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Tips & Techniques > Non gaping wide low necklines.

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Posted on: 1/16/06 1:29 PM
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Using a pattern which calls for a wide and low neckline can show off your cleavage but can also result in some not wanting looks from others if your bend your body.
A wide and low neckline will not hug your body if the garment is not tight fitting, like a top or blouse.
To prevent some gaping while bending you can sew a small piece of boning covered in a fabric tube. Sew both ends shut, or if you want to remove the boning for washing or dry cleaning use a snap to close the fabric tube at the bottom part.
The top of the tube needs to be attached ( sewed or use a snap) at the inside of the center front neckline, or at the left side of the facing behind the button marking if your garment has a front closure like a blouse .
This way you can slip the boned tube into your bra. The result is a nice cleavage and no problems when bending over, the wide neckline will hug your body now.
I can not remember where I read or heard this tip but it is not my invention.

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Eider said... (4/28/07 11:45 PM) Reply
Great tip, one I plan to use often . Thanks for sharing it .
martinanne said... (1/27/06 6:47 AM) Reply
Very clever!
Asa Hagstrom said... (1/25/06 3:53 AM) Reply
I remember reading something similar in Susan Khalje's Bridal Sewing book. Thank you for reminding us about it!
Patti B said... (1/24/06 11:12 PM) Reply
What a great idea. I have a pattern to try it on too.
Luckylibbet said... (1/18/06 10:04 AM) Reply
I had that problem with the blouse I made for New Year's. I will follow this tip today so it's ready for the next fancy occasion.
Sew it seams said... (1/18/06 9:19 AM) Reply
Wow! That is a great tip! Thank you Els, and also Penny.
els said... (1/17/06 5:45 PM) Reply
Thanks Penny, for the more clear explanation.
Penny Carlson said... (1/17/06 5:25 PM) Reply
I can try to explain this a bit better. I use a collar stay for this technique, though. Make a thin tube of lightweight fabric, insert the stay, and sew the ends closed. Now, holding it VERTICALLY, tack the top of the stay to the center front neckline, about half an inch or so below the neck edge. It's best if you mark the place to sew it while wearing the top with the bra you'll wear with it. You will stick the free end of the stay into your bra. It works great! I think the tip comes from Claire Schaefer.
SewVeryTall said... (1/17/06 7:03 AM) Reply
What a cool idea, thanks for posting this Els! It's sort of like "paper clipping" your blouse to your bra.
lynny said... (1/17/06 5:10 AM) Reply
Thank-you, an easy fix for a problem I have encountered in the past.
Judy Williment said... (1/16/06 8:57 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks for posting it.
chick3y said... (1/16/06 1:40 PM) Reply
I'm having trouble visualizing this. Could you please post a picture for us visual learners :) Thanks
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