Drafting a series of custom necklines

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. Below is an example of just some of the various necklines you can create with this tutorial.

Download illustration set (.Svg)

Love these illustrations and want to use them to design you custom neckline? click the button and start designing your custom necklines, so you’re ready to draft the real thing.

Tutorial features

  • Measuring and marking a point on the shoulder to create a new neck width. (front and Back blocks)
  • Measuring and marking a point on the centre front of your block  to create a custom neck depth. (front and back blocks)
  • Experimenting with curves to create yet more custom necklines.
  • Adding a custom seam allowance to your finished block

What next?

Download the multi-page PDF templates. If you are not sure what these templates are, then please use the above tutorial link.

6 Comments

  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

    thanks

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  2. Beverleigh

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

    Reply
  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.

    BumbleB

    Reply
    • 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?

      Reply

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