Is it just my imagination or is the fashion just so much more creative these days? I guess with the DIY / refashioning craze, we collectively have sprung out of the box. And look what we’ve come up with today: a very cool detachable collar.
Different models, variations on a theme: take an old shirt from your hubby when he is not looking and cut off the collar. Never mind if it’s frayed. We’re going to cover it.
Next: take some sassy lace from your stash, cut up a doily, take out your jewelry beads, and/or your crochet needle with some thread, and EMBELLISH that collar. Go as wild and crazy as you wish.
I quite dig this execution. It’s classy and elegant! The glittering spider winks to Halloween, but the blob of glitter there is just right. Finish the collar off in a fashion and color, in a way that suits your wardrobe and your style.
Detachable Collar DIY Tutorial
What you’ll need:
- A piece of cotton fabric, approx. 25 x 60 cm (10 x 24 ins).
- A piece of lace fabric, 15 x 60 cm (6 x 24 ins).
- Fusible interfacing.
- 1 button.
- 1 brooch.
- Sewing thread.
Cut the collar off an old shirt, and include that upright section that has that shirt top button in the neck.
To round the point of the collar, place a glass or cup over the edge of the collar, and mark the curve with a fabric marker or pencil. Also mark the mid section of your collar.
Transfer the collar pattern onto paper, and add a 1 cm seam allowance. Note: the straight edge you see in the picture is the middle back of the collar.
Use the paper pattern to cut your collar piece 2 times, on a fold. Iron interfacing to wrong side of one piece. Lay collar pieces together, right sides facing.
Sew it together like so:
- Stitch edges together, at seam allowance width from edges, leaving approx. 5 cm (2 ins) open on inner edge of attached band, for turning.
- Trim seam allowances, trimming diagonally across corners.
- Turn collar right side out and press.
- Sew seam opening closed.
- Topstitch inner edge at width of band (approx. 3 cm/ 11/4 in from edge).
- Fold attached band onto collar and press.
- Work buttonhole in one end of band and sew button to opposite end.
- Pin lace fabric to collar so that lace extends past front curves and past outer edge.
- On these edges, trim lace along edges of lace pattern.
- Fold lace over fold edge of collar and pin to attached band.
- Sew lace to collar.
- Attach brooch to right end of band.
Credit photos and instructions: Image credit: Burda. This site has removed this pattern. As a result, we added some detail to our original article. ref. burdastyle.com/techniques/detachable-collar
Article updated 8/2021; original 1/2013.