Saturday, August 20, 2011

Cleavage Cover-Up

Ever since I became a mom I've been more aware of low necklines on my clothing. I didn't care about it before, but after the baby I didn't like bending over and exposing the "girls". I still don't, 18 months later. So I added a little something extra to one of my dresses and a t-shirt to help out with the problem.

The t-shirt was by far the hardest, it had a low scoop neck that took a while to get the measurements just right. I took a scrap of unbleached muslin and folded it in half to get the coverage I wanted. I used one of the decorative stitches on my machine across the top at the fold and then machine-sewed the muslin to the shirt around the hem. The thread doesn't match 100%, but it's close enough that you wouldn't notice it without me telling you about it.
I chose this decorative stitch because it went well with the military theme of the t-shirt.

The dress was the easiest by way of measurements, but it took the most fabric. I used extra scraps leftover from Betty's quilt, but since the white fabric was still sheer after folding one piece in half I had to add a second. So there are four layers on the dress! It was also the more extreme of the cover-ups. The elastic banding is just under the bust, so this deep v-neck required more length than the t-shirt too. Other than that, it was the same process as the t-shirt.

I chose this decorative stitch because of its leafy pattern, perfect compliment to the flower on the dress.

So what do you think? I think I passed for doing on-the-fly sewing. :)

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