June is singlet camisole & slip season.
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m wearing a Wonder Unders singlet under my merino tops, or a Wonder Unders slip under a wool dress nearly every day. And if I was in the Northern Hemisphere, I’d be doing the same thing under sheer blouses and frocks.
In honour of the season, here is one of my favourite hacks of the Scroop Wonder Unders pattern: turning the singlet camisole or dress slip pattern into a V-neck. It’s super easy, and very helpful when you need one under a V-necked top, and don’t want it to show.
I’ll be demonstrating on a singlet camisole (well, actually, two singlet camisoles – so you’ll see the two different types of elastic), but it’s exactly the same process for the dress slip
- A Scroop Wonder Unders singlet camisole or dress slip, completed except for the neck binding & hemming
- The binding elastic called for in the pattern, + 1 1/2″ / 3cm more length.
- (And obviously), suitable thread and a ballpoint needle
Fold the neckline of the pattern down for form a V – it can be as deep or as shallow as you want.
Cut your neckline to match the pattern:
(feline assistance optional)
Now you need to figure out how much to add to the length of the elastic of the centre front neckline – the V-neck is a little longer than the curved neckline, so it needs a little more length.
To figure it out, measure along the folded edge of the little piece you have cut out.
Under 2″/5cm? Add 3/4″/2cm to the length of the centre front neckline elastic piece.
Over 2″/5cm? Add 1 1/4″ / 3cm to the length of the centre front elastic piece.
Fold the centre front elastic length in half:
Using a straight stitch, sew a V shape into the folded centre point, with the point of the V extending 1/4″ / 6mm into the elastic, and tapering to nothing at the sides.
Trim the elastic down to 1/8″ / 3mm.
Open the elastic out, and finger-press in half.
Pin or clip to the neckline of the singlet camisole, matching end points, and centre V-neck point:
And sew just as you would for a curved neckline, sinking your needle and turning at the V:
And there is your V-neck!
Finish the rest of your singlet camisole or dress slip just as directed in the pattern, and you’re done!