Pattern Hacks

Alice Top: V-neck Pattern Hack

Alice V-neck pattern hack at

Today I am revisiting the Alice Top/Dress by Tessuti. I previously demonstrated how to alter the pattern to accommodate a fuller bust.

However, I know that there are still concerns that a yoked top can look unflatteringly like maternity wear on larger busted women, so I have one more suggestion – give the Alice Top a deep V-neck plunge. This tends to look more flattering on those of us with fuller figures. I would wear a camisole or undershirt beneath mine – maybe even a swimsuit in high summer. (I wish I owned this polka-dot fabric!)

illustration of Alice Dress with V-neck at
Illustration of Alice Dress with a V-neck alteration and a camisole underneath

Pattern Hack: Alice Top with a V-neck yoke

Step 1

Begin by tracing the front and back bodices and drawing the seam allowance in. The alteration must take place on the true seam lines, so remove the seam allowance in the areas to be altered. The back pattern piece will remain the same as before, but you will be using the tracing to create the new neckband facing.


Alice V neck step 1 at

Step 2

Draw a new front yoke neckline, that extends in a straight line, from the neck shoulder seam to a point 1cm in from the centre front at the bottom of the yoke.
Match the shoulders of the front and back pattern pieces. Overlap the neck shoulder point by 5mm.  Draw a yoke band that is 2cm deep, parallel to the new front neckline, curving around the back of the neck, to the centre back.


Alice V neck step 2 at




Step 3

Trace around the front, with the new neckline marked in. Trace around the front  neckband facing. The facing band can be self facing – fold it on the outside edge and trace through to the other side of the paper so that it is double width. Add the seam allowance back to all pieces and mark all the notches.

Alice V-neck step 3 at

Step 4

In main fabric cut: 1 x back, 1 x front, 1 x front neckband and 2 x back neckband
In lining fabric cut: 1 x back, 1 x front
Interfacing (Optional) cut: half width of front neckband, 1 x back neckband

The neckbands with overlap at centre front.

Alice V-neck step 4 at


I’m working on sewing up a version of this. I will take some photos of the order of sewing for the neckbands and add those in when I’m done.

Happy sewing!

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