Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday Morning Inspiration/Embellish a Simple Neckline

A friend of mine called a few weeks ago. While we were talking, she asked, "Are you sewing?" I replied that yes I was sewing, but I was trying to be quiet by sewing slowly. She laughed and said that she has done the same thing. She then asked what I was making. I told her that it was nothing special, but I had been through my wardrobe and realized that I am in desperate need of new t-shirts. All of my white t-shirts are yellowed, or grayed, and the others, well, ready for the rag box, which means...dust rags.  

Like most of us, I have succumbed to a cheap price tag and purchased a pile of t-shirts. But, I have ended up disappointed each and every time. One washing and the poor quality of the fabric raises its ugly head. Or, the piece has been cut off grain, and never hangs correctly. Again, not noticed until the piece was washed. So, I have decided that it doesn't take a lot of time to put a basic t-shirt together, and I will make my own.

With all of that said, basic is great and very much needed in our wardrobes, but something not so basic is what adds spark. 

I absolutely love this very basic top. It's just a basic v-neck with a strip of fabric that has been attached at the back neckline and then threaded through buttonholes.  

Not quite as simple as the top above, but so pretty. Just takes a little planning. 

Here's the same neckline. So pretty on a basic top.

Another idea. Cut the neckline out and then add back the straps. Thread through a cord and accent the openings with a bead.  

The same neckline up close.

Rather than a bare shoulder, I love the idea of a corded yoke.

This takes a little more effort. Design the "v" on the pattern and create a facing. Then keep them in place with a cord and beads or buttons to accent the point of the "v."

A simple t-shirt made special with the corded inserts.

Similar to the first top, this is so easy to do. Just cut a strip of fabric. The piece in the picture below was not cut on the bias. Just attach it to the neckline, and if you want to embellish it, add a bead. 

This could really be quite pretty as an inset on a blouse.

I found the video below that shows how to make the neckline. It's not in English, but it's detailed enough that you can follow along.

Happy Sewing! 


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  1. Love all these ideas! Thanks so much for the time to share with us. A simple tee can be so much more.

  2. Can't wait to see which option you go for!

  3. I love all of these ideas! My mind is racing with the possibilities. Thank you!

  4. I'm a big fan of basics with embellishment that makes them not so basic. The Deer and Doe Datura top's neckline has been calling me for a while now.

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I had not seen the pattern. All of the drafting work has been done for us!

  5. Lovely details. The first one caught my eye a couple of weeks ago, too. Where do you find the very high quality cotton knits for t-shirts?

    1. For the winter, I have been using a washable merino wool that I purchase from Fabrications in Michigan. Great service, and the colors that are on their website are very true to color. As for cotton knits, I just keep my eye out for them wherever I happen to be shopping, so I really don't have a specific spot for cotton knits. If I do find one, I'll be sure to post it.

    2. These are great ideas. I need to make some tops and like that little extra something