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Date: 8/24/08 12:19 PM

Hi, everyone -- I just have what I think is probably a stupid question regarding raising the neckline on a wrap top.

I know how to get the increase height so to speak. The two methods I've seen seem to indicate that the pattern alteration only needs to be done on the pattern piece for the outside (top piece of the wrap) and not on the pattern piece for the inside of the wrap. Does that sound right?

I can sorta visualize why you don't need it on both pieces but then again, since your changing the one patter piece from the shoulder down, it seems like you would want the other pattern piece to match? Thanks for any help. Susan

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Date: 8/24/08 12:30 PM

Quote: Susan C
Hi, everyone -- I just have what I think is probably a stupid question regarding raising the neckline on a wrap top.



I know how to get the increase height so to speak. The two methods I've seen seem to indicate that the pattern alteration only needs to be done on the pattern piece for the outside (top piece of the wrap) and not on the pattern piece for the inside of the wrap. Does that sound right?



I can sorta visualize why you don't need it on both pieces but then again, since your changing the one patter piece from the shoulder down, it seems like you would want the other pattern piece to match? Thanks for any help. Susan

I would alter both pattern pieces, so that the neckline would be symmetrical. You might want to check out Ann Steeve's tutorial for guidance.

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Date: 8/24/08 1:02 PM

That's the tutorial I used. It only shows the alteration to the top pattern piece and I didn't know if that was because she assumed you knew to do both or if you were only supposed to do the one. I have instructions from someone else and they only show the one also. I told you it was a stupid question....
-- Edited on 8/24/08 1:03 PM --

P.S. Thanks so much for reassuring me. I am going to make the alternation to both pieces and quit obsessing as in GET SOME SEWING DONE!!!
-- Edited on 8/24/08 1:04 PM --

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Date: 8/24/08 1:11 PM

since you use the same pattern piece to cut both pieces, you are simultaneously altering both.

There is no reason to make mention of altering both pieces, because there is no second pattern piece, in a commercial pattern the piece is marked "cut 2"....does that help?

You are not keeping one piece and making a second new piece, you are simply altering the piece you are going to cut two pieces with.

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Date: 8/24/08 10:46 PM

I agree with all above, most of the time it is one bodice front pattern piece, cut x2.....However, there are some wrap tops that I have made that have a right front and a left front, because of the way the wrap front gathers on one side. In that case, raise both fronts.....what you do to one, do to the other.


If you look closely at Ann's muslin, you see that both fronts are raised and that both fronts have the clip along the front edge.
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Date: 8/25/08 4:10 AM

at a bit of a tangent to the question raised, has anyone found it quite difficult to draft wrap styles for fuller figures, also short waisted? I've done several of these for someone fairly short stature, f-cup, and the main problem is getting a good line, which meets and ties in the right place, but at the same time covers up enough, doesn't gape, and doesn't cut across the bust area in a wonky way. In principle, you'd think a wrap style would be very easy, but in practice, I think its one of the most difficult. I always seem to end up with a style compromise.

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Date: 8/25/08 7:32 AM

Quote: petro
at a bit of a tangent to the question raised, has anyone found it quite difficult to draft wrap styles for fuller figures, also short waisted? I've done several of these for someone fairly short stature, f-cup, and the main problem is getting a good line, which meets and ties in the right place, but at the same time covers up enough, doesn't gape, and doesn't cut across the bust area in a wonky way. In principle, you'd think a wrap style would be very easy, but in practice, I think its one of the most difficult. I always seem to end up with a style compromise.

Are you drafting the pattern yourself or are you starting with a commercial pattern?

Also, if you are starting with a commercial pattern, are you just raising the neckline, or are you also doing an FBA? An F-cup would definitely need one.

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Date: 8/25/08 8:31 AM

If you are raising the neckline - I assume you are tapering from the shoulder seam, do you taper it back in to the original height at the underarm seam? I saw the picture in the tutorial, but wouldn't that just make the top gape open?

I also find most wrap bodices too low-cut.
-- Edited on 8/25/08 8:33 AM --

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