About that Collar
Isn’t the print and colour of this quilting cotton just fabulous. For once, I knew exactly what I was going to sew with it – the Perth Dress by Carolyn & Cassie Pattern Co.
That close fitting sharp collar and the lines the folded front created. I just had to make it.
I love to sew with quilting cotton. Not just for their quirky prints and vibrant colours, but because it’s a very easy, stable fabric to work with. Plus, it gives a structured look to garments which I thought could work well with this particular pattern design.
Tip: if you do choose this fabric, be sure to throw in a colour catcher in your prewash. Although there were no noticeable change to the vibrancy of the fabric, the dye only stopped rubbing off on my hands after two washes.
So as far as pattern is concerned – it’s pretty straight forward. Even with the unusual collar construction it was a relatively easy to make. It does require you to use the ‘Burrito Method’ for the yoke. But don’t worry too much if you’ve never done it before – once you’ve done one, you’ll never look back – it’s truly magic!
I was feeling quite smug that everything about this dress had come together without any swearing and head-scratching. I didn’t use my seam ripper once! However, one thing did irritate me. That collar – the points and tips just did not look sharp enough. You see, you have to add interfacing to the collar. Combined with the stiffness of the quilting cotton, it made it all a little bit bulky. But it could pass – no one would really notice.
So, do I get that seam ripper out or not? Well, of course. It was all about that collar. I cut back the interfacing – 1cm away from the edges (i.e. the seam allowance) to take away some bulk. It was most definitely worth unpicking.
What else did I do differently? The pattern recommends a 1.2cm button for the collar centre front. But a last minute decision – I wanted to use a slightly bigger vintage button. The buttonhole I had to make would’ve been too large for the button tab.
I found a solution with poppers and I happily hand-sewed that vintage button onto the centre front. Sewn on slightly wonky the first time, but I nailed it the second time.
So, it pays to be pedantic. To get those collar points all pointy and that button bang in the middle. Otherwise, these things would’ve bugged me every single time I took the dress out of my wardrobe. Sometimes fixing what seems like the little things is a big deal because now I get to wear a perfect dress.