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Message Board > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Gapping neckline

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mekira
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Date: 2/19/06 10:29 AM

Hi I'm new to PR

I just love this site. I've been spending a lot of time here reading and learning :)

Please excuse my English, I'm French canadian, I'm bilingual but it's easier for me in French :blush:

I'm making Jalie 2444 (I hope this works hehe)

I'm making the top. I made this before in a really good quality knit and I had no ajustments to make but this time I'm using a very streatchy knit that I bought at wallmart and the neckling gaps in the front and back, especially after I sewed in the bands (I used ribbing maybe that's my problem).

I was thinking of taking in some fabric at the seams of the front and back yoke (only on top cause it fits good in the breast area) or using a less streatchy ribbing for the bands.

I thought I'd put this here just to get a second opinion or some ideas that I didn't think about

I plan to use this to workout so if it's not perfect it's doesn't really matter but I want it to be wearable lol

Thanks

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Date: 2/19/06 11:32 AM

Is it possible you could take off the bands of ribbing and cut new ones an inch or so shorter? I think I'd try that before taking in the seams.

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Date: 2/19/06 3:10 PM

When stretchy fabrics get all rippled after being sewn I have had good results shrinking them back to size and shape by washing and drying.

You can also try basting the seams to see if taking them in solves the problem. They sure look like an easy place to adjust the fit.

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Date: 2/19/06 4:13 PM

Mekira, IMHO I would take the bands off, steam the neckline back into shape and stabilize the garment neckline with staytape or something similar. Then, reattach the bands.

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Date: 2/19/06 8:08 PM

Welcome, mekira! I am fairly new to PR, too.

I recommend that you remove the band and steam the neckline back into shape. Then baste the neckline seam so that it will maintain it's shape. Use a fabric that is within the range of stretch that the pattern recommends. Cut a strip the width recommended on the pattern and one inch shorter than the circumfrence of the neckline. Stitch the short ends together. Divide the band and the neckline into fourths. Pin the band to the neckline and baste. Then stitch into place.

mekira
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Date: 2/20/06 6:29 PM

Thanks for the tips :)

What I did is I steamed the neck so it comes back, I took in 3/4 inch on both yolks in the back. I think my problem is that the size is too big for me cause of my breast size (I'm a full 36C) so with this really strechy fabric well it gapped in the neck. I think I need to learn how to do a FBA ;)

I used some higher quality knit fabric as bands for the neck and the arm holes. I actually turned out pretty good except that the neck is a little tight when I put it on

One thing I learned about this is that cheap is not always the best way to go!!!! If I make this again I'll go for higher quality knit that doesn't stretch as much...

Hey maybe I should review this

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Date: 2/20/06 8:09 PM

Do you have a fairly slender neck? Maybe the next time you use this pattern, try tracing the next size down on the neckline only. I wear size L and XL in the Kwik Sew pattern line, but find I need to go down to a size medium on the neck if I don't want a gaping neckline.

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Date: 2/20/06 9:23 PM

Definitely learn the FBA-you'll love having necklines and shoulders that fit!

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Date: 2/22/06 8:16 AM

You might also try incorporating some clear elastic in there as you sew...stretched ever so slightly in front of the needle.

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