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Portrait Collar

Sew_Abundantly | Posted in Patterns on

Hi. My mother-in-law wants me to make her a dress with a portrait collar. My first question is what exactly does a portrait collar look like? I have an idea, but not clear enough to figure out how to draft a pattern. Which leads to my next question, how would I go about drafting a pattern for one? I have looked at vintage patterns, but can’t seem to find exactly what she is looking for. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


  1. Ralphetta | | #1

    I can't seem to find a picture, either.  Here's what i thought a portrait collar was:  a very, very large collar that sometimes extends almost to the top of the sleeve, round in back but notched, with lapels in a V neck front.  Maybe someone else can find a picture.

  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    Here are two pictures that I found:



    And here is a definition from this website ( http://www.talbotsinc.com/press/fashion/glossary.asp) :  Portrait collar

    Large collar that is squared off in the front and back and extends as far as the shoulder seams. 


    1. Ralphetta | | #3

      Here are two pictures that I found

      The first picture looks very much like the collar of Vogue 8538 that i have.  The pattern is probably 29 years old.  (I'm guessing.) When I looked at the Vogue site I found a totally different garment with that number.  I said it was round in back.  That wasn't a good description...I was just trying to distinguish it from a sailor collar.

    2. Sew_Abundantly | | #4

      Thanks so much. The pictures are helpful.


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