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How to Shape a Tailored Collar

Threads magazine - 175 - Oct./Nov. 2014 Issue
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This article from Threads #175 (October/November 2014) by contributing editor Kenneth D. King shares the secrets of a perfect tailored collar. Kenneth writes: For centuries, tailoring has relied on many of the same steps. It still depends on hand-stitching layers of fabric into a permanent form. On these pages you can follow my “new-school” variation of the traditional technique used to prepare the hand-set upper and undercollars for a classic notched-lapel jacket. I’ll show you how to shape the collar with pad stitching and pressing. This technique holds the shape for decades of secure wear. Web Extra: Sew Perfect Collar Points

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  1. Suburbia January 20th

    I'm grateful for the detailed procedure. Thank you, Professor King!

  2. User avater KennethDKing October 7th

    The pad stitching in a circle maintains the stretch of the bias, making the under collar more malleable. Pad stitching following the roll line will lock some of the bias, making for a more difficult time stretching the collar edge and neck seam edge.

    I've seen both done, but I find for this kind of collar, the circles seem to work better.

  3. AtelierDesigns October 6th

    What is the advantage of pad stitching from circles at the neck rather than using the roll line as the starting point?

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