Vintage Details: A Corded Neckline


I just came across this really pretty dress on Etsy. I really love vintage dresses like this: simple, but with eye-catching details. This dress even has pockets!

Alas, it is a bit small for me, but take a look at that neckline for inspiration! It looks like two rows of fabric-covered cording are appliqued at the neckline and armholes, forming that lovely geometric pattern. Adorable! You could definitely add something like this to a dress you’re making, or even an existing simple dress!

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Amazing! Sometimes I just can’t get over how these details on vintage dresses are so simple yet make such an incredible statement! They really don’t make them like they used to.


This is really lovely.


Not hard to do…I would just smoosh the cording into place with a KK2000 to keep the loops in place temporarily. Sew. Dry. Wear!


LOVE his small but impressive details. They take a simple dress and take it over the top. Just lovely!


This is FABulous. Seriously, I think I would wear that ALL the time. Oh man, I saved the photo in my inspiration folder, I hope you don’t mind.


Stunningly chic. Thanks for posting, I LOVE this sheath dress!

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