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Topic: T-shirt Alteration Help Greatly Appreciated - Neckline Too Big  (Read 6950 times)
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« on: February 28, 2012 10:50:21 PM »

T-shirts ALWAYS do this to me (grumble grumble). I'm short but I have a bust so it's virtually impossible to buy something off the rack and have it fit perfectly.

I just got a new job (yay!) and I will be in need of some new tops to wear to work. I'm hoping that someone will be able to give me some alteration tips in this area.

Sorry for the awful picture but it's very overcast today.

Oh and it's a T-shirt style top with jersey material.

Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2012 05:48:26 AM »

 You might be able to take it in on the top seam of the shoulder. I used to do several shirt alterations like this for a lady who liked higher necklines.

Turn the shirt right side out, smooth seam at the top of the shoulder. Mark 1" down from old seam line and taper out to the sleeve area.

Keep in mind that this does lengthen the shoulder seam but depending on the sleeve type/shoulder type it may not be an issue.


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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012 03:14:08 AM »

Firstly, congratulations on your new job.

As for your top/s perhaps you could fill in the neckline with lace like this: http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/wings.html

I'm guessing you have considered wearing a sleeveless higher-necked top underneath? I do this as I work with adolescent males. I've purchased some brightly colored tops with higher necks in surf wear shops - the armholes are very low (I've seen teens wearing them over their bikini tops) but it's covered by the other top & as I'm interested only in filling in the large neckline it doesn't matter.

« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012 05:05:31 AM »

I would sew elastic to either the whole circunference, the shoulders, the front or the back of the jersey t-shirt.  The style of the clothing will change according to where you and the rutching, but I think it looks nice and you will be modest.
I have the same issues with my tshirts.
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012 11:33:12 PM »

@rookiecrafter. YOU ARE A GENIUS. I unpicked a small section of the shoulder seams and threaded a length of elastic through the back part of the neckband - stitching it down at both ends - and it worked brilliantly. The T-shirt no longer reveals my bra or my cleavage.


@StitchWench. I waitress in a busy Italian restaurant so comfort is a priority; and with the humidity in Sydney lately I need to be as lightly dressed as possible. In winter, though, I will definitely do something like this. Thanks for your suggestions.
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012 06:30:38 AM »

I am glad I was able to help! I have this problem with many of my clothes. So I had to learn to make simple alterations out of necessity! Smiley
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