Playing With Collars, again...

Friday, October 14, 2005

Recently I've been working on developing new blouse collar design variations. This "Crush Collar" is applied as a bias ruffle, then manipulated into folds that are tacked down randomly along the neck edge. The center-front placket is tucked from the wrong side to soften the extension and complete the softly random look of the garment.

Playing with Collar Design

Monday, October 10, 2005

Recently as I was stitching my...oh...10,000th flat collar, a wave of boredom hit me. So...I started to play! One of the ways I come up with new design elements is to tweak the traditional and see what happens.

This pleated collar on a silk dupionni shirt/blouse is the result of my latest "play-time". All the pleat manipulation is done after the flat collar is applied to the shirt, the pleats fastened down by careful hand stitching on the collar's underside.