We’ve had great fun jazzing up our tunic necklines with purchased neckline appliqués. These pretty, easy to source pieces will give your tunics that sought after designer look without fail! In addition to the resources we have listed on our ‘Resources’ page, a quick search for ‘neckline appliqués’ on Etsy will yield hundreds of selections from bridal wear elegance to boho casual.
With a few simple steps you can easily create a placket for nearly any shape, style or size placket you choose.
For each of the beaded examples shown above, custom plackets were created and the inside neckline edges were reshaped to match the contours of the appliqué.
You will need:
* a marking tool such a Frixion erasable pen,
* a small piece of fashion fabric for the facing
* a piece of stabilizing fabric such as silk organza or non fusible interfacing
- Cut a piece of fashion fabric slightly larger than the purchased appliqué (the fashion fabric will become the inside facing).
- With right sides together, match the centerlines on the front tunic bodice and the small piece of fashion fabric.
- Cut a piece of silk organza or non fusible interfacing roughly the size of your facing (the piece of fashion fabric) and place it on top of the bodice and the fashion fabric. Add pins to secure as necessary. You now have three layers – the bodice right side up, the facing right side down and the organza on top.
- Lay your purchased appliqué over the organza making sure it is properly centered. Using a heat soluble or disappearing marking tool trace the inside edge. (Pictured BELOW)
- Sew the three layers together with your machine, following the traced line and trim away the excess as shown clipping the center V to the stitching line. (Pictured BELOW)
- Turn the facing to the inside and trim away the excess organza.
- Finish the outside edges with a serger or by turning under the edges and stitching. (Pictured BELOW)
- Topstitch around the neckline to prevent rolling (Pictured ABOVE). The topstitching will be covered by the applique.
- Press well. Your finished neckline should match the shape of the appliqué.
- Apply the appliqué by either gluing or hand stitching. (Pictured BELOW)
The green appliqué was secured using fabric glue and the gold appliqué was hand-stitched.
By following these steps, you can create a custom neckline facing for any purchased appliqué!
Crocheted appliqués may be flexible enough to fit the neckline of one of our standard plackets included with the pattern, as with the mesh knit beach tunic. For this inside-facing placket we began with the Elongated Placket and rescaled the outside edge to better fit the length and width dimensions of the ready-made appliqué.
Follow the standard instructions for construction. After turning the facing to the inside, the appliqué is pinned to the finished neckline edge and hand stitched in place. (Pictured ABOVE)
For our pink linen tunic, the appliqué came first! The Shorty Placket was actually designed for this specific appliqué which we found on Etsy. We liked the shape and scale so much we decided to include it as one of the standard plackets that are included with the Tunic Bible pattern. The metallic embroidered appliqué was quickly affixed to the completed garment using clear fabric glue.
This intricate gold soutache appliqué is a perfect fit for our Inside Facing V Neck Placket.
No modifications were necessary and it was simply hand stitched on at the end of construction.
So there you have it – your placket and necklines can be as simple or as elaborate as desired! Have fun and let us know if you locate additional resources for appliqués.
All the best,
Sarah and Julie
PS….. we wore our Tunic Bible Tunics throughout our trip to Morocco!