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.
- If you plan on trying this out, please follow Casey's excellent tutorial to the word and ignore pretty much everything I've done.
- The fabric you see below is not my 'fashion fabric', it's merely what I used for my second muslin.
- 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 thing...do 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