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Create a High, Scrunch Collar

Nov 18, 2008
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A soft scrunched collar adds an elegant touch to any shirt. Here’s how to make this collar fit your favorite blouse pattern.

by Louise Cutting
an Online Extra to Threads #140, pp. 32 and 33

Pattern designer, teacher, and author Louise Cutting shows how to draw a special collar pattern with only the bodice pattern as reference. Just follow the directions below for perfect results every time.

A wide collar that falls softly around the neck is a change of pace for a blouse. Adding this collar to any pattern requires only a simple measuring process.

Steps 1&2Click to Enlarge

1) With your tape measure standing on its edge, measure the neckline seamline from the center back to the finished front edge. To do this, overlap the front and back pattern’s shoulder seams, matching the seamlines.

2) Make a note of the distance from the center back to the shoulder seamline. You’ll mark these distances on your collar seam later.

3) To make your new collar pattern, draw a rectangle twice the neckline measurement and 8 inches wide. Add a 5/8-inch seam allowance around all edges.

Step 3Click to Enlarge
4) Fold the pattern in half lengthwise, and mark notches in the seam allowance to match the shoulder-seam distance. Use these to align the collar properly when you use your preferred method to sew it to the bodice.

Louise Cutting designs patterns and teaches all over North America. For more information, visit

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  1. User avater minasmom November 30th

    Zuraiqui, you can find the photo of this garment being worn in vol.#140 of the Dec/Jan issue of Threads Magazine, page 32.

  2. Zuraiqui November 24th

    I would like to see a photo of this as a garment being worn.

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