I also cut the front of the original shirt from the back pattern piece and the back of the original shirt from the front pattern piece. This gave me even more leeway with lowering the neckline without running into the graphic. The three shirts I posted last week are given to us by the library, so I feel that I cannot do too much with them, but I bought this one, so if my boss complains about the graphic being on the back, well, I won't wear it to work.
I liked the look of the graphic on the back of the red shirt so much that I tried it with one of the older shirts. It worked beautifully. The neckline is at a comfortable height. The fit is improved. I can wear this with a jacket to cover the graphic for a more formal look. Clothing that serves two purposes? I love it!
- Cut out the original neckline finishing with approximately 1/4" seam allowance (I guess when I'm cutting this)
- Sew the neckline finishing to the new neckline by stitching on the original seam allowance of the finishing (not on the seam allowance you cut, but if you're using a zig-zag stitch part of the stitch might hit that seam allowance)
- If re-cutting a shirt in your normal size, pattern pieces fit best if the front pattern piece goes on the back of the shirt and the back pattern piece goes on the front of the shirt