The fix for this - now that it is completed and I am not unpicking anything - is to add in a strip that attaches to the top inside neckline and the other end tucks under your bra band. I've seen these in some evening wear, I have no idea what it's called and haven't done it yet so I can't show you. Does anyone know what I am talking about? (I've occasionally done the same thing in emergencies with a strip of twill tape and a safety pin.)
[Edited to add - Thank you to Katherine who calls it a decolette stay and has instructions here! http://sewblooms.blogspot.com.au/2008/03/sewing-for-st-patrick.html]
I seem to live in dresses in the summer so it's no surprise that I have made another one - the cowl neck dress #116 from 08/2011 Burda magazine.
There is no way I would dream of wearing this without a belt as it is too shapeless, but with a belt it is ideal casual wear. I've made this from - slightly controversially - something very synthetic. I have no idea what it is, a lightweight stretch woven that reminds me of sports fabric that you might make shorts or hiking pants out of. I have to say it was a dream to work with and is surprisingly really cool to wear. It was slightly narrow so I had to add a centre back seam to fit the pattern pieces onto the fabric. Super quick to make and easy to wear.
|Everyone seems to be tying their belts like this now which is great for ones which don't have extra belt loops
|Closer look at the cowl neckline and cut on sleeves
|It always amuses me how many bloggers have shots like this with bits of nosy pets in them!