Several of the tops I've made lately are very simply constructed, with no shoulder seam. The neckline treatment evolved as I was making them. I bound the first two, but continued to look for a simpler approach. Finally, I came up with this:
2. No binding. Instead, a line of fine stitching circumscribes the neckline about 1 cm from the cut edge. The edge is then folded over - some clipping is necessary to get the edge to fold over at the tight curves - and stitched down with two lines of very-very short stitches.
The second line is created continuously with the first, with a two stitch jog at the end of the first "circumnavigation". I'm slightly compulsive about tying off thread ends with a tailor's knot and then hiding them into seams, so even this tiny little step is a time-saver for me.
Once the neckline is finished, the flat fabric is folded again and the side seam chalked in and pinned (marked by orange pinheads) - from the right side, since it'll be a French seam.