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Is it cheaper/easier to make standard round neck tops and dresses than scoop neck or v-neck?
I have been searching for ages for decent summer tops and everything nice is high neck. My boobs looks awful in round neck tshirts. Like a shelf. Any time I do find a vneck or scoop (online) it'll be a plain basic style. The colourful prints will always be high neck.
My own frustration aside, I am wondering what the reason is. It can't be a coincidence. It has to be deliberate. But don't most women (UK anyway) have boobs that look better in lower necks tops? Certainly once you're a certain age. It's not a niche group, having boobs above a C cup. It's normal.
Is it cost? Is it cheaper to cut a standard tee shape?
I agree so much, I'm struggling to find nice interesting tops with a lower neckline. My other issue is that tops are so short too, finishing at the waist which I'm sure many women don't want. A bit more coverage would be nice.
I also struggle when dresses have high waistlines and short skirts. I think it's to try and make the skirt look longer and more in proportion, but in reality it just makes people look ... well, stocky! Unless you are a willowy size 8 - which sadly I am not.
Maybe the high necklines are part of this - to make the top part of the dress look a bit more substantial?
Yes I do alter them. I love fab prints, but like you say so often if it has an interesting print, it has a horrible high round neck.
I leave the back usually at almost the same height then cut a deeper scoop out of the front. It's hard to hem a curved edge, but you can fold over a very narrow bit and add a strip of bias binding behind it, or what I do more often is edge it with a contrasting colour, trimming etc. if that works with the look.
I've got quite good at it now, but it is nerve-wracking to try to alter something new and expensive. It's something an alterations person could probably do though.