Sunday, 21 August 2011

Fun with detachable collars #1

After last week's Lonsdale disappointment, I'm happy to report that I've had sooo much fun sewing this weekend and with great results too! I've been experimenting with detachable collars - inspiration shared here - and by no means am I finished yet. Hence I'm calling this post #1...I have a feeling many more will follow!

First up is View D from McCall's 1911 from the1950s, which I made from a crisp white linen. This is such a chic pattern and easy as anything to make. Honestly, the hardest part of this pattern was tying the square knot to finish the look off! I can't wait to make the other views, especially B!





Next up is a simple peter pan collar that I drafted myself (not exactly rocket science) and finished off with a hook and eye. I think what makes this collar so special though, is the gorgeous crochet lace that I trimmed it with. The lace is from this eBay seller, whom I was dubious about at first as it ships from Hong Kong. I chose to gamble on it though as it was just 99p for 5 yards of this lace with very reasonable P&P charges. I'm glad I did - the lace arrived really fast and it's beautiful.




This next collar was inspired by the cover of Simplicity 2567 from the 1930s, but I had to draft it myself as the actual pattern pieces were missing. My favourite features of this collar are the scallops obviously and the cute button closing. My scallops definitely need some work and possibly enlarging, but it's not bad for a first go!





Last, but not least is my double layered peter pan collar. This was adapted from a Primark blouse I own and I love the results. The collar's trimmed with green bias binding that acts as a tie closing as well. I think next time I'll use satin bias binding or ribbon, for a sleeker look.




So, what do you think? Do you like my detachable collars? Do you have a favourite?

One thing I do know for sure, is that if I get to sell these on Etsy one day I need a new face! I tried so hard to 'model' these collars, but I'm just not photogenic. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!

23 comments:

  1. Adorable collars Marie! So cute and what a great way to use up leftovers. Especially love the sailor.

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  2. Ooh pretty! What a brilliant idea! I love that it can take a simple top and make it special :) So cute!
    Ashley x

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  3. Oh they're fab Marie, my faves are the first one (HAS to be worn with a stripy top) and the last one. I think you look lovely in your photos but completely sympathise with the photogenic thing. I HATE seeing pictures of myself and can't pull off a sultry/thoughtful face for the life of me. I have to resort to a massive cheesy grin on every photo - otherwise I look like I've just received bad news!
    I think you could seriously sell your collars on Etsy, they're beautifully made and have that lovely point of difference. x

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  4. I can't pick just one for a fave. I like them all. I think detachable collars are a fun and unique way to switch up the look of your outfit. Great work ^_^

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  5. First of all, these collars are soooo cute. I love the nautical one
    best. I keep meaning to make a detachable collar but it's one of those
    things I haven't yet got round to. You've inspired me to put this on my
    Autumn sewing list.

    Second of all, erm... you are TOTALLY photogenic! I was scrolling
    through your post thinking how stunning you are - like a 1930s movie
    star - so was very surprised to read your last paragraph. I know it's
    cringe-worthy to post photos of yourself on the internet but these
    snaps are great and you look GORGEOUS. So there.

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  6. Hey, I like the new hair. Sorry for not noticing, but I saw this on sew retro first and didn't recognize you! I'm an idiot. I'm sure you could sell them on etsy, I really like the big sailor one!

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  7. They are so cute! I like the first and the last one the best. I am a sucker for a sailor collar.

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  8. These are delicious. And your modelling face is super cute--Etsy peeps will love it!

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  9. I love these! this is a great idea for girls outfits too.

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  10. These are so cute, and would totally sell. The nautical one is so cool, i want one!

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  11. Firstly, thank you all for your kind comments about my face ;o) Tilly, you really are too kind likening me to 1930s movie stars...doesn't get much better than that! Jane, I feel your pain re the photo-taking...

    Seems like your joint favourite was the sailor-type collar, but I'm so pleased to hear that you all agree on collars being a great and versatile accessory.

    I feel really motivated and excited to keep plugging away with these, so thank you for your comments!

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  12. I love 'em! The lace edged one in particular.
    I also love ebay for notions - half the fun is seeing whether the stuff turns up or not - though it can be expensive if it doesn't! ;-)

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  13. Adorable! They are so darn sweet. I love the last floral one the best.

    And you totally give good face. I think you modeled them really well.

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  14. They are really lovely and a great way to add something to an outfit. I really like the idea of using the same fabric as a skirt so tie an outfit together too. I love the little peter pan ones best.

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  15. Very cute! I especially love the peter pan collars; I've always thought that's just such a great look. Such a smart way to use scraps of prints you love. :)

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  16. Oh!! These are absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm such a sucker for peter pan and sailor collars! (:

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  17. Marie those collars are awesome! You are a total movie star in them. I love the double layered collar with the little tie up bit. Let us know if you ever post any on Etsy, I am sure they would sell like hotcakes. Sam xox

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  18. These are fantastic! I know you will get a ton of use out of these - I adore the prints you used!

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  19. Well I'm just going to echo what everyone else has said. Those collars would be definite sellers on Etsy. I mean like HOTCAKES!
    In addition consider yourself well and truly told off!! You have gorgeous bone structure, beautiful eyes, a perfect mouth and to cap it all off your eyeliner flicks are nothing short of masterful!
    i should have said it at the time but when you posted your make up looks from your holiday in Portugal(or was it Cyprus?) I was blown away by how beautiful you are. I literally sat there and thought WOW!I think you steered clear of posting too many photos of yourself on here to begin with. (I understand how that feels as I hate photos of myself) BUT, I am soo glad to see you are gaining in confidence enough to do so now, because you are an absolute stunner.
    There. How's that for a telling off, lol!
    Px

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  20. Wow Portia, that's a telling off and a half! I appreciate your stern words though, because they are just so amazingly flattering. Thank you so much, your continuous support and encouragement are truly appreciated! Glad to see you’re back to posting ;o)

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  21. I especially love the sailor collar <3 I need to have a go at making one myself!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  22. wow! What a cute idea - love this!

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  23. Marie, I LOVE your sailor collar!! Wow! Looking forward to seeing your Etsy shop. I'm so happy to see you work hard to make your dream a reality. Keep it up, lady. xx Adrie

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