What is a Keyhole neck ?
As the name suggests, keyhole neckline has a keyhole cut away along the neckline. The keyhole usually has a slightly convex shape and the top of the convex shape may be left open or joined together at the top edge of the neckline (usually with a closure). Other shapes of the keyhole neckline include a teardrop shape, an oblong shape etc. It is an appealing neckline as it takes away the severity of a regular plain neckline.
Different styles of keyhole neckline.
1. Simple straight keyhole neckline
This kind of neckline is cut straight down on the central fold of the bodice
2 Regular keyhole neckline
This has a correct convex shape with the top secured with a metal hook and eye.
3 Keyhole placed to the side
Here the keyhole is placed to one side of the neckline rather than on the center of the neckline
4 Keyhole in the back
The keyhole shape can be bigger on the back.
5 Keyhole joined with bead chain
The top of the keyhole can be bridged by a bead chain as in this case or simple metal chains or a metal pipe or fabric tube.
6 Keyhole neckline with ties on top.
The keyhole can be tied at the top with fabric ties
7 Round Keyhole neckline
8 Choker Keyhole neckline
9 Tear drop shaped Keyhole neckline
How to sew a keyhole neckline
Cut out a facing for the neckline – the red line indicates the stitching line – here I have drawn a straight keyhole. For a convex shape you have to draw that shape.
Or a convex shaped one.
Keep the facing on top of the bodice.
Sew the neckline. As you reach the end take a single stitch across (rather than bring it to a point) – this will create a small space there which will make the turning smooth.
Cut out the extra – leave 1/4 seam allowance. Especially important is to cut to the end of the bottom point.
Clip the seam all along – the red lines in the picture indicates where you should clip.
Turn the facing to the right side.