We are back! In our last post we attach the yoke pattern pieces and the front pieces of our Salt and Pepper shirt, and today it´s time to sew the collar. Let´s get started!
PREPARING THE COLLAR
There are two collar pieces, so the first thing we have to do is to interface one of them, without the seam allowances included.
The interfaced piece will be the outer collar and the no-interfaced piece will be the under collar piece. Fold the seam allowance along the neckline of the back of the collar outer piece and press. Pin under collar to upper collar, right sides together and the edges well aligned.
Baste and stitch along the outer edge using a 1cm seam allowance, pivoting at the corners. Only the neckline section will remain open.
Tream the seam allowances to 5mm, clip corners and clip around the edgeon the curves. Before turning it out, press the seams open if it is possible.
Turn the collar right side out and press it flat, rolling the seams slightly towards the under collar so it will not show on finished collar. Topstitch along three sides (2-3mm from the edge).
ATTACHING THE COLLAR
Place the collar on the right side of the garment keeping the interfaced piece upwards. Align the edges. Align the ends of the collar with the center of the front pieces. Secure the inner collar to the bodice with pins and baste. Sew using 1cm seam allowance taking care of not to sew the upper collar. Backstitch at the begining and at the end of your stitch.
Press the seam allowance open and then press it towards the inside of the collar. This step is very important to have a perfect finish. Take the folded seam allowance from the upper collar to the wrong side of your garment, align the edge to the previous seam allowance. It is very important that it overlaps the stitching line. Secure with pins, baste and press.
To finish the collar, sew along the folded edge of the collar and topstitch along the edges to get a perfect finish.
And that´s all! The collar is ready and it has a very professional look.
Leave your questions in the comments down below and see you in the next post, in which we will attach the sleeves of our Salt and Pepper shirt. See you!