Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Necklines, Part IV

We don't consider how many choices we have when it comes to necklines Parts I through III each featured five different necklines. In this installment, I have five more to share. There will be a Part V with the final four!

Vogue Patterns Magazine
 September/October 1976

The Surplice Neckline has been a favorite for decades. Proper fit is essential when choosing this neckline since it isn't just a neckline, it involves the entire bodice. That alone makes it the perfect sewing project.  Below are just a few gorgeous examples of patterns that have Surplice Necklines. I chose to show the style over the decades.
 For example, the iconic Diane von Furstenberg Wrap dress was created 30 years ago and is still popular today.
         McCall 7490                   Advance 9362                Butterick 6752              Vogue 7820
        RetroMonkeys              DesignRewindFashions      PatternsFromThePast         SewBohemian

The One Shoulder Neckline is a great style for evening gowns and summer tops. This style has remained popular through the decades as it makes a dramatic statement.

             Vogue 7528                        McCall 6807                     Vogue 1702                McCall's 7156
            by Anne8865                      by Fancywork                  by DesignRewind        by PatternsNew2U

By itself a camisole is the perfect solution for hot summer afternoons. Add a jacket for cool evenings and one dress can transition from daytime to evening with ease. The camisole starts a lingerie and finishes as a business blouse under a suit. Below are 3 examples of camisoles with and without a jacket. 

            New Look 6964                                 Vogue 2618                             Butterick 6093
           ThePatternSource                                Vogue Vixens                            PinkPolkaDot

The Funnel Neckline isn't the most common or the most popular of the myriad of choices. However, it had it's day in the sun. During the mid to late 1960's, the Funnel neckline was fairly common. Similar to a mock turtleneck but a little bit more streamlined. It is often paired with raglan sleeves. 

                 McCall's 2755                                    McCall's 9426                             Simplicity 7161
                     Jantiki                                              ViennasGrace                               CloesCloset

The Gathered neckline, was a challenge. Finding examples was more difficult than I expected. I Tried to stick to the high neckline. Below are 3 examples. A 1950's Dress, 1940's Blouse, and a 1980's Dress. The 1980's dress is what I would call a paper bag neckline. 

                Simplicity 2181                               Advance 4277                                     Simplicity 9823
                  Sydcam123                                  FriskyScissors                                     MonkeyandFriends  


  1. These are such great reference articles, and there's always at least one term that's new to my vocabulary. Now I know to call that 60s high neckline a funnel neck.

    The surplice neckline is my friend. A true surplice (as opposed to a mock version sewn in place) allows some flexibility in fit across the bustline that other necklines don't.

    Can't wait for part V!

  2. (My comment just vanished into thin air, so if I've posted twice, apologies!). Great info! That funnel neckline is a bit difficult to pull off, I think--you need a long willowy neck!

    1. Ah to be young and willowy again... I'd even skip the young and just take the willowy!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to do this, I too have learn some new terms from the articles. Copied and posted near my desk for reference!

  4. So much work went into this post, thanks so much for the valueable info!

    1. Thanks! It has been a bit of work but a learning experience for me! I learned some new necklines and also writing practice!

  5. Wonderful writeup! The one-shoulder neckline is a style I always admire, but I have never worn. Vogue 7528 is one that I love. thanks so much for the great information!

  6. I don't think I've ever worn the one shoulder style either. That Vogue is awesome!

  7. Thank you for all the great information