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The pattern directions call for you to sew two front pieces together to create a “V” shaped neck. THEN you sew the lining (which, itself, is sewn exactly the same as the outside) to the outside using a continuous seam. I get that you make sure the needle is down and then pivot. HOWEVER, doing do created a lumpy “V” in the center of the bodice.

How the heck do I avoid/get rid of this?!!


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    Jul 15, 2010, 03.18 AMby redscootergirl

    not sure if this will help, but when I was attaching lining to a V neck dress, I marked the stitching line with a ruler and tailors chalk – that way I got a nice striaght line, and knew exactly where I had to pivot the needle .

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    Jul 15, 2010, 07.08 AMby katexxxxxx

    When sewing into a V neck with a center seam, sew your lining/facing only to the seam line up the center front, leaving the CF seam allowances free. Start at the shoulder/back on each side and sew to the CF V. Grade the seam allowances on the inside and press carefully.

    I usually sew the facing/lining to the garment section before sewing the seam up the front of the fashion fabric and lining all in one go.

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    Jul 17, 2010, 05.22 AMby tinapickles

    Kate, can you explain once again, real slow like. I think I get what you’re saying, but I’m not 100% certain. More specifically, I don’t understand fully what you’re staying about the line up the center front…

    The pattern has two pieces that come together to make the bodice. There’s a dot that I pivot at. I think my error was in the seam trimming. I kinda just nipped it rather than grading the seam allowances…

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    Jul 26, 2010, 04.44 AMby scandium

    Make sure you trim the seam allowance right down or even just cut a great whacking notch in it :)

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    Dec 13, 2010, 12.59 PMby wardrobe-cat

    I prefer not to pivot but work from one shoulder to centre, remove then do the other side. Once i started changing direction rather than pivoting i got much neater shapings and certain fabrics didn’t distort on the other side. Also, getting the snip in as close to the stitching as possible, give it all a good press, makes it much nicer.

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    Jun 17, 2011, 10.35 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Maybe you would get a better result if, like on notched collars, you start a the point of the V and sew outwards, towards the shoulder, then removing your fabric from your sewing machine, start again at the point and sew up the other side of the V. You would have to tie the thread ends off unless you can gauge it for backstitching at the beginning.

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    Sep 25, 2011, 08.10 PMby patti-r

    Is the lining being used as the facing?

    Although these are facing may help, fingers crossedlhttp://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_c/C-233.html scroll down to v neck.


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    Sep 30, 2011, 01.55 PMby mickeygirl

    I usually have to hand baste these types of seams before I can machine sew.

    When the pattern says stitch to reinforce then clip to the dot, then sew. I don’t clip because usually that is what makes a mess of it. I clip after basting and machine sewing.

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