The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss!

The Shawl Collar

The shawl collar makes a lovely and graceful collar on most any garment.

shawl collar 1 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! It lays smoothly over the back neckline.

shawl collar 2 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! The collar is actually a part of the front pattern piece and extends to form the back collar. The only seams for this collar are the back neck seam and the shoulder seam.

shawl collar 3 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! Remember, for all of the collars that we are drafting, we are using Butterrick 5678.

butterick 5678 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! Begin with the center front pattern piece.

*Please be sure to remove seam allowances from the original pattern piece. This will make drafting the collars so much easier.*

shawl collar 4 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! Determine how low you would like the center front opening to be and place a mark on your pattern.

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″.

shawl collar 5 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! Draw a straight line from the button extension through the shoulder line at neck edge.

shawl collar 6 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! For this collar, our back neck collar width will be 2 1/2″. Square a line over and then draw a line down as you see in the picture below.

shawl collar 7 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! 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.

shawl collar 8 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! The front area of the collar can have any shape you wish. I decided that I would like to have a rounded lapel.

shawl collar 9 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! 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.

shawl collar 10 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss!

The final product.

shawl collar 11 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! 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,

shawl collar 12 The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss! The sleeves that you see on this dress are a lot of fun to draft. You can find those instructions here,

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.

Rhonda Buss

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30 Responses to The Shawl Collar Tutorial by Guest Blogger Rhonda Buss!

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  2. Andrea says:

    Great tutorial, Rhonda, thank you!

  3. Mary says:

    Wonderful job, as always, Rhonda!

  4. Vicki says:

    I really like this one. It looks easy enough to do to. thanks for the tutorial

  5. mrsmole says:

    You make this look so easy and fun!!!! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  6. Rhonda Buss says:

    Thanks ladies!! So glad you like it :)

  7. Wendy Grossman says:

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial. This is exactly the collar I want to incorporate in my next jacket, so you are saving me a ton of trial and error!

  8. Diana Deap says:

    Fantastic,in depth and easy to follow tutorial.

  9. Jill says:

    She does amazing work. Those sleeves are amazing too.

  10. Karen Burberry says:

    This collar design is very pretty. Thank you for sharing it!

  11. RB says:

    Thanks, Rhonda! :-)

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  16. Dana says:

    Thanks so much for your great tutorial! I love taking a pattern and making some changes to it. My grandmother could look at a dress and then draw her own pattern. She passed away long before I started sewing but I believe any time I make changes to a pattern, she is looking over my shoulder and guiding me to make the right changes. It’s awesome feeling knowing that in some small way I’m following in her footsteps, I think she would be proud.

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