Vintage Collar Quick Fix

Beaded collars have been around forever and luckily you can still find them in good shape, some even attached to their original dresses. I took this one off a $10 polyester dress (circa 1960) and stitched it up to wear as a necklace.
Once you remove the collar from its original neckline with a seam ripper, all you need is a needle and thread. If any hook and eyes are missing, those are also easy to replace.
Working around the outer edge, sew the lining to the front beaded piece with a basic whip stitch. If any beads are loose, reinforce them as you go.
Ebay and Etsy both have a good selection of vintage beaded collars and you can find them for $10 all the way up to $165: Vintage Swarovski, Vintage Pearls, Vintage Beads. I love wearing mine with a stripe tee but it's also an easy way to transform a black cocktail dress or strapless gown in an instant.


Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

This is so creative..love how it turned out.

Karah said...

that looks amazing!!! great job..i love it!

Katie said...

LOVE this idea!! the collar looks great with the simple striped T. I can't wait to try it out.