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The Collar Project: Holiday Cheer

Inspiration, Peridot Blouse & Pantscarla macklinComment
Peridot Collar with Embroidery2
Peridot Collar with Embroidery2

Seeing all these variations on the Peridot Collar has me inspired! With the holiday season closing in, I decided this was a perfect opportunity to double up on my sewing efforts for my girls.  I'll be separately blogging about the dresses and coordinating Kestrel Coat later this month.   

For an elegant, Christmas look, I chose a green cotton velvet at our favorite local fabric shop and a variety of silver beads from my stash   To make sure my embroidery was centered on the front of the collars, I marked the stitch lines using a permanent pen 1/2" in from the cut lines on the wrong side of the velvet pieces (I would recommend using a disappearing ink or hand basting if using a thinner fabric). Using these stitch lines as a guide, I hand sewed the small beads in the form of snowflakes on the front of the collars.  This step took no time at all, but there was some mild frustration threading that painfully small beading needle.

Peridot Collar with Embroidery
Peridot Collar with Embroidery

I underlined the collar (no interfacing because of the weight of the velvet) in a plain white cotton and followed the basic assembly steps for the Peridot pattern, omitting the ribbon ties.  Once the collars were sewn, flipped and pressed, I sewed on large hooks and eyes to close the fronts.

Peridot Collar with Embroidery
Peridot Collar with Embroidery

The back view--

Peridot Collar with Embroidery
Peridot Collar with Embroidery

With the action that these collars will see, I think I need to add some snaps to secure them to the dresses!

Peridot Collar with Embroidery
Peridot Collar with Embroidery

Happy Sewing!

~Carla