Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Detachable Collar DIY

Hi friends! I'm Laura and I blog over at Vintage Requiem.  I'm really excited to be able to do a guest post here on Lena B, Actually  and I love to make things so I thought I would do a DIY.  

I'm a big fan of the detachable collar and I've started making my own because it's fun and a great way to use up scrap material!  You don't even need a pattern as it is super easy to make your own. To get the scoop right on the neck line, take a piece of clothing you own and measure the point from one side of the neck to the other. Draw a line on a piece of paper.

Then draw your scoop, deciding how low you would like it to go.

This will give you an idea of how deep to make your scoop. Measure the distance between each side and then half it.

This is how deep the scoop should be at it's deepest point, which is in the middle. Take a piece of paper large enough to draw your pattern on and fold it in half.  Draw your pattern from the fold line, so that when you cut it out, it will be one pattern, jointed together at the fold.

This is the first ever collar I ever made, and I made it a little big, but I decided to use it to show you how you can easily change the size if your not happy with it. 

Size 1
Size 2

To change the size, I simply folded the material in half and pinned it together  and then cut it smaller. This can be a bit risky as if you make a mistake you can't undo it. You can also make several paper collars and muck around with how they look...

Then I just pinned the material to some scrap material I had left over from a dress I made.

Then I pinned it together inside out and sewed it together. 

I left a gap that I didn't sew up so that I could could pull the material through to turn it in the right way. 

Turned it in the right way...

I handed stitched up the gap to finish the collar.

Now to add the ties. Make sure the ties flow with the line of the collar, this ensures that when you tie it, the bow will sit right. I hand stitched these on as well as stitching the ends of them so they wouldn't fray.

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Thanks for this rockin' DIY, Laura Lee! You're the cutest... and this collar is amazing!

As much as I love blogging, with everything going on in or lives right now (see THIS post), I just do not have the time to invest in Lena B as much as I want to.  I enjoy this space so much, and I have so much respect for my readers & friends that it wouldn't feel right to completely ignore the blog right now... I will be posting as much as I can, but when I can't I have some awesome bloggers lined up to bring you some fabulous posts!  Please be nice to this rockin' ladies.  I appreciate them so much!

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  1. Thanks for letting me do a guest post Lena xx

  2. i love that collar that you made! what a great diy!

    lindsey louise


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