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Learn to Make a Vintage-Inspired Neckband

Photo: Jack Deutsch

In a recent issue of Threads (#180, Aug./Sept. 2015), Judith Neukam shows how to re-create lovely vintage details on blouses. One of the blouses includes a bias neckband, which is joined to the garment with a ladder-like fagoting stitch. 

vintage blouse   This delicate feature is easy to do yourself, whether or not you decide to include the spoked circle insets. Here's how.


1. Prepare the band. Cut a contrasting bias strip for the front neckline. The finished neckband should be 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch wide, so start with a strip 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches wide. It should be at least as long as the neckline circumference; you'll cut off any excess later. With right sides together, fold it in half lengthwise and sew 1/4 inch from the fold with a narrow and short zigzag stitch. Pull the strip to remove most of the stretch as you sew it. Turn it right side out and press it with the seam on the outside curve. Press the curve to match the original neckline seam.

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Comments (10)

AmandaPride1 AmandaPride1 writes: Magnificent
Posted: 12:53 am on April 12th

AnissaGSimard AnissaGSimard writes: Nice Information..
Posted: 12:15 am on November 5th

seanbell3 seanbell3 writes: Superbbb...
Posted: 1:24 am on October 30th

EmilyBint EmilyBint writes: So cute! I love when the clothes are simple and elegant but have a bit of a detailing going on. This totally changes the looks of it. But the most important part are the colours - it's best if you add complicated detailing with the similar colour and simple detailing with a complimentary one.
Posted: 1:50 am on August 28th

sewold sewold writes: Do you have any suggestions on how to keep the "ladder stitches" even? I thought of paper backing but the curve might make it hard to do. Cut a paper backing from the pattern? What do you suggest?
Posted: 9:36 am on August 6th

416 416 writes: I will try this vintage-inspired neckband on one of my favorite blouses. It seams like a great idea for the blouse that have a neckline a little lower in the front than I like to wear.
Posted: 9:51 am on August 5th

Lady_D Lady_D writes: @ Carol Fresia: You make this look easy. Nevertheless, I think the technique is for someone more adept with needle and thread than I am...
Posted: 7:52 pm on August 4th

rr528 rr528 writes: Gorgeous - a decorative technique I could actually see myself using. Well done!
Posted: 4:03 pm on August 4th

Sewista Sewista writes: Lovely, but I can't help but think this would be easier with a traditional bullion stitch. I will have to give it a try.
Posted: 6:52 am on August 4th

srinukumar srinukumar writes: nice post
Posted: 8:57 am on June 13th

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