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Date: 5/3/14 11:30 PM

I would like to to make this dress

But I am not comfortable with a deep plunging neckline.


Here are the pattern pieces.


I am wondering if I am on the right track for modifying this pattern to make it cover up more. Should I raise the red line higher? Is my red line drawn okay, or would you modify this pattern a different way? When doing that should I also add more pleats? Or not? Thanks for any advice!

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Date: 5/4/14 7:20 AM

I think you are on the right track, but given how low that V is on the model, I think you have to add a lot at center front, and may want to add a bit at the neck so that you don't change the neckline curve as much. I'd make a bodice in muslin, and leave lots of fabric at the neckline, then fold it in until I get the look I want, and measure what the addition is. Christine Jonson has a tip sheet for altering her wrap top pattern--it's a knit, but the same concept. http://www.cjpatterns.com/documents/WrapNecklineAlterationArticle.pdf

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Date: 5/4/14 9:26 AM

A popular technique lately is sheer illusion...making it look like it's open when it's actually not. This might be an option for you.

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Date: 5/4/14 9:28 AM

Maybe you just need to adjust how far over to cross the front pieces.
Definitely, make a muslin.

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Date: 5/4/14 10:11 AM

I must say that this alteration looks a lot like what I did to a wrap dress I'm working on now. I didn't actually add any at the neckline and started the additional fabric add lower down--you won't need much to make a big difference, because you're adding to both sides. But yes, make a muslin, and don't leave off the skirt--the weight will pull the bodice down and change the location of the waist.

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Date: 5/4/14 11:41 AM

Thanks for the help, especially the pdf! Sheer illusions are nice, but wouldn't work with my fabric for this project. Maybe another time. Ok, time to start tracing and muslining...!

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Date: 5/4/14 11:54 AM

I would copy and extend one or two pleats so the design is continuous.

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