Have you ever just browsed around a fabric store? It’s amazing the huge variety of cloth they feature: velvets, denim, satins and lace. Fabric with prints for children, animal prints, unusual colors and images. A person who sews a little – or a lot – can get many ideas just browsing the fabric selections.
Gold or silver lame fabric is beautiful and elegant. It doesn’t take much of it to make a stunning cloth necklace that looks fabulous with an evening gown. The unusual necklace is easy enough for a beginner to sew but is also a fun project for the more skilled seamstress.
Start by cutting a long rectangle of the cloth. The length should be long enough to wrap around the neck and hang down below the bottom of the neck. The width can be whatever you decide. Make a very wide necklace, or a little more narrow, but not one that is gigantic or really skinny. Decide on the width you want for the necklace and cut the lame fabric to be twice that width.
Fold the fabric lengthways with the right sides facing each other. Sew down one short end and one long side. Turn the fabric right-side-out. Sew the end closed. Lay a hand towel over the necklace and press it. Make a closure for the back of the necklace. You can sew on a snap or use a dot of Velcro. Or, before sewing the ends shut, position a ribbon at each end. This necklace can be tied around the neck and left with long ribbons hanging down.
Find the very center of the front of the necklace by folding the fabric in half. Create a dart for this area by sewing from the very point up to the opposite side. As you do this, sew at an angle, so that you end up a few inches from the very center. This dart will help make the necklace a fitted number rather than just hanging around the neck.
You can create a dart of perfect proportions by simply fastening the lame circle around your neck. Looking in a mirror, fold the lower area of the necklace to form the dart. You’ll be able to clearly see how far in the dart should go. Pin it in place, remove from your neck, then sew the dart. Trim the excess fabric away that was formed by the dart.
The necklace can be further embellished by using fabric glue. Attach a large, fake jewel in the center of it or glue on tiny jewels to create a single letter or other image.
Wear this necklace with sleeveless gowns to create a stunning and elegant look. Make the necklace from other fabrics, like lace or sequined fabric, and you’ll create a completely different look. Make less fancy versions by using gingham or other fabric choices and attaching buttons, dried flowers or other embellishments. People rarely see cloth necklaces, but when they see yours, they’ll simply have to know where you got it!