at the SEAM ALLOWANCE LINE and not the edge !! It should be possible to ease in the band to fit the curve, curl the curved edge over your fingers and place in upright pins.You should find that the seam fits and the band has a slight "wave " to it. Stay stitching the curve to allow some snipping may help — but beware of snipping too far !!

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      Feb 21, 2014, 09.25 PMby tvannette

      Thanks so much. I will give it a try.

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    Feb 21, 2014, 04.51 PMby ofstier

    Yes, a little ease between the two is normal! Line up the center back points, and any notches if your pattern includes them. Clipping the neckline curve may help too to stretch it to the collar length, but if you can just stretch (if it’s a knit) and ease the two together that’s the easiest!

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      Feb 21, 2014, 09.27 PMby tvannette

      Thanks for the tips. I’ll give it a try. Fingers crossed :-)

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