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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Adjusting neckline on Sewaholic Renfrew ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Adjusting neckline on Sewaholic Renfrew
and adjusting the neckband too
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Date: 12/27/12 3:57 AM

After 3 attempts in 3 different knits, I've realized that the way the renfrew neckline is drafted is just too wide for my frame. I love the depth of the neckline in the size I originally made (an 8), but in the most stable of the 3 fabrics the seam line where the neckband attaches to the body of the shirt sits exactly on top of my bra strap, in the stretchiest of the 3 both straps show when I move my arms a lot. Just cutting a smaller size at the neckline won't really achieve the result that I'm looking for, because I'd be loosing depth and changing the look of the neckline-I like the scoop neck and don't want it to be a crewneck.

Neckline width is a chronic problem for me. My "bra-strap to bra-strap" measurement is only 8.5" (see this post at 3hourspast for detail: http://3hourspast.com/2012/04/16/status-update-on-sisters-of-edwardia-and-a-weird-as-sizing-inquiry/), which is apparently waaay below average (Amy Herzog's sweater-fit series indicates that the average strap-to-strap among women she's polled is a little over 12 inches).

I think I could get away with reducing the neckline width 1/4 inch on each side at the top of the neckline, blending in where it starts bending into the U shape at the bottom, but I have no idea how to alter the neckband so that it doesn't bag out. I've done this before on knit necklines with a "fold and zigzag" finish, and with foldover elastic, but the banded necklines are a big part of what attracts me to the renfrew, and I don't want to mess them up too badly.
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Date: 12/27/12 5:21 AM

1-Measure the existing pattern neckline at the seam line (not the cutting line), then measure the finished length of the band for that neckline. Divide the band measurement by the neckline measurement.

2- Draw your new neckline, and measure along that new seamline. Multiply that number by the band/neckline ratio you got in step 1 to get the finished band length for the new neckline. Remember to add seam allowances to the end of the new band length.

None of these measurements have to be exact...just close. Every knit is different, so there's always a little room for variation. This will just give you a starting point...a rough estimate...and that should be just fine. Just make sure your new band length fits over your head - not usually a problem unless you're sewing a crew or turtleneck.
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