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removing a collar from a jacket design
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Date: 12/21/12 5:49 PM

I'm making another version of the simplicity sixties shift dress pattern. Due to my design choice (I intend to use 2 colours to create a block effect) I am going to have some left over fabric.

Having got too much left over fabric already from other previous projects, I am going to TRY and squeeze a small jacket (burda 7182)) out of what's left from the dress.

I don't want to have the lapels or a stand up collar. Not having removed a collar before which has lapels I am unsure of the best approach. Get a french curve and follow the original line before it changes shape for the lapel?

This is new terrain, so advice is much appreciated!

One additional fact I have to consider is the fabric is a nice melton like wool, with some drape, but not masses of flexible. The jacket should work with this, but the collar would (I think) end up too bulky with all those collar seams.

Edited to add, am planning to make version B, if this helps.
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Date: 12/21/12 8:14 PM

ok, quick update. Have just laid out the shift dress pattern pieces and attempted to add jacket pieces. I was just a tad optimistic about how much spare fabric I would have left over.

However all is not lost! after some careful thinking I hope I can still get a bolero style matching jacket out of this, by double cutting the bodice pieces and cutting out the optional sleeve pieces.

Sewing the duplicate bodice pieces and sleeves together, then lining it all, should (as long as I add a tiny bit of the front skirt to get the bodice shaping in) create a jacket. Lets hope my creative instincts can be trusted.

Having said all that, it would still be good to know how to remove a collar and lapel from a design!

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Date: 12/22/12 8:59 AM

I would go with using your French curve to retrace a smooth line. I have made mine that way.

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