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How to Reshape a Neckline

Threads magazine - 169 - Oct./Nov. 2013

If the neckline on a pattern you’ve chosen to work with doesn’t suit you-whether your concern is figure flattery or style-don’t despair. There’s no need to search for a different pattern, because you can alter the one you have to create any neckline shape you prefer.

Do you find a jewel neckline boring or unflattering? Then simply change it to a V or sweetheart neckline. Or lower it and add volume and shaping with pleats, or use darts to draw the eye upward.

You can use a fitting sloper or pattern block as a master pattern for these alterations, or start with any semifitted, jewel-neck top or dress pattern that fits you well. The alterations explained here can be used on patterns intended for knits or wovens. Make a copy by tracing your chosen master pattern, and work with the copy to preserve the original for future uses.

These neckline alteration methods are also ideal if you’re designing your own patterns from a basic block or sloper. In this article from Threads #169, Emma Seabrooke will explain how to make these simple neckline changes which will help you explore more complex shapes and treatments in your pattern work.

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    Lots about shoulders and arms, but my problem areas are hips, bum, and thick thighs.

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