Vintage Details: Ric-rac vines


You know I love those vintage surface details. They often look so luxurious, but when you break them down, they’re not hard to do. Often they involve making some bias tape, cording, or piping and sewing it on in an ingenious way.

But this one looks even easier than most! At first glance, it looks to be made with ric-rac. Upon closer inspection, I’m not 100% sure that it’s ric-rac, and not some other trim sewn in a wave pattern. But nevertheless, it would certainly work in ric-rac, don’t you think?

I’ve always thought ric-rac looked so cutesy, but this is actually quite elegant. The deep stormy blue color helps too. I just think this vine pattern is really amazing.

The original vintage dress was found on Ebay from the lovely Mill Street Vintage.

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Oh wow! I too have always thought rick-rack (or trim in that style ;) was more cutesy than elegant, but in this application it defies the cute classification. Love it! Thank you for sharing this bit of inspiration–I always love seeing what you dig up!

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This took me by surprise—I have always had a strong aversion to ric-rac (it makes me think of ugly clown costumes), but I agree that it looks amazingly elegant in this context. Thanks for the post!


Count me in with the “wow — who knew rick rack could be elegant?” group. What an amazing dress!

Lindsey M Nelson

PERFECT! I actually have a lot of ric-rac I would like to use without making tons of vintage-inspired aprons :)


Oh my gosh, what a good idea. I’ve always been a bit puzzled over ric-rac. I’m drawn to it, but like you said…it feels too cutesy when you’re trying to design with it. This makes it graphic and interesting.


brilliant idea, and yes, quite easy to do. Thank you!


I very much like the pattern, but to me, the ribbon still has that ric-rac effect. Probably because my mum went crazy once with ric-rac on several of my dresses. Hello Holly Hobby!

But still the suggestion brings a great idea for the yards and yards of antique (delicate & sheer) ribbon that’s buried in my stash.


Pretty….I’d just temporarily tack down the rick-rack with KK2000 and sew away. Rick-rack is an amazingly versatile trim…very popular in the 1930s and then again in the 1950s. I want to try some of the stretch rick-rack that’s out there on t-shirts, etc.


This is the best looking use of ricrac I have ever seen.


Wow, I love it!

Brook Owens

that is lovely…. Im surprised they didn’t stitch the ric rac on with a zig zag stitch… or else it curls up.


[Insert expletive] amazing!! Just wow.
I have a nice collection of vintage rickrack that I’ve been wanting to use. Will definitely try something like this.


I love it! What is the collar on the dress called?

Make handmade

Cute dress for women and more. i like it, thanks

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