I’m always looking for an interesting twist when it comes to basic garments. Everyone has their staple wardrobe; simple tops that can be dressed up or down. Sadly, button up shirts never seem to stray too far from the original recipe, but recently I’ve been a little obsessed with origami fashion. There are a surprising number of ways to add small, yet intricate details to a garment, and today I gave one a try. It was quick, easy, and I drew up a free template!
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Theory White and Charcoal Striped Egyptian Cotton
- 1 pkg Dritz Size 18 Half Ball Covered Buttons
- 1/2 yard White Water Jet Loom Fusible Interfacing
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Thus collar goes together much like a normal one and doesn’t take any extra time or skill. Print the collar template on US letter size paper and cut two of each piece on the fold. (You may need to lengthen or shorten your collar at the back.)
Interface all of your pieces to start. Sew both main collar pieces with right sides together, and fold along the dotted line placed on the template. That’s the only step that differs from a typical collar!
Next, the main collar gets sewn into the collar band, like you see above. At this point, you can add the collar to any shirt or pattern the way you normally would. Fold everything right side out and press.
I chose to add mine to a self drafted pattern, but a similar alternative would be Simplicity 1694.
I love the look of it so much. Upon quick glance, it almost resembles a bow tie; and it could be easily dressed up with a brooch or necklace. How would you style yours?