Clever Charlotte

The Collar Project: Snow Queen

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

Hello! Here's yesterday's Collar Project post today! A camera malfunction caused most of my completed project photos to be null and void when I tried to download them last night, so I had to re-shoot today. Then, of course, my willing model yesterday (Miss N) wasn't so willing today, so desperate times ensued...come check it out.

For this, our final Collar Project collar, I've created a layered collar from felt. I played around with several color options before this particular combo struck me as completely perfect. Its crystalline combination rather reminds of the Snow Queen from the Nutcracker. I still have to devise a more suitable garment over which to wear it, but I think it would be divine over a fluffy cream angora sweater, don't you?

Felt Collar4
Felt Collar4

For the materials, I used a cream 100% wool felt from FeltontheFly and a heathered blue wool blend from GiantDwarf. I added silver machine embroidery using a metallic thread* from Coates & Clark.

* A note about working with a metallic thread: I hadn't sewn with metallic thread before and I would hardly consider myself an expert now--but here are a few pointers from my experience: 1. use a regular cotton/poly thread in the bobbin, 2. lighten your machine's tension, and 3. sew very slowly. If you go too fast, the thread begins to shred at the eye of the needle.

I modified the standard collar pattern from the Peridot pattern in a few ways--

First, I trimmed down the basic Peridot pattern piece for the collar (see photo #1). Since I was working with felt, I did not need to finish any edges. Hence, I could cut off the seam allowance on the outside portion of the collar. I took off more than 1/2" in some places because I wanted a slimmer overall look. Note that I kept the SA on the inside curve because I was going to sew both layers together along this curve.

Next I cut out the pattern in two pieces (rather than on the fold for a joined piece) in order to create a more classic silhouette--see further below for how I sewed the points together.

Finally, I created a new scalloped piece for the top layer (see photo #2-3). I had to play around a bit to get the right shape. To ensure that the top and bottom layers would have identical inside curves, I created a copy of the main layer, then sketched out the scallops on the copy, before cutting it out of the felt (#4).

Felt Collar1
Felt Collar1

I love to play around with the different embroidery stitches on my machine (though this would have been an ideal project for hand embroidered details too). I kept the outline stitches on the top layer simple, but chose a blanket stitch for the bottom layer. After outlining the bottom layer with the blanket stitch, I trimmed the edge closer to the finished stitched edge (not reflected in the photo below).

Felt Collar5
Felt Collar5

Sew the two layers together along the inside curve, with the right side of the top layer against the wrong side of the bottom layer. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8", then flip the top layer to the right side of the bottom layer and press. Repeat for the second half of the collar.

Felt Collar8
Felt Collar8

Next, sew the left and right pieces together by overlapping the two sides by about 1/2" with the top layer opened up. You may be able to see the stitched triangle (right, below) that secures the two halves together.

Felt Collar3
Felt Collar3

I used the final top stitching along the finished, inside edge to also secure the brown grosgrain ribbon in place in between the two layers.

Finally, select a fun embellishment for the center front of the finished collar. I really wanted something silvery for this collar, but could only find this button--it's fine but not as elegant as I had in mind. 

Felt Collar6
Felt Collar6

So, I swapped out the button for this cute mini bow. I can imagine many additional fun ways to embellish this look.

Felt Collar12
Felt Collar12

Did I mention I had trouble securing the assistance of my usual model?  So, I improvised with my own neck! Who says littles should have all the fun?  (I swear that I could not find a shirt or sweater with a good neckline, can you tell?)

Felt Collar2
Felt Collar2

Oh, and in case you were wondering if I have a complete head, I thought I would throw in the gratuitous self portrait--might as well show off my new glasses + haircut ;)

Felt Collar10
Felt Collar10

I'll be back this weekend with a wrap up post for our Collar Project. I hope you've enjoyed all the great ideas brought to you by our guest bloggers these past 2 weeks!

Happy Sewing!

~Erin