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Hello there ,
I’m having problems with a dress that i’m sewing at the moment, the neckline around the breast area sticks out a good 2 inches or so ( like what happens to tee shirts that have been over stretched) I was wondering what i can do to fix it ? I’ve taken the neck bias off 3 time to try different methods but they all seem to do the same things :(


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    Jul 22, 2012, 10.23 PMby pinkdaffodils

    If you mean that the neckline is gap-py and gaping, there is a time tested trick my older friend’s great grandmother taught her, what you do is fit the outer fabric, so if you have to correct proportions as far as gathering and darts, put it on and fit it to your bust by pinning little tiny darts into the edge of the neckline, then cut out the corresponding lining piece to the size that your outer fabric is darted to. As you stitch them together to ease the outer fabric’s excess into the lining, and it will balance out the gaps.

    Or, if this won’t work because of the bias binding, cut the binding shorter, and ease it on to the neckline, so when it stretches out it won’t be gap-py. Hope this helps Cheers and good sewing

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    Jul 24, 2012, 07.31 AMby katexxxxxx

    Did you stay-stitch the neckline? If not, do that and draw up the stitching to fit the original pattern piece seam line… Try it on. If this controls the gaping, job done. If not, you can draw it up a little more. Press carefully to eliminate any ripples before attaching any binding or facing.

    Never cut bias binding to an exact length! It stretches. Fix the neckline length with stay stitching and then fit the bias binding to that. If you then want some give in the neckline, you can remove the stay stitching, but be aware that if the fabric doesn’t have natural recovery, you may well stretch it out of shape and introduce some new gapes.

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