How to Create a V Neckline: Pattern Adjustments

How many times have you found a sewing pattern that is almost perfect for your project except for one aspect? When this happens you can either keep looking to find the 100% perfect sewing pattern or settle for the almost perfect one. Personally, I don’t like either of those options. I am very picky and prefer not to settle. On the other hand, looking for a specific type of sewing pattern can take a very long time. Luckily, there’s a 3rd option: you can use a sloper to create style lines and any other alterations your heart desires.

In the first post for this series (Pattern Adjustments), I will show you how to adjust a basic bodice sloper (or pattern) to make a V neckline. I know it can sound intimidating to make alterations yourself but it’s actually very easy.

1) Cut out your sloper/pattern. I’m using the bodice piece of a Burda fitted dress sloper.

2) Make a mark 1 inch from the neckline at both the shoulder and center front.

3) Use a ruler to connect the dots. I used the more straight side of a french curve.

4) Add your seam allowance. Following the same steps as for the new v-neckline. I made mine 1/2 inch.

Tip: I used dotted lines so that I know which is the seam allowance.

5) Use the adjusted front pattern piece as a template for the back piece, making sure everything is lined up properly.

6) Make a mark on the back piece that lines up with the new neckline on the front piece.

7) Add your seam allowance. My seam allowance partly matched the original back neckline, so, I didn’t mark the entire seam allowance.

8) Cut off your seam allowances and your done!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you’ve been working on!

🙂 Happy Sewing

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