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April 8, 2014

I wanted to make the neckline of a shirt from sale smaller. I added extra fabric from a preloved shirt I never actually wore but liked the colours and patterns.

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Here’s how I did it.

ImageMake a pattern placing paper on top of the (light turquoise) shirt and draw how much more fabric you want to add. You can free hand the whole thing or just one half and then fold fabrics and paper to center and use symmetry. Remember to add seam allowance. Cut the paper. Pin the pattern on top of the (brown) shirt and cut the fabric.

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Place the fabric on the shirt wrong sides facing you. Fold both vertically in half first to find center and start to pin from the middle. Check the right side before sewing. The beading in the brown shirt was not in the middle to begin with so I went with “close enough”.

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Sew with zigzag. As you may see my machine’s stitch is not very reliable but will do.