How to Reshape a Neckline
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…
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