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Learn Two Ways to Support the Collar Stand on a Finished Shirt

Two ways to add support to a completed shirt

Threads Issue #211, Oct./Nov. 2020
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Support a droopy collar with a hidden appliquéd collar stand. Pattern: McCall’s 6613. Fabric: rayon shirting, Affordable Fabrics, Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

A collar stand sometimes turns out too weak to adequately support the collar, and a shirt or blouse’s neckline looks sloppy. You may have noticed this on a garment you purchased that hasn’t stood up well to washing and wearing, or on one you made yourself in which your interfacing choice turned out to be too soft. I’ll show you two methods for correcting a droopy collar stand. Either works to save a favorite shirt in less than an hour. Both additions— an appliqué or a ribbon— can be attached to the interior or exterior collar stand, depending on the look you want.

Appliqué an extra layer

If you made the shirt, you already have the stand pattern. If not, you can trace the stand onto organza or tissue and make your own pattern.

1. Make a collar stand template

Trace the original stand pattern onto oak tag…

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