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July 25, 2008

New Look 6648 neckline

Filed under: Gigi,Tutorials — Gigi @ 4:38 pm

Jan was wondering how to narrow the neckline of this (or any) top so I thought I’d just post a quick photo showing how it’s done. The heavy green line is the original neckline. I do not recommend using markers for your pattern work (messy and the lines are too fat) but the pencil lines wouldn’t show up. It’s a little wonky because I traced over the original line freehand just so you could see it. You can see from my notes on the pattern that I brought the neckline in 1″ at the shoulders and raised it 1/2″ at the center front (I had previously lowered it 1.5″ at the center front). The other line you see on the pattern is my facing line. If I plan on using this pattern often I will retrace it onto manila paper. Whenever I retrace or transfer a pattern I always make a note of all adjustments made to the pattern for future reference – usually just numbers and arrows.


Then I used my mini French curve to redraw the neckline and repeat the process on the back. I do have the regular Fairgate French curve but the mini curve is so handy for necklines. I have no idea where to buy these, my friend Cynthia bought this one for me in NYC.


I hope that helps, Jan!


  1. I saw a mini french curve at Office Max just last week. Now I need to go get it!! Thanks for the tutorial. 🙂

    Comment by Claire — July 26, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  2. Hi Gigi:

    I had a question regarding the New Look pattern (view A, same as you made).

    As I was preparing the tissue to cut it out, I noticed that the back pattern piece is a bit longer than the front. So when matching notches when seaming the side seams and shoulder seams, this will cause the front shoulder seam to roll toward the front. Is that right, or am I missing something??

    I luv your blog and tutorials. You are a true inspiration :>)


    Comment by Michele — July 26, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A thousand times thank you. I didn’t get to this pattern this weekend, instead I worked with my daughter on a dress for her. I will use you tutorial tonight. Oh, and did I say thank you.
    And I’m on my way to Office Max at lunch.


    Comment by Jan — July 28, 2008 @ 9:02 am

  4. The exact curve: (they carry both sizes no affiliation etc……)

    Comment by annonemoose — August 7, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

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