Taking it up a notch

Maybe it's my old age, maybe it's just my old prudish ways, but the neck line is a little too plunging for me. If you are the same here's a quick way to take it up a notch. If you're not like me, well, all the power to you!

Step 1. trace the neck line of the pattern on a piece of paper
(this allows you to keep the same shape, just higher)

Step 2. cut paper along traced line

Step 3. mark any end seam circles
(pattern paper is so thin I just use a pen to poke through onto the bottom paper)

Step 4. slide your bottom paper straight up until you have
reached your desired neck line height.

Step 5. tape in place and trim off any excess
Step 6. Pin to fabric and cut using your new neck line.

Happy plunging!


  1. Thank you for this. I always just sort of cut it a little higher and hope for the best. This is better for sure.

  2. Great information on cutting a new neckline!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:



  3. Thanks for the great tip. I never know how to make these kind of adjustments, so if the pattern doesn't work just right for me, I'm usually out of luck. This is so helpful!

  4. Thanks. Seems like just about everything is too low for me.

  5. Anonymous14.9.09

    On raising a blouse neckline with facings, how do you re-shape the facings?

  6. most facings are just mirror images of the neckline. so do the exact same changes on both. it should work. (although it wouldn't be a bad a idea to do a test run with some muslin)

  7. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a new to sewing and this was exactly the information I needed for my next two projects.

  8. Anonymous16.2.10

    Wow - you have awesome tips! I am new to your site and having a good look around. Tamara

  9. Anonymous25.9.10

    How do you prevent the front neckline slipping to the back on a handmade cotton jersey stretch tunic?
    I wore my tunic soon after i finished sewing but was disappointed in the fact that the front of the neckline slipped to the back of my neck making it look as if i was wearing the tunic backward or the wrong way round..

  10. Donna19.3.11

    This is so great! Thank you for posting this, it is the first one that I found (after looking at about 10 sites) that actually showed the process in action with a real pattern. Thank again!