Hello everyone! As promised yesterday, I’m here with a Darling Ranges dress pattern variation! Mainly, how to alter the shape of the neckline. The standard Darling Ranges pattern comes as a v-neck, but I’m going to show you how to create a slightly higher, rounded neckline.
Also, yesterday I talked about moving and altering the bust dart of the Darling Ranges pattern. Well, heres what one of them looks like! This is the dart moved to the waist, and then split into three darts. Also known as a dart cluster. Just wanted you to know what it looked like!
But let’s move on to the neckline. Here’s how to do it……
1. Place a piece of paper underneath your pattern, lining up the edge of the pattern with the edge of the paper. Tape in place. Extend your two parallel guidelines.
2. Since you will be raising the neckline, you will also need to add another button hole. I started with the button hole placement so that I had a better idea of where to draw the new neckline. The button holes are spaced about 1 1/2″ apart, and are about 3/4″ long.
3. Now decide how high you want your neckline. Don’t forget – you need to remember your seam allowance! I would suggest about 3/4 – 1″ above the top of your top buttonhole. At this point, draw a perpendicular line out from your center front guideline. VERY IMPORTANT – your perpendicular line must extend past your buttonholes, at least 1 1/4”. Possibly more.
4. Using a french curve or another curved tool, create your rounded neckline – connecting the end of your perpendicular line to your shoulder seam. Blend so you have a smooth, curved line.
5. To shape your facing, first fold inward along the first guideline, and then again along the center front guideline. While folded, cut along your new neckline shape.
That’s it! Unfold, and flatten back out before cutting out your fabric.