How to Fix a Low-Cut Blouse

Written by sarah haynes
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Low-cut blouses can be inappropriate at work or in public settings. A mishap of accidentally showing cleavage or your bra can occur when wearing a low-cut blouse. To avoid having this occur, the blouse can be altered or fixed so it is no longer low cut. Adding additional fabric to the blouse or creating a snap in piece is one of the easiest ways to have your blouse appropriate and wearable for any setting.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Straight pins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look for a fabric that is the same as the low-cut shirt. If this cannot be found, then use a complementary fabric. A lace fabric is good for a dressy blouse, while a simple cotton is preferred for a simple blouse. Only a small amount is needed, approximately 12 inches by 6 inches, so scrap fabric or an old shirt may be used.

  2. 2

    Place the fabric behind the low cut of the blouse and position it how you would like it to look. Most low-cut blouses are V cut, so you will want this spare piece to be a scoop neck or straight neck piece.

  3. 3

    Place straight pins through both fabrics. This keeps the blouse in place for where you want to sew in the spare piece.

  4. 4

    Turn the blouse inside out so you see the wrong side.

  5. 5

    Line the blouse's existing seam up on the sewing machine. Sew a straight seam to attach the new fabric to the blouse. This type of seam is normally called "stitch in a ditch," using the existing seam so it does not alter the look of the blouse.

  6. 6

    Cut off any excess fabric and thread and try on the blouse. If adjustments are needed, use a thread ripper to remove the seam and start over.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer not to add a scrap of fabric to the low-cut area, but simply want the blouse to fit better and not accidentally open up, you can sew in snaps or hooks and eyes at the top of the cleavage.
  • Be careful of your fingers when sewing to prevent accidents.

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