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Darling Ranges Sewalong: How to raise the neckline

How to raise the neckline

The Darling Ranges dress is a low cut dress with a deep v neck – so if you’re not particularly a fan of low cut styles – you may want to learn how to raise the neckline a bit.

Once again, it’s not too hard! Here’s how:

how to raise the neckline on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryAdd some more pattern paper behind the neckline of your bodice pattern and tape it in place.

Decide how much higher you’d like the neckline. I wish I could give a guide for you on this, but unfortunately how deep the neckline is will differ based on your body shape and your personal preferences – the best indication you can get is from where it sits in relation to things like the bust points and armscyes.

Once you’ve decided how much you’d like to raise it, use your ruler to mark a point above the centrefold of the placket. I did 1″.

how to raise the neckline on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryExtend the fold lines.

how to raise the neckline on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryFold the placket along the fold lines as you would do with the fabric.

how to raise the neckline on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow draw a new neckline from the top of the new fold line you drew and the inner of the shoulder.

Pull out your scissors and cut along this line while the paper is still folded. This is the easiest way to accurately transfer the new neckline shape along the placket.

how to raise the neckline on the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryUnfold your pattern, and you’re ready to go!

Keep in mind that by raising the neckline you may need to add more buttons or change the arrangement of the buttons so that the finished dress closes nicely.


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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Clarissa
Clarissa
10 years ago

Thanks Meg! I was going to trial and error this adjustment, but now I don’t have to. All of these adjustment posts have been so helpful. :D

Marie
Marie
10 years ago

Hello Megan,
I think this will finally be the only change I will make on your pattern.
My Mom came to visit today and told me it looked perfect on me (I was especially concerned about the bust dart being too high).
Since I wear nursing bras at the moment, I think that the neckline is a bit low.
Should I then start cutting the fabric? I have not seen this step in the schedule.
I am getting really excited about making the dress, I just can’t wait anymore :-)

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Karen Hinson
Karen Hinson
10 months ago

Thank you sooo much. It is just what I needed. I am 5’1” so pattern fitting is tough. I am making a size 14 but will make a toile first.