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Neckline Gape

ginam | Posted in Fitting on

Any ideas on fixing gaposis in the neckline?  I have a nice slinky knit t-shirt that gapes at the neckline.  It is unattractive but I don’t know what to do about it.



  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Sometimes, you can take up some slack (especially for us flat-upper chest types) at the shoulder seam, pulling up on the front until it stops gapping, then restitch the shoulder seam. If it has a bound neckline, I simply put a seam in the binding that lines up with the shoulder seam and make the same adjustment.Other times, I've run an elastic thread through the binding and attached at the shoulder seams, or make a small pleat in the center front of the neckline and top it with a small button or button/loop so that it looks intentional.

  2. Ralphetta | | #2

    I can't buy any RTW Tshirts because I have a perfectly straight shoulder line.  Men and Women's Tshirts have sloped shoulders.  That means there is an excess of fabric all around the neckline on me.  Sometimes I can alter the shoulder seam by starting at the sleeve cap and widening to the neckline.  Unfortunately, I think the seam through the neck binding is unattractive.  (It's okay if I'm wearing it under a jacket, etc. that hides that part of the neck.)

    That suggestion about elastic might work better. 

  3. user-51823 | | #3

    ive done both and agree, it's hard to hide the new shoulder seam unless you want to pick out stiches and remove neck binding and replace it later. but it does work, especially if there is lots of excess. for smaller gaping, i like to do the elastic thread.

  4. fabricmaven | | #4

    Hi, You did not describe the shape of the offending neckline. I'm assuming that it is either a deep scoop or v neck. Either way I would put it on and looking in a mirror pinch up enough fabric on either side of the center front until it hugged  the upper chest holding it with straight pins, then measure the amount you removed. Then cut a narrow ribbon 1/8 or 1/4 inch wide in a matching color of the garment in the length that the front should be for you. Attach each end of the ribbon to the shoulder seams establish the center measurement of the ribbon to the center front or the shirt. Then pin and ease the gaping neckline to the stable ribbon. You will have to sew it in by hand with small stitches on either side of the ribbon but it will be worth the effort and then you can wear your slinky shirt without the gaposis.  

    1. ginam | | #5

      Thank you.  That is a great idea.  I will try it.  The neckline is a scoop neck.



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