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Enlarging neck on dress or blouse pattern! NEED HELP!
Need help enlarging neckline on dress!!!
Balex
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Date: 3/19/13 12:12 PM

I am working on a vintage dress pattern. All the pieces have been traced to preserve the original. When measuring the collar it appears to be a good 4 1/2 inches smaller than I would like compared to another pattern I have where the neck is perfect. Enlarging the collar piece seems simple. However how do I make the neckline bigger on the back and bodice pieces? Do I evenly distribute the 4 1/2 inches between the front and back? Do I trim away excess fabric after adding the collar? Is there a tutorial somewhere that shows step by step how to do this? I don't want to mess this up. One place I read said to sew deeper into the neck, so I am confused. Do I trace over the pattern using one that fits better? The dress buttons down the front.

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Date: 3/19/13 4:04 PM

If the one you have that fits better has the same style collar, only larger, I would trace that neckline onto the pattern and use the collar. Much simpler than having to redraft a new neckline and collar!

Debbie

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Date: 3/19/13 4:34 PM

That seems to be the easiest option. I really need to cut fabric so I can get this made.

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