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Posted on: 9/10/07 10:25 AM
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This is a short tutorial on my blog, describing how I attach the collar to the jacket in what I think is an easy and bulkless way.
A summary of what I do is below. Go here here, for the whole text and some pictures.
1) Sew the upper collar to the undercollar (my undercollar is cut on bias), stretching the trimmed undercollar to match the upper collar. Stop at the notches (marked with "stop here" on my drawing). Trim seam allowances if needed, turn, understitch and press. If you match the neckline seam on the uppercolar and undercollar, you will see that the uppercollar is bigger. Now fold that collar, still matching the neckline seams and put it around your neck. See now why the uppercollar is bigger? To adjust for the so called turn-of-cloth. The collar folds and rolls beautifully around your neck.
2) Sew the uppercollar to the facing (the collar's neckline seam to the facing neckline seam).
Trim, clip and press that seam open
3) Sew the undercollar to the jacket. Again, trim, clip, press open
4) Sew the facings to the jacket.
5) Now, fold your collar and put one seam allowance of the uppercollar and one seam allowance of the undercollar together (the other two seam allowances are inside the collar). Sew those seam allowances together, either by hand or by machine (using a zipper foot in this case). Turn and press. Isn't it beautiful? Light and without bulk.

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Kirstenw said... (2/12/08 0:34 AM) Reply
How long havnt I waited for this information. Thank you so much. This was what I struggled with the most. Kirsten
LauraLo said... (9/17/07 3:10 AM) Reply
Thank you, Carla and Leslie, I'm really glad I could help! I'll try to post more tutorials with photos at my blog...
Leslie in NZ said... (9/14/07 3:12 PM) Reply
Thank you for this. I made a jacket from Burda magazine and these were the instructions for the collar, but I couldn't work it out from their sparse instructions. Thank you for taking the time to photograph the process. I get it now!!! I will have much better results in the future.
CSM--Carla said... (9/10/07 11:14 PM) Reply
Thanks for the clear pictures and sketches, LauraLo! I will seek this out next time I am applying a collar. Carla
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