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The Collar Project: Mini Pom Poms

Peridot Blouse & PantsErinComment
Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project
Clever Charlotte's The Collar Project

Welcome to the first collar project of The Collar Project! Today's design is my own simple embellishment of the basic Peridot Collar (in Size 2T) using some mini ball trim.

Collar3
Collar3

I purchased this trim at Joann's. It comes in lots of fun colors and looks just smashing against a solid color--here, some white herringbone shirting fabric.  I took pictures of Miss N wearing it with a plain gray cardigan--a perfect way to dress up a hand-me-down!  See how you can place the ties at the front or back?

Collar2
Collar2

To trim the collar with this pom pom fringe, I used the same technique as I would use to add piping to a seam--

First, iron the trim as straight as possible. Unlike piping, which is cording covered in fabric strips cut on the bias, this stuff tends to curl and twist up a bit.  Luckily it did not do this once sewn and pressed in place.

Collar7
Collar7

Next, I basted the trim to the right side of one of the collar piece, 1/2" from the outside edges, with the balls laying toward the inside curve of the collar.  This is the hardest step, and I used lots of pins to hold it in place.

Once the trim was basted in place, I positioned the second collar piece on top so that pom poms were sandwiched in between the two layers.  I then sewed the two collar pieces together with the same 1/2" seam allowance, through the trim's tape and right alongside the pom poms (you are essentially sewing on top of your basting stitches).

Collar1
Collar1

I also  sandwiched the two ties in between the layers (brown Petersham grosgrain, which is more refined and lays more smoothly than the "fake" grosgrain sold at most mass retailers).  I left the hole through which to turn the collar to the right side on the inside curve, but in all other ways I followed the standard directions provided with our Peridot pattern.

Collar5
Collar5

The collar will drape better made up in some fabrics than others.  To help ensure a smooth, curved lie, I draped the sewn collar over a boiled wool bolster pillow taken from our living room couch and steamed it vigorously.  I then left it on the pillow to completely cool--at least 15 minutes.

Collar8
Collar8
Butterscotch 4
Butterscotch 4

You could easily import this technique to add other trims to the seam of your collar--the aforementioned piping or perhaps some lace as seen in this vintage collar I purchased some time ago:

Oh, how I wish I could say I sewed this beautiful piece.

Until tomorrow's project, happy sewing!

~Erin