Today I will be sharing a tutorial on How to Raise the neckline on your Anna Blouse Pattern.
1) Trace the Front pattern on a new sheet of paper.
2) Based on the muslin and where you want the new neckline edge to fall, mark that point on the newly traced pattern at the folded edge. For this example, I am going to raise the neckline by 3/4".
Place the top edge of the pattern on the new mark, lining up the pattern at the CF fold.
4) Trace the new neckline.
5) The binding will need to be shortened to the new measurement as well. Since you are making the front neckline shorter, you will need to make the binding shorter between the Shoulder and the Center Front.
The amount you raise the neckline = the amount you will shorten the neck binding.
In this example I raised the neckline by 3/4" so I will shorten the binding by 3/4".
6) For the Tie Neck Version:
Trace the binding pattern on a clean sheet of paper. Mark CF, CB, shoulder and grain line.
Fold on the first line and match the second. Tape in place.
This is your new neck binding pattern for the higher neckline.
7) For the version Without a Neck Tie:
Trace the binding pattern on a clean sheet of paper. Mark CF, CB, shoulder and Grainline
Draw a line perpendicular to the long edge on the neck binding 3/4" from the Center Front. This will be your new CF Fold line.
You are now ready to sew up your Anna Blouse with the Higher Neckline!
If you would like a resource for fitting and pattern alterations, my favorite book is "Threads Fitting for every Figure"
I will share a tutorial on making the short sleeve bicep larger tomorrow.