Friday, July 4, 2014

Necklines Part III

by Mary Beth, RetroMonkeys
The necklines in this post, see the previous posts on necklines Here and Here, are all appropriate for evening wear as well as daytime looks. 


The first neckline is the Sweetheart. The Sweetheart has a  a curved bottom edge that is concave down and usually doubly scalloped to resemble the top half of a heart. Here are a few examples of the versatility of this neckline. Some are very defined and deep some are more subtle. 


                Simplicity 2219                   Vogue 7944                           Simplicity 4321         
             WeAreVintageSewing             CloesCloset                                  Sydcam             


Next is the Décolleté. A low cut V neckline in the case of the example, any revealing cut that accentuates the bust can be considered a décolleté neckline. 



               Vogue 8546                      Modes Royale 965                   Simplicity 6563
              DesignRewind                  RebeccasVintageSalon                EmSewCrazy

The Plunging Neckline is rarely seen except in evening gowns. A popular choice on the red carpet. The neckline usually extends below the bust line sometimes as low as the navel. 
                                            Vogue 1030 Badgely Mischka              Vogue 7630
                                              PeoplePackages                  ShellMakeYouFlip


Strapless tops and dresses have been a favorite over the decades. From formal dresses to a corset or bustier with jeans, the strapless bodice is timeless.




       Vogue Couturier 1113               McCall's 2304                       Simplicity 4272
            SoVintageOnEtsy                        ComeSeeComeSew                       BethTheBookLady

The first thing that enters my mind when I think of Off the Shoulder is Olivia Newton John in Grease. Of course her look in the movie is just one example of the off-shoulder neckline. 


                       McCall 7919                                  Simplicity 5289                     Butterick 8152
                SweetSorotVeasman                              RetroMonkeys                  PinkPolkaDotButton


Halters are a great summer style as well as an evening favorite. Comfortable and sexy with most having a bare back. 


               McCall's 8870                                  Simplicity 3081                         Simplicity 5349
              OmasBricaBrac                              PinkPolkaDotButton                      CloesCloset

That's it for now, Next time - Surplice, One Shoulder, Camisole, Funnel, and Gathered. 

15 comments:

  1. I love these patterns, especially the Butterick 8152.

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  2. Great overview! Looking forward to the next one.

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    1. Stay tuned - working on scheduling it now!

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  3. Lovely neckline, they add that perfect touch of glamour to even casual fashions. Great post Mary Beth, thanks!

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    1. It's been a great learning experience for me too!

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  4. nicely illustrated for those of us who aren't seamstresses:)

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  5. Thanks everyone for your comments! I have a couple more installments to do! What should we cover next? Sleeves? Skirts?

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  6. Very good information! I toss in my vote for skirts next!

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    1. I have 2 more necklines to go! One post is ready the other - work in progress! I can probably do skirts all in one post.

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  7. I used to make the plunging neckline in a jumper and wear a turtleneck sweater under that pop of red or other available good color( olden days) looked very nice on me.

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    1. Great Idea! The turtleneck gives the plunging neckline a more versatile life!

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  8. My Part IV got bumped up to July 22nd! See you tomorrow!

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