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Attaching And Sewing A Rolled Collar

We’re back to the tutorials on dealing with the various styles of collars – how to make them and how to attach and sew them.

Today we’re going to talk about how to attach and sew a rolled collar.

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Sew the shoulder seams and any neckline darts before attaching the collar.  Staystitch the garment neck edge to prevent any stretching (A) while putting on the collar.

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After sewing the front and back facings together at the shoulder seams, attach the facing with right side of facing toward the right side of the garment (B).  Pin the facing through the collar and garment pieces, matching the notches and shoulder seams.

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With the facing side up, machine stitch the facing and collar to the garment.  Stitch each side directionally (C), from the center back to the garment front, backstitching at the ends to secure the stitching.  Remove the pins and any basting threads you may have used.

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Press the seam allowances toward the facing (D).  Understitch the neck and garment opening seamlines (E) where necessary.  With the facing side up, stitch close to the seamline through all the seam allowances as indicated with the arrow.  Press the facing to the inside of the garment and tack the facing at the shoulder seams.

Next week we’ll cover how to attach a stand up collar.  These “how to” tutorials are an excerpt from our book “Basic Clothing Construction”.  This book is a handy addition to have in your sewing room, so you can refer to the various sewing tips and tutorials at any time.

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