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My husband is a med. with a 17.5 collar!!!! helpH
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Date: 1/4/09 4:29 PM

I have purchased a pattern to try to fix his collar problems with reenactment clothing. His neck has always been a problem. He is tall and not that big of a guy but the neck size is huge for a medium pattern. How can I increase the neck size on a medium pattern so he can really use his top button? Thanks so much!!

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Date: 1/4/09 4:43 PM

You're going to have to make the neck opening larger. One easy way to do this is put the shirt together, then trim away some of the seam allowance from the neck opening. Using the old (pi x d) formula for computing the circumference of a circle, figure that for every 1/4" you trim away, you'll be enlarging the neck size by about 3/4". I usually cut away a little less at the center back, and a little more at the sides and front. Then you have to slash the collar and collar band pattern pieces (if there are any) at the center back and enlarge them by the same amount. If you're uneasy about winging it, buy a shirt pattern with the correct neck size and lay the neck portion of that pattern on top of the one you're altering.

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Date: 1/4/09 4:45 PM

Is the pattern multi-size? If so, what I have done in the past for the same issue is trace the Medium but use the Large, XL or XXL (whatever size you need) for the neck and collar. It's actually very easy as long as you have the sizes you need in the same pattern envelope.

If you don't, trace the medium then find another pattern in the larger size and use the neck and collar from that pattern. HTH

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Date: 1/8/09 11:58 AM

Kwik Sew 2777 has multiple sizes, and interchangeable collar sizes, so that you can easily use any collar size (14.5 to 18.5") with any shirt size (S to XXL). As Belinda has pointed out, you can do this with any multi-size pattern, but the pattern manufacturers don't tell you.

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