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I have been quite impressed with the creations on the site. What I love the most is how creative people get with a pattern. I have been wondering about how to modify the neckline of a basic bodice (front and back). Is it hard to change a pattern with an oval neck to a V-neck, or a square neck, or even a different styled neckline? Are there tutorials on burda about modifying a bodice neckline if not, are there any books that people would recommend that teach this skill?


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    Mar 31, 2010, 12.43 PMby katexxxxxx

    Pint out the pattern you like and just modify the neckline with a pencil and ruler/french curves…

    It’s easy, it’s fun, and you can make the same dress look very different. Experiment with necklines in gash fabric.

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    Mar 31, 2010, 02.28 PMby gedwoods

    Your question is such a good one, sugar150 – patterns seem to incorporate such a lot of mysterious wisdom, we worry that if we tamper with them, we’ll make a mess of things! Even though I’ve taught myself to make my own patterns, when I encounter a professionally made one, I’m often daunted myself and end up doubting much of what I’ve learned. It takes a professional like KateXXXXXX to point out that experimentation is really the order of the day – although prepared patterns DO incorporate a lot of wisdom, this wisdom was arrived at through experimentation! So it is legitimate to play with the designs. I’m with Kate, take your heart in your hand and try it! Even if you make a few mistakes, you will add immeasurably to your skills!

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    Mar 31, 2010, 03.12 PMby sugar150

    Thanks for the responses. I definitely agree that experimentation is key. I recently started experimenting with necklines and thought maybe there is “technical” way of doing things.

    Gedwoods you’re right about the worry that comes with pattern tampering!

    Now I’m just going to experiment with lots of muslin!

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      Mar 31, 2010, 03.38 PMby katexxxxxx

      IKEA is the cheapest place I know for calico/muslin – at least, it is here in the UK! I bought a whole bolt recently.

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    Mar 31, 2010, 07.47 PMby mlssfshn

    If you feel like going further than necklines join our read along

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    May 3, 2010, 08.52 AMby ichigogirl

    I made a tutorial on how to change necklines to a deeper U- or V-neck, and how to avoid gaping necklines when doing it, check it out here Although experiments are the best way to learn, there are a few tricks that are hard to invent, I know a few, I wish I knew more!

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