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Cynthia2
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Date: 5/10/11 9:52 PM

I made Vogue 9771 several years ago and while I like the pattern overall, the cowl neck is actually quite high. On the pattern illustration it appears the cowl is about 2" - 3" below the base of the neck. In reality, it hits right at a jewel neckline. Does anyone know how I can lower it about 1 1/2"?

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Cynthia

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Date: 5/13/11 1:02 PM

You'd have to redraft the cowl by changing the angle of the shoulder seam, while keeping the length of the seam the same.

Measure the seam, then mark your ruler at that point with tape or something, then angle the ruler up from the sleeve cap maybe two inches or so. Mark the point and redraw the shoulder seam, then redraw the neckline cutting line perpendicular to the grain line. You'll probably have to test it a bit to get it exactly where you want it.

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Date: 5/13/11 1:35 PM

Now, I was just wondering that.

So, the shoulder seam starts in the same place at your shoulder edge OBVIOUSLY but the neck end of the shoulder seam is now higher? And that makes the middle of the cowl lower?

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Date: 5/13/11 1:38 PM

The neck edge is longer, but the shoulder seam is the same length. Because the angle of the shoulder seam is changed, the neck edge changes.

-- Edited on 5/13/11 1:51 PM --

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Date: 5/13/11 1:43 PM

Right, and gravity will bring the neck edge of the shoulder seam back to your neck, even though it's angled upwards? yes?

OK let me sneak in an FBA question while I have your attention. If I were to alter this pattern (let's ignore the fact I made a dogs breakfast of altering it some time ago, pretend I'm starting from scratch), and spread out the FBA into the cowl, do I want to add width to the neckline i.e spread out the FBA on the neckline, or length to the front, i.e. spread it out vertically, or both?

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Date: 5/13/11 1:50 PM

Being between an A and B cup, I really have no idea! Sorry about that. I'm adding a pic of the alteration to the previous post.

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Date: 5/13/11 1:58 PM

Oh OK! I do understand the alteration now though!

Must scuttle off and ask about the FBA too.

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