Tuesday, March 22, 2011

{Jewellery Week} Beaded Collar Tutorial

I'm so excited to have the very gorgeous and stylish Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage contribute a guest post today. We've both been inspired by Casey's adaptation of a beaded collar as a necklace or dress accessory, and Brittany has put together a tutorial to make your own vintage-inspired beaded collar.

Since the beginning of fashion history, ladies have used removable accessories to create different looks in their wardrobe. Depression era and wartime fashions demonstrate the importance of using a few lovely frills to make the most of what you have. A vintage beaded collar is a perfect accessory for dressing up a simple frock or cardigan. A decadent collar may also be worn as a necklace.

For this tutorial, I have designed 3 different beaded collar styles, based on original vintage pieces. Beading takes time but it's a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon or quiet evening at home. The peter pan collar (level 1) is the easiest while level 3 is the most difficult beading pattern. Download and print the PDF patterns and instructions below. You can customize the look of these collar patterns by using different fabric colors and various types of beads. Happy beading!

Beaded Collar Instructions


  1. Thank you for this!! I want to try this someday !

  2. fantastic post - thank you so much - i am going to give it a go. xx

  3. INSPIRED!!!!! Makes items look totally different!!

  4. What a great tutorial, thanks for sharing!

  5. I can't wait to try this out, its a vary creative tutorial!!

    For The Vintage Fashionista

  6. They are all beautiful. I have never seen a tutorial for making one of these collars before. Thanks for sharing yours!

  7. This is fantastic, especially since I have such a hard time finding a Peter Pan collar blouse in my size!

  8. Omigawd, I love this! I've been thinking about making something similar so this tutorial will be really helpful. Hope I have the patience to do the beading. So gorgeous!

  9. It has been a wonderful read, and I am quite impressed by your writing style. It's a joy to read through your posts.


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