One Pattern Seven Bloggers #4: Techniques

Ever since I saw Casey's 30s scalloped collar tutorial (Part 1 & Part 2) I was totally smitten and itching to try it out. Casey incorporates it into the Sewaholic Pendrell Blouse pattern, but I figured I would try my hand at adapting it for my One Pattern Seven Bloggers dress. As this is the penultimate week of One Pattern Seven Bloggers week and we are required to share techniques, I thought I'd let you know how I got on.

  1. If you plan on trying this out, please follow Casey's excellent tutorial to the word and ignore pretty much everything I've done.
  2. The fabric you see below is not my 'fashion fabric', it's merely what I used for my second muslin.
  3. I had little time this week and no compass to help me test this collar out, so it really is a very rough mock-up to gauge if it would work. 

Phew, now that I've made my excuses, I shall proceed!

As I said before, Casey uses the Sewaholic Pendrell Blouse as her basis, so to begin with, I laid my bodice flat and traced the front half and back half of the neckline.

Sadly, I tried to cut corners and so I added a seam allowance before drawing my wonky scallops, meaning I ended up with a scallop strip that was too long. I'd rather make mistakes on my muslin any day though!

I then sewed the collar together, taking care to follow Casey's instructions closely!

Because I plan on lining my bodice, I sandwiched my collar between the right sides of my bodice and lining, sewed all around and then turned the lining to the inside. The result was like magic... no raw edges! No a bad result considering my calculations were off and the collar falls short at the front. I think with precision and the right instruments, I can make this work for the real you?

For more techniques and handy tips, check out what the other six ladies have been up to:

Reana Louise shows us how to make lace trimmed bias tape - Curves, Patterns and Pins 

Kat talks french seams, bow belts and peter pan collars - Petticoats & Peplums 

Rachel shares a brilliant in-seam pocket tutorial - My Messings 

Jen takes us through perfect dart making - Pretty Little Pictures 

Amy shows us how to line a bodice - Sewing Through the Motions 

Sam has a self-fabric belt tutorial in store for Saturday - All things quilty...and sewy


  1. It's so pretty. Can't wait to see the finished dress.

  2. Oooh pretty! I really like the effect here, I might have to check out that tutorial :) x

  3. Wow! Fabulous design! love it!!

  4. Thank you ladies, I owe it all to Casey's tutorial. Fingers crossed with some more diligence, my final dress/collar will look good!

  5. thanks for the comment on my puff! Knitting is so easy. You should definitely give it a go. I was thinking of doing a video tutorial with some basics like casting on, knit, purl, cast off, increases, decreases blah blah blah. Not too sure though. My dream is to one day own a yarn shop where I run knitting and crochet classes. I think it would be so much fun!

  6. You are way too hard on yourself Marie, it looks awesome! I think you did an amazing job! x

  7. This is cute!! Are you going to add it to your dress? Can't wait to see the end results!

  8. Kat - if you do YouTube tutorials, please let me know as I'll be very eager to check them out! Your dream yarn shop sounds awesome too!

    Thanks Reana Louise, you're very kind!

    Jen - I am definitely going to incorporate this into my dress...I love it!

  9. Hi Marie, Great job. It's looking great. I love those scallops

  10. Marie, this is gorgeous!!! You did a fantastic job! (: