Look closely at the collar that my Ken doll is wearing in the image above. Do you notice anything strange about the collar?
Zoom in. Do you see that little white circle under his collar?
That’s actually the head of a straight pin. Uh-huh. His collar wouldn’t stay down for the photo shoot, so what did I do? I pinned it down!
What works better than a straight pin? A stitch…
Collar Tip #3: Tack the Collar onto the Shirt with a Quick Stitch
My grandmother would say, “You cheated!” But when it comes to making doll clothes, I’ll be the first to admit that there’s plenty of cheating going on! Only I don’t call it cheating; I call it alteration.
Yes, I often sew the collar to the shirt from underneath. This will help you get a really stiff collar to lay flat, and as long as your collar has a top and bottom layer, you can easily hide your stitches in the bottom layer of the shirt collar.
That’s what I do with nearly all of my shirt collars, when I want them to lay flat. Even big dolls can benefit with this one. So if I were making the 16 inch baby doll collars shown in views 3 and 4 of my vintage Simplicity baby doll clothes pattern #1844, I would definitely tack these collars down with a stitch or two.
I mean, look how narrow those collars are! There’s no way those things are going to lay against the bodice correctly without some stitching from the underside.
In fact, I’d probably do that for all three of the patterns shown in this image:
Ken’s shirt collar is never going to stay down without tacking it onto the shirt somewhere on that Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 7928. No way! Neither will Barbie’s.
But as I noted last week, an 18 inch doll’s collar may be okay, if you’re using really, really thin fabric. However, coats aren’t usually made out of thin fabric.
And the doll in the center of this Simplicity 4364 doll clothes pattern is definitely wearing a coat made of cotton or maybe denim.
So if you don’t want to sew the collar to the jacket, what else can you do? I’ll talk about another alternative that’s especially helpful with big dolls’ collars in next week’s blog post…
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