Resizing a Slash Neck…

Peops, it’s been a little while! I have a few bits of news to share with you….but all in good time! First let’s get down to a little bit of garment tweaking!

I bought this particular garment a little while ago. It was a few sizes bigger than my actual dress size. No matter I thought. It would just look lovely and slouchy. Which is the kinda mood I’m in style wise. So merrily I paid and left the shop. Well the next day I wore this top for a trade fair at Alexandra Palace (there’s a slight hint to a bit of news I have right there ;). Aaaaanyway, slouchy it was. But not in a good way! I love me a slash neckline, but I spent the whole day pulling the sleeves back up and hoiking the thing back onto my shoulders. Bloomin’ irritating! So on my next day off (another hint đŸ˜‰ I slapped it onto my sewing table and set to work….I promptly sorted it in all of 10mins…

This shot better shows the difference in the neckline…

Using this method I managed to sort the too wide neckline, and falling down sleeves in a few quick and simple steps. I used inch wide masking tape to mark a new stitching line all down the sleeve seam; from the neck to the cuff…

…pinned my new stitching line and removed the masking tape guide…

…stitched along the new seamline, zig zag stitched next to that (still no overlocker!) and trimmed off the excess.

A simple 10 minute fix to a top that was several sizes too big, and now fits beautifully!

Sometimes a quickie project can be just as satisfying as something more complex đŸ™‚


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  1. Sarah October 16, 2013

    Ahh I have top that I need to do the very same thing to, thanks for sharing!

  2. Anne Weaver October 16, 2013

    Great fix!! I’ve linked to your tutorial here:

  3. Pam October 16, 2013

    Great fix! I have a sewing fail I may try this on:)

  4. donna kimball October 16, 2013

    This is awesome. I love t shirts. But I can’t stand them up around my neck. So I cut the ribbing off. And then sew around the neck. Which is usually way to large. This will make it to where I can fix them to look nicer. Thank You.

  5. Annabellouise October 16, 2013

    Clever. I will remember this one.

  6. opportunityknits October 17, 2013

    I do have this problem with necklines that are too wide, so this is a useful tip!

  7. creativelymotivated October 17, 2013

    With sloping shoulders I almost always have this problem. Great tip!


  8. Chris October 19, 2013

    That was very clever – good job!


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