Custom Neckline Pattern Making Tutorial

In this tutorial, I will show you how to draft a series of simple custom necklines for the front and back of your bodice or torso block. Please note, all of our pattern cutting tutorials require you to download your custom basic blocks as an ePattern. 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 custom necklines that can be created using a few simple measurements such as, the Shoulder Width, Front Neck Drop and Back Neck Drop. I’ll also show you how to add a bit of shaping using curves.

Basic Block/ Sloper Elements

You do not need to draft any specific basic block to follow this tutorial. This technique of drafting a custom neckline can be applied to pretty much any basic block that features a standard neckline. Why not try this techniqque on either the bodice, torso or dress block? 


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  1. riani

    Hi there, huge fan of your website.

    How to download the custom neckline? I click on the link and it takes me to a new page and I can’t download the custom neckline that you’ve made


    • patternladmin

      Hi Riani. Are you talking about the Illustration sets?
      If so, then simply click the image link or button to open up a new page. Once you see the image, simply right click and select save image. This will save the image to your computer as an editable .svg which you can then play around with in Adobe illustrator.

  2. Beverleigh

    Hi Ralph
    Thanks for getting back to me.
    Yes question solved thanks.

  3. Beverleigh

    Hi Guys at PatternLab

    Firstly I would like to thank you all for such an inspiring site, I have been dressing making off and on for years but I have never learned how to manipulate and design patterns until now.
    I have followed your course on neckline and all went well, but I was not able to get the small illistration as you have on the page, can you tell me what I am doing wrong.

    Anyway keep up the good work and I am looking forward to more course.


    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Beverleigh.
      Thanks for your message! I’m glad you’re using the site and the tutorials. There will be more tutorials to come, we are just giving full priority to the Cup adjustments and skirt block release.
      I’m not sure I understand your question about the small illustration. The large illustration above features a download link to the original file. If you download that file and open it in Adobe Illustrator, you will be able to edit the small illustrations to design your top before amending the ePattern.
      Does that answer your question, or am I missing something?


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