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This is the perfect for when a regular collar just won’t cut it….look like an outlaw in any outfit… add it to your next project or to and existing top that needs a little sprucing!

So here goes my first tutorial ever…

A= length around the front of your neckline (shoulder seam to shoulder seam + 5/8″ seam allowance on both sides

B= desired collar length (mine is 6″) + 5/8″ seam allowance on top and bottom

C= length around the back of your neckline + 5/8″ seam allowance on both sides

D= Same as B, desired collar length

  1. Draw out your pattern pieces (collar front and collar back) on a large piece of paper.
  2. Pin pattern to fabric and cut out two of each piece.
  3. Once your pieces are cut out pin collar front to collar back and sew side B to side D right sides together, repeat for second set of pieces.  You now have a top collar and a bottom collar.
  4. Pin top collar to bottom collar right sides together, sew all the way around only leaving bottom edge open (side A/C).
  5. Now you’re ready to attach your collar and there are a few ways of going about this…. you can sew it on wrong sides together, do some sort of seam finish on it, flip the collar over and call it good (no one will ever see your seam because the collar is so big… or… you can turn side A/C of bottom collar in 3/8″ and press it, sew top collar to garment and then hand sew bottom collar onto garment creating a perfect beautiful collar.

Once again, this is the first tutorial I have ever made and I hope that it is helpful to you… if you have ANY questions please ask!


This is one of my favorite shirts or it could be a short dress (it looks pretty cute with leggings), either way its perfect for spring and is a regular in my day to day wardrobe.

I started with a basic darted bodice and added a bandanna neckline, a ruffle across the bottom and a tie to accentuate the waist. There are buttons on the shoulder to get it on and off. I love this shirt because it is easy, versatile and original.

I got this fabric while studying in Cyprus. It is 100% cotton however it has an unusual amount of drape for a fabric of its content… I would suggest making this in a nice rayon or silk, something that hangs nicely!

I’m working on a tutorial for the bandanna neckline right now so get your fabric ready, I’ll post it some time in the next couple days. Feel free to ask me any questions!