Re-creating an Old Favorite with an Unusual Neckline
I have been sewing for most of my life and designing and making my own patterns almost as long. It is a wonderful way to get the clothes I love and the fit I want. But every once in a while, I come across a ready-to-wear garment that is perfect. The fabric is wonderful, the silhouette is great, and the sleeves are long enough. One such top has been in my closet for many years. I just can’t give up this old favorite, though long ago it was relegated to an “at home only” wardrobe piece.
It had occurred to me to make a new version, but the neckline was a conundrum. The back comes up in the center and wraps around toward the underarm in the front, with a squared-off neckline across the front. I love it but haven’t been able to figure it out—until recently.
Raglan sleeve pattern solution
One of the patterns I have been making this year is a raglan sleeve top/dress designed by Merchant and Mills, called the Fielder. I have avoided raglan sleeves because they always seemed difficult to adjust for my extra broad shoulders. The Fielder has a dart at the shoulder that has more shape to it than most patterns I have tried. It fits my shoulders comfortably. I have now added several raglan sleeve tops to my closet.
What does this have to do with my old, ready-to-wear top?
As I was putting one of my new Fielder tops together, I realized that with one simple adjustment I could re-create the unusual neckline that had been eluding me all these years. I temporarily abandoned the top I was working on because I was so excited to try out my discovery. The adjustment worked like a charm. Let…