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Would love to know how to draft a cowl neckline onto a basic bodice pattern please?

Have searched everywhere. Hope someone can help me.

Thank you


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    Jul 19, 2013, 03.51 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    Here is how I would do it. On your traced pattern, draw 4-5 lines from the shoulder and possibly armscye to the CF. Lay this trace pattern on top of a larger sheet of paper. Cut along the lines upto but not through the shoulder seam (and armscye seam if you are using that too). Spread them open about 2-4cm each and sellotape them down onto the larger sheet of paper beneath. Tape the rest of the pattern down.

    Place a tailor’s square (or a subsitute for one) on top of your pattern with some place on the long leg “resting” on the CF hem, and the other leg against the neckline. The angle is up to you, but remember that the distance from the corner point to the neckline is about how deep the neckline will be. Draw along the tailor’s square. Don’t worry if the “fingers” of the slashed pattern extend beyond the new CF fold line. They were farther out than your original pattern’s measurements anyway.

    If your neckline is straight, you can have a cut-on facing that folds down like a hem.

    The cown must be cut on the bias if made in woven fabrics so mark this on your pattern by drawing a 45 degree angle from the new centre front fold.

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    Jul 26, 2013, 06.53 PMby julietta

    If you are using a basic bodice with a bust dart, draw a straight line from the tip of the dart to the center front. Then cut along this line and close the bust dart so that you are opening a dart at the center front. This is now your cowl and you will simply have to draw a wide facing for the neckline to finish it.

    I hope this helps!

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