December 23, 2016

How to alter the Turner Dress neckline

alter Turner Dress neckline

If you love the look of the Turner Dress, but have been thinking “hmm, I wish it was a scoop neck?” or “I wonder if i can make the neckline a bit narrower?” then fear not!  Because it’s really easy to alter the Turner Dress neckline.

In fact, it’s particularly easy because the Turner has a fully lined bodice – that means there’s no facing or neckband to alter. All you have to do is draw on the neckline of your dreams directly onto your pattern piece (you may need to add a bit of tissue paper).

The main tip I have is to keep it symmetrical – because there is negative ease through the bust, if you try to make it asymmetrical it will likely distort. I also recommend going with smooth lines – although if you want to put some crazy angles in there, make sure you interface the edges and it may just work!

Here are some Turner Dress neckline ideas for you:

Raise the V-neck

Does the V-neck dip a little too low for your comfort or workplace? Easy: draw a line from the shoulder to your desired bottom point.

alter Turner Dress neckline

Narrow the entire neckline

If you have narrow shoulders or like more coverage, you can keep the V-neck but add more coverage all around. With this alteration, because you’re changing the shoulders as well, you need to remember to do the same alteration to the back shoulder so that they match.

alter Turner Dress neckline

alter Turner Dress neckline
High V-neck

Like the V but would rather it much higher? Here’s how you draw it:
alter Turner Dress neckline

and here is how it will look!

alter Turner Dress neckline

Scoop neck

For a totally different look, try a scoop neck! Here’s how to draw a classic deep scoop (you’ll need to cut off the excess pattern piece at the neckline and add a little tissue at the center front).


alter Turner Dress neckline

alter Turner Dress neckline

High scoop neck

Fancy a scoop but also more coverage? Here’s another version:

alter Turner Dress neckline

alter Turner Dress neckline

Jewel neckline

If you’re looking for full coverage with a feminine dip (perfect for showing off those jewels!) then this jewel shape may work for you:
alter Turner Dress neckline

alter Turner Dress neckline

Deep dip neckline

And finally, for something different, here’s a deep dip neckline! It’s much narrower than the V but still fairly low cut:

alter Turner Dress neckline

Are you planning on playing with the neckline on your Turner Dress? Do you have any other fun ideas for different shapes? I’d love to see your modifications!


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8 Responses to How to alter the Turner Dress neckline

  1. Rebecca Davis December 23, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    So helpful, thank you.

  2. Suzanne December 23, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Great post. Like the drawings so you can visualize it!

  3. Rebecca December 24, 2016 at 12:27 am #

    How about a rounded V-neck?

  4. Suzanna December 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    You are a mind-reader, Jenny! Thanks for providing so many options, too.

  5. Michele Svedberg December 25, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    I lengthened the turner skirt. I’m confused about which line I should adjust to on the side seam. Draw line from original side seam to where side seam now ends which is in further(narrower)? Or continue original side down and add to curve on bottom to meet this side seam. I’m choosing the narrower skirt because my daughter prefers less flow in her skirts. I have pictures if you want to see what I’m taking about. I could hashtag you on an instagram post. I also modified the neck line to a tank top scoop. I added to the inside shoulder seam to make sure her bra straps are covered. She will wear this on our first cruise in January.

    • Jenny Rushmore December 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Either would work, it jus depends on whether you want a fuller or less full skirt. Just make sure you start at the same point on the waist.

  6. Pat Rose Thompson May 8, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Jenny, this is wonderful! I’ve been lusting Turner everytime I see one, but know my narrow, sloping shoulders just would not work. Guess what my next dress will be?


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