Pattern cutting necklines

Welcome to the pattern cutting necklines course. Here you’ll learn how to draft a variety of different necklines from the basic bodice or torso block. That might not be the block you’d like to customise, but don’t worry, all of the necklines that are featured here can be applied to any basic block. So if you’re interested in pattern cutting necklines, using the swimwear blocks or stretch blocks then these tutorials will work just fine.

We are still in the process of releasing a number of basic blocks so please be patient, we’ll have them ready soon! In the meantime, why not get ahead of the curve and learn using the bodice or torso block? Once you’ve finished the course, you’ll be able to draft any neckline you wish on any block – past present or future!

Drafting basic necklines

In this tutorial, I will show you how to draft a series of simple front and back necklines. The fact that they are simple or basic, does not limit us in the slightest. It is simply amazing how many different front and back necklines that can be created using a few simple measurements. I’ll also show you how to add a bit of shaping using curves.

Creating a facing for the front and back neckline

Creating a custom neckline is great, but how do we get rid of the raw edges or seam allowance, around the neck and armhole, once we’ve made the garment? It’s simple, we add a facing. Facings are usually cut from the same fabric as the rest of the garment. The facing pattern is created by tracing parts of the existing block to create a brand new one, that sits alongside the existing block. Check out the tutorial and learn how to create a facing for your custom neckline.

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