Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make a Collar


A shimmery collar just says "dressed up" to me, don't you agree? With several festive occasions coming up soon, I made this simple, glittery, tie version of a collar for our daughter. She can layer it over a sweater or tee shirt --- remaining comfy and active even while moving in and out of handstands and flips --- without a the burden of a shirt that might come untucked and binding fabric. Classic pretty with a modern twist!

How to add some glamor when the girl just wants to wear a tee? Just click below to come to the full tutorial:

Supplies:1/2 yard sequin fabric
1/2 yard matching cotton
1/4 yard interfacing
thread
ribbon (To make this version, I used 1" wide grossgrain)
scissors
pins

PDF Patterns:Collar Pattern | US - letter sized | here
Collar Pattern | A4 | here


- Start by printing the choosing correct format and template (below) and cutting paper pattern piece out of dressmaker paper or newsprint.
PDF Patterns:Collar Pattern | US - letter sized | here
Collar Pattern | A4 | here

- Using paper pattern piece, cut 1 sequin fabric, 1 matching cotton and 1 interfacing.
- Iron or sew interfacing onto the top piece (sequin).
- Pin rights sides together allowing an opening for the ribbon which you will leave open and sew by hand, afterwards.
- Sew around the collar, leaving the two places open for the ribbon and one opening with which to reverse the collar.
- Once sewn, clip rounded edged, trim loose threads and reverse. Press edges.
- Slide the ribbons into the spaces left for them and sew.
- Sew the opening, with which the collar was reserved, closed.
Collar is party ready!
Comfort is currently the key word in our daughter's vocabulary and I really can't blame her. When all three of the kids were little, little, I sewed for them constantly. When we were designing fabric with crayons (here) I thought that it would be so much fun to make collars with that fabric and to also, have a little sewing party with her friends.

(Hello readers: Would you like step by step photos or illustrations of this, too? I'm heading out of town for a few days and will have the chance to add step by step photos when I return. This gives you the chance to let me know if there's anything special you're looking for.  Until then, I wish you inspiration. By the way, you can adjust this collar to fit yourself, too! Matching? Happy Making!)


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6 comments:

  1. I don't have a girl but I think I'm gonna make this lovely collar for myself ;-)

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    1. This maker me so happy! I'd love to see it.

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  2. Did you sew this by hand or machine sew? I'm going to make one for my daughters 5th Birthday. She loves all things gold and fancy.

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    1. Hi Vela, thanks so much for asking. I sewed this with a machine, only hand stitching the areas where the ribbons are inserted. Even though I used a sequined fabric, it worked very well. I'd love to see how this works!

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