Tailor's Tacks for The Ostara Top, Sweetheart Neckline

Monday, March 19, 2018

I released The Ostara Top just a little over a week ago and I've been seeing some gorgeous versions popping up around the internet.

One of the things I promised was a tutorial on how I insert the markings for the sweetheart neckline (as well as how I permanently stitch the neckline in, but that will be coming at the end of the week!). Before you remove your front paper pattern piece from your cut out fabric, you'll need to mark the notches along the centre front fold. For a shallower neckline, you can just mark the top three notches.

I've made a little video, as well written up a full tutorial with photos below. You can definitely do things your own way, but this is how I like to do it - I hope it helps!

You'll need:
  • Your Ostara Top Front Pattern Piece
  • Needle & contrast thread
  • Scissors or thread snips


1. Take your needle and thread and at the first notch, insert your needle into the centre front fold, you only need a tiny bit of fabric for this.

2. Pull your needle through, leaving a tail.

3. Go back through the stitch you just made, making a loop at the centre front fold.

4. Pull your needle through, leaving the tack loose-ish and trim your thread off leaving a tail. Repeat for remaining tacks.

This is a easy and quick way to mark your sweetheart notches, plus, they won't go any where until you need them.

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