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Techniques for Getting to the Point—the Collar Point

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As I was working my way through creating a linen shirt recently, I realized that pressing was the key to getting my shirt looking professional, particularly with each collar point.

I’d like to explain how I got to making this shirt. Linen is one of my all-time favorite fabrics and an essential part of my summer wardrobe. I have had an easy-to-wear, oversized white linen shirt on my sewing list for years. Somehow, it gets relegated to the bottom, below the more colorful projects. This year, it finally made it to the top of the list.

The fabric I chose for the shirt is a textured linen I acquired in a vintage shop years ago. It probably could be considered double-vintage, at this point. The yardage was narrow, and I had to work around a few age spots. It was one of those precious pieces I did not want…

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  1. JohninKent | | #1

    Do you recommend taking one or two stitches across the collar point, or do you sew a perfect angle point?

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      BeckyF | | #2

      It depends on the weight of the fabric. If the fabric is very light a stitch across the point may give you a "blunt" point, which I don't mind. If you are all about the sharp point this may not work for you. If your fabric has a bit of heft, a stitch or two is a good idea. It also depends on your stitch length. I know that some folks like to decrease their stitch length going in and out of the point, so if you are using a very short stitch a stitch or two across the point is less noticeable. I think I probably did at least one stitch across in this example. More than one or two stitches and you will end up with a three sided point...I think that's an oxymoron! ;)

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