Keyhole—shaped openings that are characteristically tied or buttoned at the top—typically show up on high necklines, back openings and sleeves. They add a charming “peek-a-boo” element to any garment, and can also add a bit of flair with geometric cutout shapes. The Sencha blouse features a shaped keyhole neckline, and I wanted to share a few other shapes and placement options. Perfect for summertime dresses or demure blouses alike! (I’m envisioning a keyhole neckline easily added to the Peony dress…)
This mod-era vintage dress features not one but two keyhole elements. The short puffed sleeves feature a gathered keyhole opening which adds a bit of interest to an otherwise classic sleeve shape. The cutout at the back baring a larger swath of skin is a fun reverse of the typical front keyhole. Self fabric piping is used on both keyholes for the bow ties.
A beautiful example of the modern use of the keyhole element is this blouse from the Rachel Comey spring/summer 2012 collection. Featuring a trio of cutouts that aren’t quite the traditional style, as they don’t terminate at the neckline edge, but rather just below it. It’s a great look that gives a more contemporary edge to the look.
A keyhole neckline can be as simple as a slit, bound with fabric and tied or buttoned at the neck. This one from the 1950s features a darling Peter Pan collar as well to showcase the keyhole. (I love the rhinestone accents as well!)