Do you see that blue satin shirt on the left in this photo? It’s the boatneck shirt from my McCall’s Barbie pattern 5462, but I’ve altered the neckline.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been showing you different ways to alter a single pattern for making a Barbie doll shirt. Today I’m going to show you how simple it is to change a boatneck shirt to a scoop neck shirt.
Take a look at the Curvy Barbie outfit below.
When I first posted this pattern on Facebook, a lady complained that she didn’t like the shirt’s neckline. (Granted, she didn’t know I’d see her comment, so I think she was just being honest with the folks in our sewing group without meaning to hurt my feelings or anything.)
But a neckline is so easy to change! Let me show you how easily I can change the neckline of the View B top from my McCall’s craft pattern number 5462…
First I lay my layers one on top of the other (see figure A):
Now I need to point out that I’m re-using old satin fabric from a nightshirt, which is why the bottom part of the front of the shirt is already hemmed (see figure B). Lately I’ve been trying to do the right thing for Mother Earth by avoiding the purchase of brand new fabrics, if I can find a suitable used fabric for my projects instead.
Sew the back part of the shirt (the closure area), like we did for last week’s boatneck shirt project, but don’t sew all the way around the neckline. Instead, stop sewing at the edges of the neckline.
Next, cut away a half-moon shape from the neck. Then finish sewing the rest of the way around the neckline.
The other steps are pretty much the same as what I explained in last week’s blog post, when we learned how to make a boatneck shirt.
The alteration to a doll’s shirt’s neckline is just that simple!
And look how lovely that turned out!
If you’d like to learn how to sew this shirt, using a McCall’s 5462 doll clothes pattern (view B), go back to last week’s blog post.
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