Many garments in ready-to-wear are sporting drawstrings, you can add them to blouses, dresses, tunics, and jackets fairly easily. The question is, where is the best placement so the garment looks good?
1. To determine the best length for your drawstring position, measure from your shoulder seam to your waist over your bust point. Note where the measuring tape ends along the shoulder line. A garment with a high neckline will have a different vertical measurement than a garment sitting further out along the shoulder seam as the shoulder lowers.
2. On the pattern, measure from the STITCHING LINE (not the cutting line) at the neck edge just as you did on the body, until you reach the distace you measured your body. Mark this distance to idicate your waistline on the pattern.
3. Make a mark 1 1/2″ below that mark. This is the top line for the drawstring casing. The…
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