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Collar adaptation technique by Louise Cutting
as seen on Martha's Sewing Room
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Date: 4/16/11 7:01 AM

I caught the last of the PBS episode with Louise Cutting demonstrating a very interesting collar technique. I have been searching the internet and cannot find info (including Cutting Line web site). She also quickly showed some great tops but did not say what patterns they were Anyone know where I can find her technique to go through it at a very slow pace?

btw - I just made a muslin of the Ebb top and think it would be great in a very soft linen
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Date: 4/16/11 8:04 AM

Here's Louise's website: http://www.fabriccollections.com/
That's about all I can help with.... What kind of collar was featured, Kathy?

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Date: 4/16/11 8:37 AM

Are you talking about Louise's collars that are cut in one piece with only a center back seam and no seams at the center front? If so, one of her now sadly out-of-print booklets has instructions for using a regular collar pattern cut in two pieces to redraw the collar pattern so that it's in one piece. It makes for much sharper edges at the center front and lots less bulk. It looks like the first dvd that she did for Threads magazine has the directions (http://store.threadsmagazine.com/threads-insider-industry-techniques-dvd-031016.html). Louise also sells the dvd (http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=70873241147137087&Store_id=516&page_id=23&Item_ID=1268) .

It's a great technique and Louise's directions are terrific.
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Date: 4/16/11 8:41 AM

Ah...take a look at this fairly recent thread. The Collar

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Date: 4/16/11 8:44 AM

It sounds a lot like Nancy Zieman's magic collar.
Nancy collar instructions

Is this similar to what you are looking for? If so, it does make lovely collars.

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Date: 4/16/11 8:59 AM

Thank you so much, I've seen this done on PBS but to have the actual instructions written down is much better. Thank you again.

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Date: 4/16/11 9:57 AM

I first found out about this technique when sewing Louise's "A Perfect Blouse" pattern - have found it since on some of Sandra B's patterns. It is really a great way to do a collar
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In reply to KathySews

Date: 4/16/11 2:27 PM

You can convert just about any collar to a Louise Cutting type using Nancy Zieman's method. I guess it could be called either a Louise collar or a Nancy collar....or a Sandra collar! Anyway, I've adapted several of my standard collar patterns this way, and it has always worked like a charm for me.

The modified collar piece does take up more space in your fabric layout, so if you're running short of material, that's not the time to try it.

Kathy, I'm looking forward to seeing your Ebb top!


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Date: 4/16/11 2:32 PM

I'm sure you will like the Ebb shirt. I made 5 versions a couple of years ago and they are my go to shirts for everyday with jeans wear. I love them - made all of them out of cotton lawn, cooler than a Tshirt but just as easy to wear without knit cling showing bumps and lumps.

Thanks to IreneQ for her reviews of the pattern - I think I'll go through the stash and cut some new ones for this summer.

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Date: 4/16/11 3:01 PM

this is great! I go away for a few hours and answers magically appear. Thanks all.

I had to make a fba in my ebb blouse and still fiddling with it to get it right. IreneQ's review is helpful for that. Hope to get a review done but I hate doing the photography stuff. I believe my new years resolution involved more reviews.

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