3244: How to Sew the Collar

Our footed pajama pattern is available as a PDF pattern and as a printed pattern. It includes 29 sizes, from 12 months to Plus Sizes.You only need one pattern for the whole family!




Since the pattern was released, we received a few emails from people who were puzzled when reading the collar attachment instructions. Here are some photos that show every step of this great technique:


Mark half (center back) and center of point (center front) on the collar piece:



Here we mark the sewing line and fold line to help later on (you do not need to add those marks):




Make sure you clip excess zipper before attaching the collar:





Pin open collar band to right side of neckline, with the edge of the zipper matching the point center mark (6 mm (1/4") from the point edge):


From wrong side


From right side - see how it stops at the center of the point


 Sew from the point center mark to the notch WITHOUT STRETCHING the band:



Now that the ends are attached, pin the center of the collar (mark you made previously) to the center back and stitch, stretching the band between the stitch and the pin, as you sew.


One edge of your collar is now attached to the neckline and should look like this: 


Fold collar right sides together, matching notches to sandwich the center front edges inside the collar piece:


Sew from the tip of the point to the notch (6 mm (1/4") from edge, as always). You will have to be careful not to catch folded fabric in the stitch. As you can see, you are sewing over the first stitch (when you attached the first side to the neckline:


Turn right side out and admire the neat finish! We pinned the seam allowance so you can see what will have to be folded under:


Carefully pin the folded edges along the neckline/collar attachment seam, making sure everything stays nice and straight - you do not want a crooked collar:




All you have left to do is hand stitch to attach the folded edge with the neckline seam! No visible seam allowance!


Happy sewing!




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