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Date: 2/28/13 12:41 PM

Just purchased a rtw top at a consignment store and although the neckline was low, I couldn't pass it up. Any suggestions on how to add fabric to the neckline. I have tried this before on other tops, without success. I will have to shorten the top, so extra fabric will be available.

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Date: 2/28/13 2:36 PM

What about adding a coordinating lace panel instead?

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Date: 2/28/13 4:38 PM

Thank you for your idea. I have tried doing that, but I can never get the lace to fit when it is on. When the top is off, the lace is straight and tight, but when it is put on, the lace always gaps. Any ideas with what I am doing wrong.

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Date: 2/28/13 5:07 PM

Depends on how low it is. And the shape of the neckline, and the style of the top....

Just an inch or so? Add a ruffle edge - but only if it works w/ the style of the top. (Shape shouldn't matter, you could even do it on a V.)

More than that? Is there enough extra fabric to create a cowl neckline? Then it doesn't matter if it gaps - since that's what you designed!

Or create some bias edging (for the new neckline) that will hold up the lace inset (more like a lace yoke).

Personally, I might just wear a cami under it.

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Date: 2/28/13 5:50 PM

Have you tried putting the top on and pinning fabric/stretch lace to where you would like it to sit. Baste in place to see if it still sits right before permanently stitching? It may not sit flat when off but great when on.

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Date: 2/28/13 11:42 PM

One blog had the tip of using 1/4" elastic in a casing on the top of the panel. She stitched it to one side and put the top on and snugged it up so it layed flat when worn. If I remember right her panel extended from one armhole to the other.

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Date: 3/1/13 1:06 AM

If this idea can be adopted it did work well for a very deep V neck. I guess the principle could be applied to any shape. I used the hem off-cuts and for each side I layered 2 pieces on top of each other (for the top) gradually parting the pieces to lay side by side to cover the decolletage area.
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For a round neck, it may have to be stretch / bias cut / or shaped like a facing perhaps to work?

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Date: 3/1/13 4:12 AM

Thanks guys great ideas. I bougt a RTW top with a higher neckline but with cut outs that go lower and shows areas of my bra & straps. I am going to add some lace detail and that should do the trick! It is so hard to find modest necklines- everything serms so low cut.

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Date: 3/1/13 5:34 AM

Thank you for showing this, love the idea.
-- Edited on 3/1/13 5:34 AM --

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Date: 3/1/13 10:13 AM

I have added to scoop neck and v neck t-shirts, as well. Just a similar weight t-shirt knit straight across the gap to mimic wearing a camisole under the t-shirt. I find I get gaping when I do a too straight up posture while measuring on myself. I need to allow for my typical, not ideal standing posture to make it work and bear in mind that I am working with knits, so there doesn't need to be much, if any, ease.

My co-workers are so impressed that I don't have my bra hanging out when our babies and toddlers pull on my tops. Little do they know how simple this is to do!

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