For the most faithful Chelly Wood website readers out there, this is a re-posting of a blog post from about a year ago. The topic is still relevant of course, and I welcome everyone’s comments and suggestions in the discussion area at the bottom of the post!
Nobody wants their doll’s collar to stick up all willie-nillie, right?
Of course not! So here, all in one place, are all 5 of my tips for creating doll clothes 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 collar. To read more about applying lace to a doll’s collar, click on this blog post.
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 any kind of fabric collar can be.
But if you’d like to read more about how to judge a fabric’s weight and how this affects the stiffness of a doll shirt’s collar, please click here.
Collar Tip #3: Tack the Collar onto the Shirt with a Quick Stitch
That’s what I do with nearly all of my shirt collars, when I want them to lay flat. 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.
To learn more about this method, please click here.
But in all honesty, 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 what do I recommend in cases like that?
Collar Tip #4: Use Felt
Making a coat or jacket out of felt does double duty to make things easier on you. First, you can avoid hemming everything, including the sleeves and the outer edges of the coat itself.
Second, you won’t have as much trouble getting that collar to lay like you want it to. To learn more about using felt with doll clothes collars, please click here.
And now for my final tip…
Collar Tip #5: Use Bias Tape
If you’re not sure how to apply bias tape to a doll’s garment, I recommend that you revisit one or both of the following videos:
And you can read even more tips for using bias tape for doll clothes collars when you click here.
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