Today’s blog post is “Part 2” of my series on how to create collars for your doll clothes that actually WORK.
So you’re sewing a collar for your doll, and what you want to avoid is that awful won’t-lay-flat thing we’ve all had to deal with:
Last week we learned that adding lace is one way to avoid the Halloween-witch collar, and as you can see in my vintage Crissy Simplicity pattern #9138 lots of doll clothes patterns employ this tactic:
But what if you really want a square-looking collar? What if you’re sewing a modern-day man’s shirt? He’s not gonna get away with that lacy thing.
So here’s what I suggest, if you want to actually follow the squared-off collar that some doll clothes patterns come with:
Collar Tip #2: Use Very Thin Fabric
The bigger the doll, the easier it is to make a collar work with thin fabric. The smaller the doll, the more difficult this can be.
But on my GI Joe shirt, you’ll notice in this next image, that his shirt’s lining is made of 100% cotton, while his collar is made entirely of the gingham fabric from the outer layer of the shirt. That’s because it’s a lighter weight fabric, so I decided it would be best to make the collar from that gingham.
The pockets and sleeves were made of an even lighter weight gingham, and after the whole project was done, I was wishing I’d made the collar out of the same fabric as the sleeves. But oh well, this looked pretty good anyway.
If you’re not sure how to find the weight or heaviness of a fabric, ask your fabric store employees for help; this information can sometimes be found on the cardboard end of a fabric bolt.
As you can see in later renditions of the GI Joe shirt, the collar looked a little more bulky because I got cocky and tried making the collar out of 100% organic cotton with a thicker weave. It didn’t look quite as good as the original gingham shirt which used a lighter weight of fabric:
This version of the collar stuck out terribly before I fixed it, but I’m going to save that “fix-it” tip for next week!
The image shown in the featured image for today’s blog post was from the cover of Simplicity doll clothes sewing pattern #7928, which includes Hawaiian style shirts for Ken and Barbie dolls (as shown above).
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