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How to draft a scoop neckline // A Rowan tutorial

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Sometimes i really struggle when i’m designing a new pattern, because i want to include ALL the possible variations i can think of, and sometimes, there just isn’t room. With the Rowan bodysuit and tee, a variation that missed out on inclusion was a scoop neckline, so today i’m going to show you how to draft one yourself!

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

And my friends it’s going to be so easy you’re going to love it!

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

The very first thing you should do is trace your pattern before you make any changes. You want to preserve your original pattern so you can use it in the future! Trace out the Front of the V neck tee (pattern piece 3) or V neck bodysuit (pattern piece 6), whichever you are making. You will also need to trace the Back pattern piece for the bodysuit (5) or the tee (2), and the V neck band (pattern piece 9).

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryOnce your pattern pieces are traced, measure 1″ (2.5cm) in from the neckline along the shoulder seam on the front pattern piece (in this example i’ll show you on the bodysuit, pattern piece 6). Redraw the neckline to gently curve towards the point of the V neck. You may find it useful to use a french curve, but you can free hand it if you like. You can also use the scoop neckline of another pattern as a guide, my Briar tee sewing pattern would work perfectly for this.

You will need to make a similar alteration to the back pattern piece by measuring 1″ (2.5cm) inward at the back neckline along the shoulder seam. Then redraw the back neckline curve from the new shoulder point to meet the centre back.

Next up take your V neck band pattern piece, and square off the end with the inverted V. Since we have added to the circumference of the neckline, we needed to add to the circumference of the neck band too, and this turns out to be a really quick and easy hack for this pattern.

Above are some pictures of what my pattern pieces looked like after i altered them.

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

From this point, attaching the neckband to the scoop neckline is exactly the same as it is for my Briar sweater and tee! For how to sew a neck band follow this easy tutorial.How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

And that is it my dears! Now you have a gorgeous scoop neck Rowan!

How to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryHow to draft a scoop neckline for the Rowan bodysuit and tee // Rowan bodysuit and tee sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Danielle
5 years ago

This is exactly the variation I was hoping for! Just one question though – how much extra length do you add to the neckband please?

Danielle
5 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Perfect, thanks! X

Suzanne
Suzanne
1 year ago

I was just about to ask the same question! So glad I checked the comments first. Thank you so much for offering the Curve version Meg: it makes a HUGE difference not having to attempt a FBA (which is rarely entirely successful for me). I am only going to buy patterns drafted for a D cup in future. I’ve just finished making a long-sleeved crew-neck tee which fits really well and wanted to make a scoop neck version in wine stretch velvet to re-create one I had some years ago and which I always felt good in; now I can have it ready for Christmas!!