The Shawl Collar
The shawl collar makes a lovely and graceful collar on most any garment.
*Please be sure to remove seam allowances from the original pattern piece. This will make drafting the collars so much easier.*
Draw in the button extension. To determine how wide the extension should be, measure your buttons. The added button extension is half the size of your button plus 1/2″. So if you have a 1″ button, half the size of the button is 1/2″. Add 1/2″ and the result will be 1″.
In order for the collar to gracefully fall over the back neckline, we need to add a little ease. Depending on the thickness of your fabric, measure over 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the original line that was drawn. Now draw a slightly curved line back to the shoulder line. Redraw the back collar as you see in the picture below.
The final pattern. Be sure to transfer the original notches, the grain line and add seam allowances. You will cut 2 of these for the garment and 2 for the facing. There is no need to cut a back neck facing as the collar seam allowance will encase the back neck seam.
The final product.
I cut my shirt off at the waistline and added a 1/2 circular skirt. If you would like to learn how to draft circular skirts, see this post, http://www.sewnews.com/blogs/sewing/2013/03/14/guest-blogger-rhonda-from-rhondas-creative-life-drafting-the-circular-skirt/
The sleeves that you see on this dress are a lot of fun to draft. You can find those instructions here, http://rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2013/06/sleeves-on-saturdays.html
If you have been following along through this collar series, you now see how easy it is to take a basic pattern and make an array of wonderful garments.