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Braided Neckline Protype

Added Jun 23, 2009

by themedusa

Media, Pennsylva...






I liked the braided neckline detail seen in lots of RTW. My version was supposed to be a tank, then an errant scissor slash took a chunk of fabric out of one of the shoulders. The rest of the style was made completely on the fly. To be honest the halter like style showcases the neckline much better.

Material Notes

Bamboo/Cotton Jersey from Hartsfabric.com




Garment Type
Beach, Mod

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    Aug 14, 2009, 03.27 AMby nehmah

    Thank you for this; I have removed the “place holder” for the real deal. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Aug 12, 2009, 09.00 PMby themedusa

    I have redesigned this top a bit and come up with a pattern and a how to. They should be posted by Mid August

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    Aug 10, 2009, 06.49 PMby nuria

    Why can’t I see the instructions when I click on the instruction pdf?? :( I wanted to try this out…

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    Aug 8, 2009, 07.36 PMby nehmah

    Thank you for the instruction .pdf. This looks so very stylish. Too often, designers go overboard and the end result is just messy. Not yours. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Jun 25, 2009, 09.49 AMby camilaustral

    this is just beautiful!!! i love it, and the color works great too

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    Jun 24, 2009, 11.02 AMby lizah

    I LOVE IT!!!! Now I have one more thing to put on my to-do-list :) love the neckline!

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    Jun 24, 2009, 05.22 AMby holidaypepper

    Thanks for the information! I’m excited to give it a try myself.

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    Jun 24, 2009, 04.12 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous! Love the color too.

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    Jun 24, 2009, 03.22 AMby mwana

    What a nice eye-catcher the braided neckline turned out to be. Great top, great color. I like your other creations also. :) Doyin

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    Jun 24, 2009, 01.08 AMby victors

    My scissors occasionally have a will of their own too! Turned out beautifully for you though, lovely colour!

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    Jun 23, 2009, 04.17 PMby themedusa

    Thanks Modernvintageworkshop. Yes I am in Media Pa. Love the downtown, all it needs is a fabric shop. :) Glad you had a great vacation and Media was a part of it.

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    Jun 23, 2009, 04.04 PMby modernvintageworkshop

    awesomeness. i just LOVE this…. i am actually getting ready to prepare a pattern like this for my upcoming sewing class. something as simple as a braided halter adds SO much beauty. i like the color too! are you from media, PA? i have just spent my most inspirational relax vacation in nyc and then media, pa in the united states!.. cool clothes you have! julia

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    Jun 23, 2009, 01.27 PMby themedusa

    Thanks holidaypepper. :) You are correct that this is a 3 piece braid. I did have trouble with finishing the braid ends and much hand sewing was involved. Here’s what I did and maybe your brain can improve on it. :)

    Unsure of what length would be needed the 2 inch deep strips were cut the entire width of the 60" inch jersey. The strips were left raw and braided together with safety pins to secure the ends. The top has a 27" neckline and there were about 4 or 5 extra inches of braid once it was sewn on.

    The top was still a tank at this point so the braid was hand stitched to the neck binding that was already overlocked on. (Tried to figure out how to get around the hand stitching but with no success) At the back the ends were tucked behind the braid on the other side then hand stitch that down. It looked OK but didn’t sit on the neck very nicely. About then the scissors went rouge so I decided to cut out the braid join at the center back. Before cutting the braid was machine basted on either side of where it would be cut. I didn’t cut right next to the basting so later I took the ends, kind of folded them over towards the wrong side so that the right side was rounded. Then hand stitched them there. It’s not very pretty on the wrong side but looks nice on the right side. To finish up the two braid ends where hand stitched on top of each other.

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    Jun 23, 2009, 12.27 PMby holidaypepper

    I love this! It turned out beautifully…errant scissors and all! I’ve been thinking about doing something similar with the braided neckline but wasn’t sure how to construct the braid or attach it to the neckline. Other photos I’ve seen have used a 4-piece braid, but it looks like you used 3-pieces, is that correct? Did you hand-stitch it to the neckline? Any other suggestions for success?

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