Sunday, January 25, 2009

Collar for a shirt

I've started an easy project and a more complicated one. The easy project is a ling erie set. TNT patterns, construction done so many times, piece of cake for me.

The more complicated one is only complicated by the fabric. Remember the spring fabric I showed you last week? I want to make an easy shirt from that fabric. First I washed it, and it came out more looking like seersucker fabric. It has stretch and had shrunken quite a bit too! After a good press it was better, but I'm afraid of all the ironing I will have to do after wearing and washing the shirt. I love to wear shirts, but hate the ironing. 

OK, and what am I going to make of this one? BWOF 118 from the January issue. I'm not quite sure whether this is the right fabric for this style or not. The style is mixed: hanging shoulders but long cuffs on the sleeves. I'll see how it comes out. (I wanted to copy the line drawing, but the BWOF site is too busy it seems, the pictures don't come up )

I sewed the collar using the method that Louise Cutting shows on the Threads DVD with techniques. She makes the upper and under collar as one pattern piece. In this way there's less bulk in the corner of the  point of the collar, resulting in a sharper collar. I do lack a few tools she uses, but the result is quite nice, even though my fabric didn't cooperate.

On the top of the picture is the combined upper and under collar. The arrow points to the point of the collar. As you can see the angle in the collar makes that the under collar is more or less on the bias. How much that will be in this method, depends on the angle.

After interfacing the complete collar the center back seam of the under collar is stitched (I never interface the seam allowances).

Then the seam  of the collar is stitched and the corners trimmed.

Turn, press and toptstitch. I found it quite easy.


I never thought there would be so many of you that wanted the Knip mode issue. I'll do the draw tomorrow. Where you are doesn't matter, everyone has a chance and the same chance, but I only have one copy.


And finally my blog has been given the Kreativ Blogger award by Lori, Linda and Cindy . I feel very honored of course and am happy you like to read my sewing adventures. But this time I'll won't name any other bloggers. Read Carolyn's post on the topic. She can say it far more beautiful than I can, and I do agree with her completely. Furthermore I realise more and more that I'm not really up to date with new bloggers. I haven't really been exploring other blog lists recently, and by the bloggers other nominate and the reactions to my Knip draw, I'm finding a lot more sewing blogs that I didn't know existed or had not yet added to my reader list. I'm trying to catch up, but time is limited, and I am trying seriously to spend less time on the internet.


  1. I think I will be attempting a shirt like this one of these days so I'll be watching what you do here. But I'll make sure I get a fabric with a little lycra in it for stretch and less ironing.

  2. Congratulations on the award - which you sew deserve! *pun intended!* Sigrid, I've been following your sewing since my first SWAP posts and you left a comment on my blog. I so admire the garments you create (especially the lingerie) and the tenacity you show in completing a project. You are always inspiring and I'm glad that you understand & agree with how I feel about the blog awards.

  3. That's a technique that (blanking on name!) that I saw in a PR class. It does make for a great, thin, sharp collar.

  4. What a cool way to cut the collar- thanks Sigrid!

    On the blog awards: You so deserve it. I'm like you and can barely catch up with all the new blogs, but I try to check them out as I find the time. I think everyone will be "found" eventually, especially those who leave comments, and we're all different, so no one size fits all :)

  5. You most definitely deserve the blog award. Your blog is fantastic and so helpful to me. I read it regularly.

  6. I like this technique. Did you post the pattern and I missed it? If not, could you do this? I am planning several blouses with collars and would love to try this technique. I think that someone on PR also posted about using this technique. I wonder, since you got this off the Threads dvd, if this is in an old Threads, of which I have a huge collection. About the DVD's, are they live videos? Are they worth the price do you think?

  7. I feel silly but I don't understand the method well. You fold each side of the extended collar inward to form the under collar and the arrow points to where the center back seam of the under collar will be ? Is that correct or am I totally confused ?

  8. Congratulations on the well deserved award!

    I must try this collar technique too! Thank you for explaining how it's done!