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Mikgirl
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Date: 6/15/12 3:17 AM

I'm making a Butterick 5319 dress
Butterick 5319

I'm making a muslin and it seem to fit ok, but the neckline is a little low for my taste. (especially if I bend down it'll show inside)
Is there a way to raise this type of neckline?

I've tried it with similar dress pattern
V1235
I just added about 1/2in to the neckline, but it ended up gaping.
I'm not sure if it was because it's a knit, or would it happen to all types of fabrics?

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Date: 6/15/12 6:54 AM

You can run a line of 1/4 inch elastic along the top of the neckline...I have been doing this on my wrap front dresses.

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Date: 6/15/12 10:10 AM

Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics wrote about how do this on her blog.

The gaping is another matter, and depending on your bust size may require an FBA or an SBA. There's some discussion of the FBA on wraps here. I think there is probably much more on the boards on this topic, as well.

I need to do an SBA, which removes about 3/8 to 1/2 inch of the length of the crossover on each side, and in knits I cut the binding about 3 inches shorter than the neckline length (depending on the stretch in my fabric), to pull that neckline snug. Make sure you stabilize the entire neckline just after cutting (knit or woven), before the fabric has a chance to stretch out in sewing, since that whole front neckline is on the bias. Strips of regular fusible interfacing for wovens, and knit tape for knits, work well for this purpose.

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Date: 6/15/12 12:17 PM

If you have gaping, you need to shorten your binding. When you attach the binding, gently pull it (binding only; don't pull on the garment!) as you sew/serge it to the neckline. You want more pull along the back neckline, to keep it snug against your neck; less over the shoulder areas, and again more pull over the front neckline areas.

I don't stay stitch knits, but don't let the garment hang off an edge, and pick it up as a rolled bundle, not by the fabric edges, to prevent it stretching before you sew.

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Date: 6/15/12 6:47 PM

Thank you for the tips.
This pattern has a lining, so I can't really adjust the binding... Or use the elastic.
The shoulder is also falling off a bit, so I shifted inward about 1/2in. This might reduce the amount of skin showing around the chest.
Then I raised the front by about 1/3in using the blog mentioned.
Hopefully it works!!

As for SBA, I might need it a bit... But the process scares me!!
One day when I'm brave enough I'll give it a try...

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Date: 6/17/12 11:23 PM

I'm almost done with this dress, and ugh, I do need SBA. :(
The front is gaping.
It's not as noticeable but I do need to wear a cami underneath. :(
I guess I need to learn how to do an SBA...
I feel like I need to perfect this pattern.

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Date: 6/19/12 2:13 PM

Thanks so much for this information. It is just what I need for my next dress project. Perfect timing!

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Date: 6/19/12 2:32 PM

Strongnow,
I finished my dress and here's the review.
Butterick 5319 review

I still need to work on the SBA, and found Slapdash's tutorial.
I'll have to learn it...
SBA tutorial

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Date: 6/19/12 6:36 PM

If you raise the neckline at the cf by curving into the remainder of the neckline you are actually adding to the length of the neckline since a curve is longer than a straight line. You can take it up at the shoulder and or ease to a stay tape.

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