What is a Sweet heart neckline ? And what is so special about it that most brides refuse to think beyond it for the most special dress of their lives – the wedding day gown?
The distinctive feature of a Sweetheart neckline is the shape of the top part of a stylized heart it sports. It combines the features of other popular necklines – a dip in the middle which makes it resemble a V neck; the width and scope of a square neckline.
See what I mean ?
It is associated with wedding gowns because of the simple reason that this is a neckline which suits most everybody irrespective of body shape and face shape. It is super flattering, revealing or concealing as you want it to be and utterly feminine, romantic and at the same time modern – so what is not to like?
Different types of Sweetheart necklines
There are many ways you can design a sweetheart neckline for your clothes
Simple sweetheart neckline
Strapless sweetheart neck
Sweetheart neckline combined with Spaghetti straps
Very wide sweetheart neckline
Illusion sweetheart neckline
How to sew the regular Sweetheart neck on your dress
This is the simple way I sew a regular sweetheart neckline – by making a paper pattern for the neckline and sewing it with a facing.
Step 1 Draft the neckline you want
On a folded paper piece draw the sweetheart neckline you want – as you can see the right side line of the square is the fold of the paper.
The neck width should start at 2 1/2 inch (folded) and go higher depending on the width you want for the neck. Same for the neck length/depth – go higher from 6 1/2. You can measure a favorite fitting dress and see what neck line width and neckline depth you want.
When you draw the neckline you can take the red line as the cutting line – the neckline stitching line will be 1/4 inches to the inside.
Step 2 Make a paper pattern
Open it up to this.
Step 3 Cut out the bodice and facing piece
Follow this tutorial to make a basic bodice for your bodice if you do not have one already. The facing piece should be at least 5 – 6 inches wider and 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 inches longer than your neckline. I have cut out a 11 inch wide plus 10 inch long piece for the facing
Step 4 Interface the facing piece
Attach interfacing to the back of your facing piece.
Step 5 Stitch the side edges of the facing
Turn the edges of facing to the backside and stitch in place.
Step 6 Stitch the facing and bodice together
Keep the facing wrong side up on the bodice kept right side up (it means the right sides of bodice and facing are together, if you did not get it). Align the center of the facing and the bodice top edge – this is important.
Pin in place or Sew a basting stitch straight down along the center as professional tailors do.
Sew along the cutting line you have drawn and 1/4 inch to the inside. The cutting line is also sewn as a finishing for the edge – you can skip this if you want to.
Step 7 Cut it out
Cut along the cutting line. After you cut out the neckline, make snips all along the seam allowance – this is very very important.
Step 8 Under stitch
Now stitch the seam allowance and the facing together close to the neckline edge. This is a skip-able step but can make your neckline stay in place – especially if you are not top stitching
Step 9 Turn facing to back and top stitch.
Your sweetheart neck is almost done – just turn the facing to the back and hand stitch the facing there with small invisible stitches in the same color thread as your bodice – if you have underlining stitch the facing to the underlining. You may want to top stitch along the neckline at this point to give the neckline definition.