Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fabulous Finds


This interesting yet classy design stopped me in my tracks. Apparently this copy has already been used once for a wedding dress. Where would you wear it to?
Plus, how can you not love their hair? :) 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Neckline Styles Part I

By Mary Beth, RetroMonkeys

When choosing a pattern, there are many variables to consider. Necklines are one. We all hear the different terms for neckline styles. Some we have never heard of at all. Below are some sketches and descriptions of several necklines that you might choose for work, play, or evening wear along with some patterns showing the featured necklines.

This first selection includes some of the most basic necklines. The jewel neckline was very widely used in the 1950's and 1960's. It was an essential element of the demure dress.

Here are a few examples of the Jewel Neckline

Left to Right: 

Next is the V Neckline. From dresses to tops, the V neck Can be plain, ruffled, high or deep. 

Left to Right:

Cardigan Necklines can be found on some shirtwaist dresses as well as, to state the obvious, cardigan sweaters.

Left to Right:

   McCall 6008 by DesignRewind          McCall's 6583 by PatternShop        Advance 8645 by Jantiki

Slit Neckline A popular alternative for decades! Especially popular during the 1970's on Caftans, Dashikis and Tunics.

   Simplicity 1375                Simplicity 5043                 Advance 9336                     Vogue 7808
by RetroMonkeys                by ErikaWithaK             by Paneenjerez                    by CaliforniaSunset  

U Neckline A basic fashion. The U can be deep or shallow. Deep U necklines are seen in jumpers.

       Butterick 6009                      Simplicity 2948             DuBarry 5793                       Simplicity 8626
        MaddieMod                     MonkeyandFriends         SewBettyandDot                     AdeleBeeAnn  

Stay tuned for more neckline styles!