This is my first time working with a pattern. I have successfully attached the sleeves and front and back pieces of the top. The final stage is attaching a neckband which sits off the shoulder and wraps around the entire top. This is an off the shoulder elastic neck band and sleeve peasant blouse.
I can not figure out from the pattern directions how to attach it.
Step 28. With wrong sides together, fold neck band in half having raw edges even, Baste.
I am at this step. I have the raw(bottom) edges based and the top fold pressed. It is basically one big circle that fits over my shoulders needing to be attached to the shirt
Step 29 of McCalls pattern M5401
“Pin neck band to upper edge of top matching seams to large circles, stitch. Trim garment seam allowance to 1/4”. Press Seam toward top.
I do not know whether to pin the neck band on the inside (wrong side) of shirt or the outside(right side).
If I pin inside the raw edge and notches of the top are showing, if I pin on the outside the raw edges of the neck band are showing. Should I have finished the top edges of the front and back panel even though there werent clear instructions to do so.
Then Step 30: To form casing for elastic turn in 1/4" on raw edge of band. Stitch, leaving an opening for elastic.
Does that mean to make the original 5/8" seam allowance now 1/4"? Does that require just folding and restitching or removing the baste, folding and stitching?
Im not sure if its the terminology that is throwing me or something that I have missed.
I know there are experts out there that can help. My local fabric place will charge me $18/hour to answer these questions so I hope I can get a little help through Burda style.
Thanks and Happy Sewing!
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