As promised a few weeks ago, I’ve put together a pattern and some instructions for how you can create your own beaded scallop edge detachable collar (phew that’s a mouthful!!)
I honestly love this collar sooo much, and have not stopped wearing it since I made it – but, that being said, it is definitely a project requiring some time and commitment. It took me almost 12 hours to do all the beading – so just keep that in mind before you start.
Ready, set go!
First things first, you’ll need:
- Some fabric for the collar. I used lining, but you could really use anything
- Iron on interfacing
- Pearl beads and long bugle beads, I got mine from Jo-Ann fabrics and used just under a bag of each.
- The pattern, which you can download below
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What do do:
- Print out the pattern on US letter paper (8.5″ x 11″).
- Cut 2 pieces on the fold. Also cut 1 piece of interfacing on the fold, and cut off the seam allowances.
- Iron the interfacing on to the wrong side of one of the collar pieces (I forgot to do it, and so i ironed mine on after sewing. woops!)
- Place the 2 collars right side together and sew 5/8″ from the edge (this line is indicated on the pattern by a dotted line), leaving a 2″ opening on the curved edge. You may find it easier to do this if you track\e the line you will need to sew along onto the fabric first – that way you can sew directly onto your guide line.
- Clip the edges and in between the scallops. I personally like doing this with pinking shears
- Push the collar through the opening in the sewing. Using some blunt and long like a knitting needle, shape the scallops. Then using your iron give it all a good pressing.
- Hand sew the opening closed.
- Then sew your beads on. I used this vintage collar as my inspiration – and tried to copy the beaded pattern as best i could. 2 rows of pearl beads around the scallops, then 4 rows of bugle beads then fill in the rest with pearl beads.
- Lastly, sew on a hook and eye closure on the inside (or a ribbon – that would be really cute!)