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.
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?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!