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How to Sew Corded Tucks

Pad from below and embellish from above
Threads magazine - 176 - Dec. 14/ Jan. 2015
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This vintage-inspired blouse trim was sewn with a twin needle. The optional bead accent brings light to the embellishment.
Once upon a time, lovely blouses, like this 1940s top, peeked out from beneath women’s practical jackets and cardigans. These elegant garments often had necklines splendid enough to make jewelry unnecessary, and they were chic enough to pair with stylish pants or a festive skirt for special occasions. Read on to learn how to create beaded and corded tucks on your next inspired project. This elegant neckline doesn’t need jewelry because it is an adornment in itself. The lovely but surprisingly uncomplicated tuck treatment can be accomplished easily with a straight stitch on the sewing machine, a pin-tuck foot, a twin needle, some cord and thread, and a blouse with a jewel neckline. I recommend sewing your own blouse and adding the tucks first, but you could use this technique on a premade top. If your top is ready-made, open the shoulder seams so you can sew from raw edge…

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