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Neckline adjustment to New Look 6071
How to make this less plunging
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Date: 8/7/13 8:45 PM

There have been several reviews for this dress pattern and almost all say the neckline is way too low. I'm about to cut out this pattern and wonder if anyone has figured out a good way to make the neckline more modest.

Here's the pattern:
New Look pattern - 6071
Thanks for any help. The pattern looks great but I sure would like to adjust the 'plunge'
-- Edited on 8/7/13 9:05 PM --
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Date: 8/8/13 9:57 AM

I think your success with this may depend on whether your bust is low or high. As I look at the neckline, the reason it's as low as it is is because the X shape of the draping continues below the V neckline and is designed to run under the bust. If your bust is very high you might be able to start at the shoulder seam and add a gradually widening amount to the edge that forms the neckline, thus raising it AND raising the part that goes under the bust. How this would then affect the armholes??

I think you may want to consider an alternative, like a well-designed filler piece to raise the point of the V. A curved top to an insert looks better than one that's just straight, or you could even design something with some drape to it by studying the cowl blouses that are around now.

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Date: 8/8/13 12:31 PM

On many designs, you can raise the neckline. You place your French Curve ruler on the pattern and move it up and down until the ruler's curve matches the pattern curve of the neckline (from the shoulder point to the neckline center point). Then, keeping the shoulder point in place, tilt and slide the center neck point up to where you want it.

On this design, if you raise the low point where the fabric crosses at the neckline, you would also raise the point where the fabric crosses over your chest. Instead of crossing under the breast, it would cross over the lower part of your breast. Not an attractive look.

Solution for this specific design is to wear a camisole or make an insert panel.

Search the Pattern Review boards for the word: modesty.

Search the Internet for the phrase: How to make a modesty panel or How to attach a modesty panel.

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~Epictetus

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Date: 8/8/13 2:02 PM

I agree that you cannot change the place of this V-pleat. It is like a cross-your -heart style bra. I could think of a band parallel to the neckline
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