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Adjusting a Gaping Neckline - Free Tutorial from Fashion Sewing Blog TV

Tired of unsightly necklines that don’t lie flat and gape?
Well this easy to follow tutorials for you! Let me show you how to alter your sewing patterns to stop those wave shaped necklines to create a better, flatter more shaped fit to your garment.

Tip – Reducing fullness is the key!

1: Start by removing the seam allowance from the neckline of your sewing pattern. This aids in getting a better overall fit.

2: Draw a straight line from the middle of the neckline (or where the gaping seems to be happening) to the armhole.

3: Cut along that line from the neckline to the armhole but stop just short of cutting the sewing pattern in two. Now place a small sheet of paper underneath.

4: Take the upper part of the sewing pattern and overlap it over the lower section to the required amount. Now pin or use sticking tape to hold into place.

5: Re-draw the neckline shape into position and adjust any other pattern pieces such as facings and collars.

6: Add your new seam allowance and cut out to complete the process.

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Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines

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Comment by sawsan on October 19, 2014 at 2:11pm

Thank u again for this video and i will be appreciated if you find us a solution for decreasing the armholes     

Comment by sawsan on October 11, 2014 at 10:05am

Thank u that is if neckline is too big . Right 

What is i need to make a smaller armhole 

i have many 80s patterns for blouses and jackets with big and very wide armholes 

thank u

Comment by Patricia on October 9, 2014 at 8:53pm

yes thank you for the video

Comment by Phyllis Chambliss on October 8, 2014 at 6:18pm

Thank you for that video.

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