Vintage Shirt Dress Sewalong: Attaching the Collar and Facing
It’s been a few weeks since we released the Vintage Shirt Dress pattern, and we’ve been blown away by the positive feedback we’ve received. For anyone stuck on the collar and facing, we’d go over it sewalong-style with you. Machine tack the collar to the bodice, then attach it to the dress using a long stitch length. This can be fiddly, so go slowly and use lots of thread.
To keep the facing from shifting while you’re sewing, pin it to the dress and match the notches at the waist seam, shoulder seams, and collar. Because this part of the dress is structurally weak, we’ll reinforce the stitching with understitching.
How do you attach a collar to sewing?
3. Place the collar pieces on top of each other, right sides together, and use a fabric marker to mark the corner point of the collar.
What stitch is used for a collar?
Now it’s time to sew the collar in place, which can be done in one of two ways: overcasting (also known as oversewing or whipstitching) or backstitching.
How can I make my collar lay flat?
Iron the collar with a steam iron at the highest heat recommended on the label until it stays flat. Flip the shirt over and repeat ironing on the opposite side of the collar. Lightly spray starch on the collar and iron it again.
How do I make a collar and collar stand?
Turn right side out, tuck seam allowances into collar stand, and press. Top-stitch around collar stand 3 mm from the edge, making sure the lower folded edge of the collar stand is caught in the seam. Sink-stitch (stitch in the ditch) along the neckline seam to connect the lower collar stand for a clean / classic look.