Modesty T-Shirt Panel

September 27, 2011 at 8:55 AM 30 comments

I love wearing v-neck t-shirts! There’s just something about not having my neck encroached upon by a collar that pleases me. I don’t like anything around my neck…I don’t know why, I just don’t. So, v-necks are awesome – most of the time. On the occasion that I have a shirt with which I love the fit, but the “V” is too low, I simply make one of these quick & functional “modesty panels.” It can be sewn directly to the shirt following existing seam lines, or it can be made interchangeable by attaching it with some sew-on snaps (this type tends to be less bulky and more easily hidden). If you have one or two v-neck shirts, you might just want to sew the panel straight in. If you have a ton of v-necks like me, you might want to make a few panels with snaps, so that they can be used a few times with different shirts before washing.

There are so many ways to accomplish this type of a modesty panel. It could be made to attach to your bras, to be interchangeable with your shirts, or to be sewn in. The pattern provided is NOT a one-size-fits-all, but rather a guide for you to trim or adjust to the appropriate proportions as determined by your shirt (or bra) size and style. For the purpose of this tutorial, I am going to make one that is interchangeable with snaps.

All you need to do is cut the panel out on the fold. This means, from the edge that was cut at the store, fold a single layer of your fabric down far enough to fit the pattern.

Pin, then cut out the pattern.

Fold the piece in half the way it will appear when worn. Iron with right sides out.

Pin to keep the fabric from shifting.

Sew a straight stitch across the top ¼” from the fold.

Zigzag stitch around the three remaining raw edges.

Snip the corners.

Hand-sew the snaps to the panel like you would a button. Use doubled thread, knotted at the end, and loop through each hole in the snap’s perimeter at least three times.

Lay it on your inside-out shirt to determine correct placement for the other half of the 4 snaps. (Decide how high up, or how low, you’d like the panel to be.) Sew them in place.


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  • 1. Jaymie  |  September 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Oh, I needed this tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jaymie @

    • 2. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      Thanks for stopping by, and for commenting!

  • 3. Lindsay  |  September 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    This is so awesome! I love this idea & just may have to do this! It gets hot layering as much as I do. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this awesome tip!

    • 4. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      Thank you for your lovely comment!

  • 5. Shiloh  |  September 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    This looks like a really good solution to layering camis. And it’s cheaper too. I might try this.:)

    • 6. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      I love it – especially here in FL! It is just too hot for layers. Thanks for coming over and for commenting!

  • 7. Jacinda @ Growing Home  |  September 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Fabulous tutorial! I love how the v-neck can still be modest without all the bulk and warmth from an extra camisole this way. And your version is so much cheaper than the kind you can buy at Victoria’s Secret (the only place I know who sells these things…except they snap onto your bra I think – a real pain if you’re nursing!).

    • 8. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! These are simple to make and very easily adaptable. I hope you give it a try! =)

  • 9. Jessica  |  September 29, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    CUTE! You’re very clever! I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got. Thanks for stopping by!

    • 10. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:18 PM

      Thank you, Jessica. There’s plenty more to come. 😉

  • 11. Kate @craftwhatever  |  September 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Nice to know I am not the only modest gal out there! I have just sworn off v-necks because even with a tank under it was too revealing for me. (Revealing what, I have no idea!) This is a great idea. I might even just sew it in permanently!

    • 12. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:21 PM

      Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. You are SO not alone. We are more plentiful than it may appear at first. You’re very funny! I actually prefer them to be sewn in permanently myself.

  • 13. Brooke  |  September 29, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    I love this! I have a ton of undershirts but it never seems like the right one is clean! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • 14. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Thank you! This is a much cooler option, too. 🙂

  • 15. Katie @ OhhBaby  |  September 30, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    This is so cute! You did an awesome job 🙂 Would love for you to link it up to Fabulous Friday!

  • 16. Kassandra  |  October 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Great idea! I am going to be making some. I’d love for you to join my brand new linky party!

  • 17. Athena  |  October 1, 2011 at 8:46 PM

    I love this. I have a couple tops I could create this for. Thanks for linking to Success U @

    • 18. modestmomma  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you for coming over (AND for commenting)! 🙂

  • 19. Traci  |  October 3, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Love this idea! I hopped over from Homemaker on A Dime. Love the tutorial!

  • 21. Jami  |  October 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Wonderful idea and tutorial! Thank you so much for dropping by and for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  • 22. Tamara @ Etcetorize  |  October 3, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Great project! Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize~

  • 23. Nikki  |  October 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM

    great tutorial! Thank you for sharing! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  • 24. laurenspiredLauren  |  October 4, 2011 at 1:10 AM

    Thank goodness someone thought of this! Totally pinning this to my sewing project board. Stopping by from Sew Chatty’s linky party.

  • 25. Kaysi @ Keeping It Simple  |  October 4, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Great idea!!!!

  • 26. Kristen  |  October 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Ok I am kind of new to this,how do you get their buttons to show on your site!

    • 27. modestmomma  |  October 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      Kristen – Thanks for stopping by. Most bloggers will have an html code for their button somewhere in their sidebar. You just copy & paste the code into your post. I hope this helps. 🙂

  • 28. Natalie  |  January 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Great tutorial! I have been telling myself I was going to make some modesty panels for a while now and still haven’t because I can’t decide how best to attach them! How did you make it so that the sewing from the snaps on the shirt doesn’t show through? Hmmm… maybe it depends on the shirt if there is an extra layer there that you could sew through.

    • 29. modestmomma  |  January 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Thank you! Most, if not all, shirts have a rolled hem of sorts around the neckline. Simply sew through the inner-most (towards your body when the shirt would be on you) layer of the rolled hem. The snap is completely secure for its purpose. I hope this helps!

  • 30. Kim Buchanan  |  September 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have tried wearing camisoles, and purchased the snap-in modesty panels, but I am short with a narrow chest, and those options are always too low and don’t provide any extra coverage.


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