There are few details easier than a notched neckline (or a V-neck), but both are nice variations from the basic rounded opening. I find that a V or small vent is more flattering than a rounded neck treatment. It draws the eye upward, toward your lovely face, while still offering modesty - and, of course, a bit of style!
This simple detail transforms the basic blouse or top into a fashion statement, without fussiness (in the drafting, sewing or wearing). It reveals a tiny pendant on a chain, or, with a really great button to close the very top of the notch, it's a statement in itself.
Drafting the little vent couldn't be easier.
The vent looks best at about 2 1/2" to 3" in length. Make a mark at that point, down from the center front neck.
For an open vent, make another mark 3/4" to 1" from the center front, along the neckline. Draw a line between the two marks - easy! That's it!
If you want a slightly larger and wider neckline, like the one shown above (to pull over the head more easily), just "scoop out" the neck a bit.
I like it a bit wider, so I'd widen the neck about 3/4" to 1" on each side, and lower it about 1/2" at the front (following the BLUE dashed lines).
Widen the back the same as the front, but I usually lower the back neck only about 1/4 - 1/2".
If you want to close the vent at the top with a cool button or brooch,
just cut the vent along the center front line; don't angle it like the
sketch. The corners must meet at the top for the button or pin, so you really just need a slit at the front neck.
This neckline is best finished with a facing.
The V-neck is another easy variation on the basic neckline, and one I find especially flattering. It looks great filled in with a necklace.
Drafting this neckline is even easier than the notch.
Your center front mark is just a bit lower (for balance with the width) - go about 3" to 3 1/2" down from the center front neckline.
Then just draw a line from that mark to the shoulder point. You could make that line a gentle curve if you prefer, but the straight line will work just fine. That's it!!
Again, the back neck needs no modification.
This neckline can be finished with a facing, bias tape, or, if made in a knit, use a ribbed band.
And, of course, you can make it deeper or wider if you prefer.
Could anything be easier?
This is a great way to get your feet wet if you're new to pattern design and uncomfortable with collars.