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MariaDenmark Kirsten Kimono tee
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Date: 6/28/14 10:50 PM

I know everyone seems to love the MariaDenmark Kirsten Kimono tee. I like almost everything about it, but not the neckline. It's not flattering or something on me (I feel that way about all garments that have the boat neckline). Is there some way to change it? Even to make it a little less wide, a little more scoop neck? I could only find articles about how to change something to a boat neck, not how to minimize it or alter it to a different shape.

I tried putting another tee's neckline pattern on it but it didn't work. But I'm not super experienced, so maybe I just don't know how to do it.

Thanks for any tips!

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Date: 6/29/14 2:14 AM

I'm not sure why you feel that putting another tee's neckline pattern on it didn't work. That's what I would do.

I would take a straight ruler and use it to match the shoulder seam and draw a line to extend the shoulder seam lines inward towards the center. How much you extend towards the center depends on the new neckline that you want. Then I would find a neckline of another pattern that I liked or RTW tee that I liked and draw that neckline onto the Kirsten Kimono tee. To copy the neckline of an RTW tee you can either use a French curve or just trace the neckline.

Sorry I don't have any visuals for you but hopefully I'm making sense.

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Date: 6/29/14 8:34 AM

I just made a 2nd tee and redrew the neckline. My neck doesn't look good in that boatneck.

I started with the back, drew the neckline in about 3/4" and the blended to the original.

On the front, did the same, came in 3/4" (my bra straps were showing) but I dropped the center front about 1.5". Used my french curve and made a nice new neckline.

Or you can make it more of a Vee if you like. If you have a shirt with a neckline you like, check the curve using a french curve and copy it.

It's a great little tee and so easy to make.

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Date: 6/29/14 12:49 PM

I made mine a V-neck. I overlaid a Kwik Sew pattern to get started.
Another way to get started is to hold the pattern up to yourself.....I have a whole version, not a half and draw a new neckline.
Then use a ruler/french curve to even it out. Don't forget to add a SA.

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Date: 6/29/14 8:57 PM

Thank you all! I used all of the responses. First I imagined drawing a straight line extending the shoulder. Then I got a specific amount to try (3/4" on both back and front).

I found the back shoulder info very helpful, my attempt at this (before) doesn't look like what this attempt looked like (where the extended line gets blended to the original). In my original attempt, the back neckline was very flat/square or something -- this time, it looks like a "normal" neckline. Comparing it to the original MariaDenmark pattern, the overall neckline is not as wide. Yay!

On the front, I came in with the same 3/4" straight line, and then dropped the front about 2". Then I took a piece of tracing paper, folded like the fabric, and traced what I'd put down on both sides of the paper. Unfolded it -- and my front looked like a V neck! So I rounded it out. When I folded it back to see what it looked like, that new neck shape kind of flicks up a little at the fold. And in the end, it's about 1.5" lower than the original pattern. And the neckline is definitely not as wide (not a boatneck) any more. How about that?

I just cut it all out and sewed it up, and it looks GREAT. I will try to post pictures later -- it's not finished, only the shoulders and sides, but I'm very happy with the fit and the adjustments. Thank you again for taking the time to respond in a way that really helped me make this pattern work for me. It's so cute with its new scoop neck!

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