Herve Leger emphasizes curves like no other, but sometimes the dresses and tops create too much cleavage. Here's a tutorial on how to make a low-cut Herve Leger more modest.
The solution is creating a matching tube top to wear underneath the vulgar Herve Leger top or dress. And, all that's needed is basic sewing knowledge and the following:
1. A simple BCBG Bandage skirt (like this one on sale)- make sure that you purchase a skirt that will be big enough for your torso and bust. For me, this meant going up one size from my skirt size.
2. Scissors that will cut fabric
3. Fabric pencil or light-colored eye pencil
4. Needle and thread in the color of the skirt
Once all the necessary materials are collected, you're ready to make a tube top that can cover up cleavage and lengthen tops that are too short!
First, turn the skirt inside out, and then upside down. The top of the skirt will be the bottom of your tube top, and the bottom of the skirt will be the top of your tube top.
Place a Herve Leger top or dress on top of the upside-down, inside-out BCBG skirt to make an easy outline of your new tube top. Be sure to leave extra room on the form, and to not make the outline as small as your Herve Leger top or dress. The BCBG skirt turned into tube top needs to be bigger than your Herve Leger, because unlike the Herve Leger, it has no zipper and needs to be able to be pulled on.
Next, sew along the outlines.
Try it on to ensure that it is not too small to pull on. Once you have done this, turn it back to inside-out, and cut off the excess trim leaving about half a inch from any of the new stitches. You may also choose to finish the seams.
Turn it inside-in, and it's ready to enjoy!
The skirt that I used had a crossover hemline, so on one side, it's a straight across neckline, and on the other side, it's a sweetheart neckline. :)
And, here's the final look with the DIY tube top underneath. Not only does it make this top much more wearable, I found that I could use the tube top to make the Herve Leger top look longer which is much more flattering on short-torsos like mine!
This isn't the only way of fixing a low neckline. For another solution, check out this post on altering Herve Leger v-necks; it's super easy. :)