Today’s blog post is the first in a series of five blog posts that will teach you how to create collars for your doll clothes that actually WORK. In the coming weeks, watch for each of these tips and tricks on sewing doll clothes collars for dolls of every shape and size.
Let’s face it, making a teeny tiny shirt’s collar look right is crazy-hard!
If you’ve been sewing for dolls for very long at all, you’ve probably tried making collars. With people’s collars, it’s tricky enough, but when you size-down a collar to fit a Barbie doll, it’s terribly difficult to make that collar look right and lay flat.
The pattern’s packaging shows a fancy collar with lace trim, and what you end up with is weh-weh-weh:
Right? So here is the first of my 5 ways to create collars that look believable on your dolls…
Collar Tip #1: Use Lace
If you look closely at Views 4 and 2 in my Simplicity 5731 Tressy Wardrobe pattern, you’ll see that these garments both apply lace to the doll’s collar.
This is an okay solution, but it’s best to choose a lace that has been gathered by the manufacturer to avoid a bumpy effect. And even with that, it can still look a bit bumpy around the collar when all’s said and done.
I made this top (see below) using the Tressy Wardrobe pattern shown in View 2, and I did apply pre-gathered lace:
But as you can see, even with the gathered lace, it still looks a bit bumpy. So lace isn’t an ideal collar option, but it IS an option.
In fact a lot of doll clothes patterns use this collar method. Check out my vintage Crissy Simplicity pattern #9138 for example:
Views 1, 3, 4, and 5 all use the “lace collar” to solve the wonky-sticking-up-collar problem.
Bigger dolls don’t have as much of a natural-looking collar problem as small dolls do, though, but they can have problems too. We’ll address those in next week’s tip for sewing doll clothes collars.
So don’t forget to come back later to check out my other tips for sewing doll clothes collars!
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