It is amazing how something as simple as a neckline can change the outlook of an outfit. For instance, having a collar on a shirt gives the wearer a smart image. A V neckline gives the outfit a sultry look; it is a great way to enhance a woman's figure because of the plunging effect it has. Adding a V neckline to a dress also changes the way an outfit can be styled because it opens up the different necklaces which can be worn with it that may not have suited its previous style.
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Things you need
- Fabric chalk
- Tissue paper
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
Put the dress you want to alter on. Check and double check how far down you want the V neckline to go. Using fabric chalk, lightly mark on the dress where the tip for the V neckline will end. Remove the dress and turn it inside out. Duplicate the mark on the front to the inside of the dress.
Pin the tissue paper to the dress and start to measure out the neckline. Start by finding the centre of the neckline and using a ruler draw a straight line down to the pre-marked tip that you are aiming for. After this, starting at the corners of the existing neckline, draw and measure diagonal lines down to the tip.
Cut down the centre straight line and fold the remaining fabric over to create the hem. Pin the new hem into place and play around with this until you are 100% happy with it.
Where the left and right side of the V neckline meet at the tip, cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle so that they meet each other perfectly in the middle. Once again, pin this into place and make sure it looks how you want the finished product to end.
Carefully stitch the new hem into place. Use coloured thread which matches the dress. If an exact match cannot be found, use a coloured thread which is either one shade lighter or darker than the dress so it doesn't stand out too much.
Adding a V neckline to a dress
Tips and warnings
- Before you start making changes to the dress it is best to practice first on either fabric or an old dress. This will help you to find out the exact result you are after and hopefully avoid any mistakes when working on the real thing.
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