The Tropo Camisole, as designed, comes up fairly high on the chest/back. It’s really easy to hack the pattern to lower it, whether you’re wanting it to be a little more va-va-voom, don’t want the neckline to peek out from underneath another top, or just want to experiment with style lines. For most garments when you shorten/lengthen them somewhere, you blend the seamline on either side of the adjustment line. We don’t be doing that with the Tropo Camisole because we don’t want to change how it fits in our upper chest. Remember that if you’re sewing a bralette in your camisole you will need to make the same adjustments to the bralette as well. When you’re sewing the fold-over elastic onto your altered neckline you may need to adjust the suggested FOE lengths as you have changed the length of the neckline.
For the straight neckline: Measure down the amount you would like to lower and draw a straight line across the pattern piece. For reference, I lowered the neckline 3″ on this blue camisole which works perfectly for use on the back but gives very little room for movement in the front without risk of exposure, especially if you are bustier than I. Note that I wear a size 8 so if you wear a much larger or much smaller size than I do then you will need to remove a smaller/larger amount to get the same effect.
For the curved or V neckline: Cut out the camisole (or a tracing of the pattern) as drafted. Take the pattern and lower it the amount you want to change. Trace along the curve or V neck, extending the line to the edge of the fabric. For reference, I lowered the neckline on the back of the sushi camisole 2″ and the front by 1″. Note that I wear a size 8 so if you wear a much larger or much smaller size than I do then you will need to remove a smaller/larger amount to get the same effect.
For the V neckline: If you want to lower the side of the V neckline without bringing the center point any lower, you can also pivot the V about the center front point.