The most popular hack
Rounding off the neckline is one of the most common hacks of McCall’s 7969. To achieve this you’ll need your bodice front pattern piece, bias strip piece, spare tissue, a ruler, pencil and sellotape.
Place your spare tissue behind the front bodice and weigh it down.
Trace around the armhole and side seam, and the waist edge.
Extend the centre front line up to the shoulder point. Mark the position you want the neckline curve to finish.
Remember that the bias binding needs to be in place along the upper edge to truly know the finished neckline height.
Draw a new neckline starting just beyond the small circle marking near the shoulder, connecting to the neckline point you created. Use a french curve tool, a dinner plate or free hand draw the line.
Transfer the notches and markings onto your new pattern piece and add a cut on fold notation.
Measure around the curve of your new neckline and compare it to the original diagonal front. Remove the appropriate length from the bias binding strip pattern piece and level off the pointed end into a right angle blunt end.