|Whoa!.. those glasses help me see and help you see my wrinkles!|
As we enter the New Year one of my goals is to be more deliberate in what I wear and making sure it looks the best it possibly can on my particular body type. While I am thrilled to now be wearing a size 10 jeans I still have a wide back and chest that tends to make me look even bigger than I am in certain clothes.
The biggest offenders are traditionally cut t-shirt and turtlenecks. Put either of these on me and I instantly look 15 pounds heavier.. and who wants that?
|She looks great in this, I did not!|
Luckily my superpower is sewing so I knew what to do..
The first step was to pull the perfect t-shirt from my closet- the t-shirt with the perfect neckline for me.. a nice scoop that show some skin and a bit of cleavage but not so much that I risk looking like a homeschooling hussy.
The next step was to make a template of the neckline by tracing it onto a sheet of tag board ( you could also use paper) I use one template for both the front and back scoop.
I save the template ( thus using tag board) to remake the neck of many garments. Just fold it in half and tuck away with your patterns for storage.
The next step was the cutting away of the excess neck material
Laying the template on the neck I used a chalk wheel to easily mark around the neck scoop for the front.
Then before cutting I took the dress to the sewing machine and I stitched a STRETCH STITCH on the line in order to stabilize the knit from stretching.
After that I cut very carefully just to the inside of the stitching so that the stabilized part stays as part of the garment. ( and yes, even after all this time I still hold my breath making the first cuts :)
Same deal for the back, once the front of the neck is cut away lay on the template and mark in line for the back and then sew a stabilization stitch.
|Seems that I really need to clean my cutting mat, the spray adhesive build up is taking over!|
Ok!.. half way there! At this point I starch the neckline a bit to stabilize it further and let it dry.
At this point I was torn. I had originally intended to finish the new neckline with some plum colored stretch velvet that is great for this but as luck would have it the turtleneck that I chopped off left me with enough fabric to use the same fabric on the neckline ( not usually an option!)
Oh I dithered, but in the end my mind was made up due to the fact that I did not have a perfectly matching thread color for the plum - how that is possible I have no idea given the amount of thread I have, but such is the deal so I went with the matching fabric and some nice heather gray thread.
After that it was just about sewing the trim on wrong side up.. then flipping it over and then using a tiny zig-zag to re-sew from the top to secure the fabric to the back side. NOTE: use a walking foot to minimize stretching of fabric! Edit: I have been asked to expand on this rather sketchy bit about how I put the trim on the neckline. Seems that sometimes I do things that my head skips right over in the replay. I have decided that it is a bit much to shoe-horn in here so will do another post on it.. but in the mean time offer up a similar techniques Store Bought Look Neckline Treatment and I will get right on an expanded tutorial to show you how I do it!
Of course as usual I missed a spot due to getting to hasty.. but no worries.. thus put it back on the machine and catch that spot.. no one will be the wiser .. well, with the exception of you all --shhhh! This is also the time to do any trimming and adjusting that needs to be done to make it took fantastic!
All done!.. but with all the manhandling the fabric might be looking a bit wonky.. so give it a good misting with water or Best Press and then a light steaming with the iron and let it dry.
This same technique of remaking can also be done with Fold Over Elastic and here is a great little article on how to do just that! Using Fold Over Elastic to Finish a Neckline
So what do you think? Do you have clothing that could look better on you with just a bit of adjustment?Remember, it's about fitting clothes to your body, not your body to the clothes!
P.s. I would love to get this post out far and wide, would you mind sharing it or tweeting it out there for me?