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How To Attach A Stand Up Collar

I really like the “stand up” collars – it’s so easy to add a little extra to dress up the garment.  A necklace or two looks very nice, or you could add a scarf to make a professional look.  And the great thing is that the stand up collars are easy to make!

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          After cutting out the stand up collar piece, you will apply interfacing using the same method as outlined for the flat collar, except that this will be a one piece collar, with a one piece interfacing. 

          Sew the shoulder seams and all neckline darts, then staystitch the neckline of the garment to prevent stretching (A).  Clip into the neckline at one inch intervals which will permit the collar to fit smoothly onto the garment.  Be careful not to cut through the stitching line. 

          With right sides together, pin the edge of the collar to the garment, matching the notches as you pin (B).  Stitch the seam and backstitch at each end to secure the stitching.

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            Press the seam open, then press it up, toward the collar (C).

            Bring the facing edge down to line up with the neck seamline (D) and pin in place.  Slipstitch the facing to the garment along the neck seamline, removing the pins as you stitch.  Press the neckline seam. 

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         Attach hook and eye fasteners so that the ends of the collar meet when fastened (E).  If you have a plain stand up collar, sew the two sets of hook and eye fasteners to the inside of the collar, placing one set at the neck and the other at the top of the collar.  If you have a “turn down” standing collar (F), you would still need to attach two sets of hook and eye fasteners as indicated previously, but one extra set of fasteners should be placed at the center of the turned-down portion.

        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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