Ah. Frilled collars. Has anyone else been obsessed with them since this trend has emerged? (I recommend following @dominique.major on Instagram for the best collar inspo in her stories!). Big exaggerated collar with added frill details are everywhere at the mo and I just resist jumping on that bandwagon.
I thought the easiest way to do this without me needing to buy a pattern would be to draft a new collar for a blouse I already had!
My plan was to do away with the existing collar and stand and draft a flat Peter Pan collar. I would then add a frill to this and to the yoke – I planned for a simple gathered frill rather than the curly frill of the original pattern.
It’s a simple enough process to draft this kind of collar. I took the front and back yoke (upper bodice) pieces and overlaid then along the stitch line. I then traced over this with another piece of paper and from the neckline drew out the shape I wanted. I kept the depth of the collar at least 12cm and extended that towards the front so it dipped down.
The fabric is used for this make is an ex-designer polka dot silk that I got from The New Craft House during The Stitch Festival earlier this year. I managed to snag the last metre and a bit! I had originally intended to make another In The Folds X Peppermint Wrap Top but since realised that using slinky fabric to tie up anything is generally a bad idea.
I didn’t have as much fabric as I would have like but I was still determined to push ahead. To accomplish what I wanted I had to forgo the frill on the yoke (shame!) and shorten the sleeve. As well as shortening the sleeve itself, I removed the deep buttoned cuff and opted for a narrow plain cuff with elastic inserted
I decided to ignore the instructions this time and just went with my gut and a vague memory of my previous iteration to sew it up!
It worked a treat as I managed to get it together in an evening!
The collar was the most interesting to make. I used a long strip of fabric that was double the length of the outside edge of the collar and twice the width of the frill. I folded and sewed the short ends on themselves, turned the corners out and pressed the long strip in half. I then gathered the raw edge and sandwiched this between my collar and lining. To reduce bulk in this seam I overlocked the edge even though it wouldn’t be seen. I find overlocking is a great way of compressing areas like this!
I’m not a huge fan of it untucked and wouldn’t wear like this myself but I wanted to show what it looked liked! (Oh by the way I had ironed this shirt just minutes before I took these photos but the fabric just wrinkles so easily!!)
I really wish I’d been able to add that extra frill in the yoke seam as I think it would’ve completed the look! That being said I still like it and will hopefully wear it loads!