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I love this neckline but I have no idea how to recreate this look!



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    Jan 24, 2010, 11.19 AMby katexxxxxx

    Not really a cowl neckline, is it… Hm… I’d want to see that in 3D and pick one to bits before advising how to do it.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 12.01 PMby bekaem

    To achieve the asymmetrical neckline I would do this: take the pattern for a standard sloper or a slim dress pattern and construct a cowl neck line (for instance see link that ichigoogirl has given with her cowl neck dress http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-01.html). Draft the top-front/ shoulder part that isn’t part of the cowl from the original pattern (as in the pics where the model’s hair isn’t in the way…). And add the two together. Alternatively draft the cowl directly from the pattern with the asymmetrical part already taken off.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 07.56 PMby mlssfshn

    I would use a sheath dress pattern and draft my asymetrical neck line I would then slash and spread the left side of the neck line in 2 places to make the creases you see and do a slash to the right and one down the center and only spread these a little.

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      Jan 25, 2010, 11.45 PMby mlssfshn

      I saw the exact top in a commercial today and it’s not a cowl. I’m recreating it on my half size model right now and will post tonight.

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      Jan 26, 2010, 01.42 AMby mlssfshn

      In my first explanation there were to many steps all steps are in the pictures. It would lay better with a stretch knit fabric. I used muslin. It’s not a cowl at all but made with a very fitted bodice with fabric added at different amounts between shoulder and breast. To see a larger picture click here

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      Feb 1, 2010, 06.09 PMby anajan

      Your pictures are so helpful! Great, clear instructions.
      It would be nice if you could post it among tutorials, to save it for good.

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      Feb 1, 2010, 06.44 PMby mlssfshn

      I know I’m trying to get better time management and organize my self to do these things, but I live my life by the seat of my pants and hard to stay focused. I have several things I want to post, but haven’t. Hopefully I gave myself the swift kick in the but over the weekend that will help me do this.

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    Jan 25, 2010, 02.35 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    a not-so technical/drafting approach:

    it looks like you can take a small cowl neck and thread tack it off to the side. it wouldn’t be as exact as the original, but it would look close.

    i agree with Kate, really would like to touch and pick this one apart!

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    Jan 25, 2010, 01.11 PMby bubbley74

    Sorry but it looks like a cowl neck puled and tucked to the side.!

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    Jan 29, 2010, 06.56 PMby mlssfshn

    I’ve actually left this on my form and the side with out the creases doesn’t need to be lengthened at all in my pictures that ’s the right shoulder in the first 3 pics and the left shoulder on the mannequin.

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      Jan 31, 2010, 09.27 PMby orrianna

      Thanks so much for your help and the pictures really help!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 09.28 PMby orrianna

    Thanks for all the help, I will post pics when I’m done!

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    Jun 12, 2010, 03.44 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    It looks to me like a mild cowl neckline. If you have a bodice sloper you can use the instructions here: – http://vintagesewing.info/1940s/42-mpd/mpd-01.html#adaptations

    You should first make your sloper ready for ‘centre front control’. Further down the page are instructions for making a cowl neckline.

    If you don’t have a sloper, there are instructions on the website, in Modern Pattern Design (1942), chapter 2, for making a bodice sloper.

    I hope this helps!

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    Jun 14, 2010, 01.15 PMby ichigogirl

    I think it’s just like Missfhns instructions, but that very same neckline is in Pattern Magic, not quite sure but I think it’s in volume 2.

    Here’s a pic and translation of the instructions for a very similar neckline in Pattern Magic, only it’s symmetrical:


    I’m surprised that many, many big designers copy her designs straight off…

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    Jul 5, 2010, 01.11 PMby magdamagda

    if you zoom the pic with the front detail it appears that the neckline is made out of two pieces: a triangular one on the left side of the picture, interfaced and with a simple pattern kind of “what you see is what you get”… the piece on the right side of the picture which is the same that continues with the rest of the upper block is draped, the pattern would look bigger than the actual projection on a manequin, i’d say the kind of “what you see is not what you get” :) good luck!

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