Changing Neckline to V-Neck

I purchased this bundle from So Sew English fabrics with olive colored ponte blush lilly floral to make Lexi Loungers.  It also had this really beautiful blush knit gauze.  I wanted a v-neck sleeveless top but love the silhouette of the Kourtney Knot Top.  So, I decided to alter the neckline.

The Research

Made for Mermaids has some wonderful resources on their blog.  I started there: The image at the end of the post linked above shows more of a straight line to alter the neckline to a v-neck.  So, I decided to look at a sample.  
I knew the Tess top has a v-neck.  I’m really not sure why I didn’t already own it, so I purchased it here to get an idea of what I wanted:

The Process

I didn’t trace the neckline, because I knew I wanted something between the low neckline and high neckline on the Tess top pattern.  So, I took my french curve ruler and drew a new neckline.  I made my end point somewhere between the low and high neckline and end the curve about a half inch before the shoulder.
When it came to making a neckband, I measured the neck hole and multiplied that measurement by 80% then I added 1″ for the 1/2″ seam allowance on each side to sew the ends of the neckband together.  I referred, again, to the Tess top pattern on how to get my neckline to be in the v-neck style.
Besides that I followed the standard instructions in the pattern.

The Result

I am really happy with how it all turned out.  This is a favorite pattern for my daughter and me, so I’m sure I will make many more.

Everyday Clothes Patterns for Pajamas

It wasn’t long after I started sewing for my daughter, Elise, that she realized that I could make her really fun pajamas for school Pajama Day.  That encouraged me to find clothing patterns that she wears that work well as pajamas, too.I began thinking of this topic, when I just made her these Made for Mermaids Women’s Lexi Loungers Shorts and Paige Piko Top as pajamas to match a panel that she picked out for her dad.  I cut two backs and lowered the neckline for the front just a bit to get the entire panel to fit.

This spring, I used some of Elise’s favorite Made for Mermaids dress patterns to make her some nightgowns.

These two are Paige Piko Dresses:

The french fries are her absolute favorite Kourtney Knot Dress and the Mermaid Scales is a Mya Dress

I used the Made for Mermaids Lexi and Lou Loungers pattern with their Ava Tunic to make this pajama set for Pajama Day at school.

This is a winter favorite – the Portlander Pants by New Horizons Designs.  They have a great blog post on adjusting the fit that makes these pants a winner for both me and Elise.  She is also wearing their Streamline Tee.  It was extra fun to use my Silhouette Cameo to add the vinyl decal.

Here was an outfit made from some scraps in my stash for Halloween Pajama Day.  The Tulipa Dolman by Sew Like My Mom was great for scraps and I made that with the Halla Lounge Pants.

Finally, here is a case of what is not desired with your fabric choice.  Elise had loved this print in cotton Lycra, so I bought her some more the following year, but in her favorite double brushed poly.  It is the beautiful Penelope Princess Seam Dress pattern by Made By Mermaids.  But she ended feeling like she was wearing pajamas, so it didn’t get much wear.