The more I sew my clothes, the more picky I become with clothes. Since I can sew it exactly to my liking, I have started forming likes and dislikes with clothes. One thing I love being able to do is making higher necklines. I love not having to wear a cami underneath for modesty. I still wear a cami, but I don’t have to worry about pulling it up constantly to cover myself. The first Union St Tee V neckline I made, I followed the pattern. After looking at some pictures I felt like the depth was right on the line of being too low or just right for my personal liking. I decided to go with it how it was and modify the next one if need be. Once it was all sewn up, it was ok, but I decided I wanted it slightly higher. It barely showed my cami, but I still was more comfortable with a tiny bit more coverage.
I was a little intimidated by altering the V neck, but it really wasn’t that hard at all. I decided I wanted to raise the neckline by one inch. Basically all I did was mark up 1″ from the lowest point on the pattern. I then drew a gradual line back to the original neckline. Once the new neckline was drawn, I needed to alter the neck band. To do this, I measured the original neckline, then measured the new neckline. The new neckline was only 1/4″ shorter so I cut off 1/4″ from the straight end of the band pattern piece. As with the other neckline bands, I always baste it to the neckline to make sure it fits nicely before sewing it in place. If in fact it doesn’t lay nicely (because all knits vary), it is much easier to rip out basting vs. serging! And that is it! An easy peasy way to alter the neckline on the beloved Union St Tee!
I seriously can’t get over how much I love this pattern. The fit is absolute perfection. This particular shirt, I actually sized up and added 2″ to the length. I was going for a more oversized look this time.
Now onto the pencil skirt! I was shopping a sale on fabric.com and came across this leopard print. I have been seeing lots of leopard trending right now and decided to add it to my cart. I didn’t know what exactly I was going to make with it, but knew I just needed it ;). After contemplating between a maxi and a pencil skirt, I went with pencil. I tend to like fitted on the bottom and flowy at top. I self drafted this pencil skirt and was planning on sharing a tutorial as well. It turned out tighter than I prefer, and I think it needs a slit in the back, so I decided to hold off on the tutorial. I love knit pencil skirts, especially during the summer, so I will be making another one. When I get it to my liking I will share a DIY pencil skirt tutorial!
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