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copying a bought top.

mem1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello all , Today I bought a very nice T shirt which I want to copy . Its made in cotton knit and the neckline shaping is made by a loop which sits about 6 inches from the center front neckline on the inside of the shirt front . The fabric is then gathered up by pulling the loop to the front and fastening it to a button which sits on the outside of the spot where the loop is sighted.This causes gathering of fabric on either side  and above each breast . The loop caught over the button sits in the cleavage . The effect is like a V neck.

Now when I undo the loop and place the top on my mannequin . I am able to form to large darts which run from the neckline above the bust point and out toward the arm hole . THIS is the question . Can I just use my ordinary T shirt pattern and slash  spread the pattern in the location of the aforementioned darts and expect that to work . I suspect I can as the T shirt pattern fits around the bust and waist as my usual pattern and has the added fullness which forms the gathers in the neck only. What do you all think ? Thank you for reading this long convoluted description and I hope that I haven’t lost you all.


  1. FitnessNut | | #1

    In a word, "yes". Just make sure that you slash the pattern in the direction you want the gathers to fall. And spread them out along the seamline, not just in a small place or they won't fall attractively. Remember to slash all the way to another seamline.....As my pattern teacher told us, "if it doesn't lie flat, it isn't a pattern"! As always, I recommend that you do a trial run in inexpensive fabric to test your work.

    Have fun with it. This sounds like an interesting top and one that could inspire lots of designs.

    1. mem1 | | #2

      thankyou so much I will have a go this weekend


      1. Jean | | #3

        Pictures! Can you post pictures, Please?

        1. mem1 | | #4

          Jean I am not familiar with this but will have a go soon. The top has a 40's look to it .    mem

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