I am endlessly fascinated by embellishment and details. I never tire of comparing modern garments to their vintage counterparts. The vintage dress pictured above features a rouleau insert that creates a neckline that tiptoes the line between daring and demure. The modern Valentino dress also uses rouleau cording as a neckline detail, but instead of an insert, the trim is hand appliquéd onto a fine mesh yoke.
Corded appliqué and inserts, like on the garments pictured above, involve hand sewing and time, making it hard for manufacturers to create them in factories. Luckily, with a little extra fabric and some hand sewing you can easily elevate your next sewing project—or update a past project—with this vintage-inspired detail.
What is your favorite vintage detail? Share below!