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Help in fitting low cut tops

lpip | Posted in Fitting on

With a double chin and short neck, v-neck styles seem to be flattering to me, but I have an ugly scar on my chest which makes altering anything cut low necessary.

I’ve figured out how to alter a plain v-neck, but wrap styles, front button styles with facings and collars, anything complicated has me stuck.  Lately, all the styles seem to be low cut.  I hate to pass up so many patterns.

Any suggestions?





  1. mem1 | | #1

    What about adding a sheer panel across the bottom of the V as they do in sailor tops . You could to this with press sruds and have a range of inserts  with different trims .

    1. lpip | | #2

      I hadn't thought about trying that.  I might give it a try a low cut top I had been going to make.

      I certainly don't want to have to wear a camisole every time.


  2. ElonaM | | #3

    You might want to look at http://www.loeshinsedesign.com for higher wraps and interesting higher necklines.

    As to raising V necks in cardigans and such with facings: There's nothing sacred about standard necklines as they are drawn. You're in charge, believe it or not. To raise a V with facings, you just trace your size on the tracing paper of your choice. Then, hold the pattern up to yourself and decide how high you'd like the V. Make a dot there, and then lay the pattern flat again--and redraw the neckline just as you'd like it. The only thing left to do is lay a piece of paper over your redrawn neckline, trace it exactly, and add the width of the original facings. Be sure to include any relevant markings, such as center front, center back, and shoulder, if needed.

    1. msm | | #4

      i do a version of what elona said:
      i tape some tissue to the neckline edges of original pattern (front piece and facing piece). i align the front and facing pattern pattern piecves, pin together for security, and sketch the new line on the top sheet of my tissue extension. using transfer paper sandwiched between the 2, i transfer the new neckline onto front and facing at the same time then trim the excess.

    2. lpip | | #5

      I'll give your method a try and I'll take a closer look at the Loes Hinse patterns.

      It's generally the more complex tops with collars that present a problem for me.  And unless a pattern shows a photo of a model wearing the design, drawings alone can be misleading.


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