Let’s finish off the week with another Eucalypt variation, shall we? This time – a dress version. Here, you won’t have to make any changes, just some easy additions! And by easy, I really mean it. I’ll be showing you how to attach a faux collar, which is a million times more simple than a full standard collar. And don’t forget the patch pockets, too! To top it all off – I’ll be doing it all out of (faux)leather for a rich look.
Ok, let’s get started!
1. Using the given neckline of the front pattern piece, draw your desired collar shape. Use a straight ruler and french curve to get the perfect, clean lines.
2. Trace your collar shape onto a new piece of paper, and cut out.
2. Use your new collar pattern piece to cute out two pieces from leather / faux leather / leather-look fabric. Because you are working with leather, you don’t have to worry about any collar facing or edge finishing. Just these two pieces are all you need!
3. While you are at it, cut out two 5” squares four pockets.
4. Before assembling any of your dress, you will want to attach your pockets. Find your preferred placement, making sure they are lined up and straight. Pin in place.
**I know in the above photo I already have the front and back pieces sewn together. But obviously I wasn’t thinking clearly (another DOH! moment). You’ll definitely want to attach your pockets first. It will be a lot easier.**
Topstitch close to the edge of your pockets, pivoting at the corners. Again, because you are working with leather, you don’t have to turn under the edges. There won’t be any fraying!
5. Now it’s time to add your collar. Again, you’ll want to do this before attaching your front and back together. Line up your two collar pieces along the neckline, slightly overlapping the two pieces in the center. Pin in place, and staystitch 1/4” from the edge.
Attach your front and back pieces together at the side seams and shoulder seams. Your collar will be enclosed in the shoulder seam. Attach your neckline bias facing as stated in the instructions.
That’s it! Finish the rest of your dress according to the instructions, and you’re all set.