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Sudley Sewalong // how to sew the collar

Sudley sewalong sewing the collar for the Sudley dress and top

Next up in the Sudley sewlong is the collar! This is, of course, an optional addition. You can add it to any of the views, blouse or dress, or you can leave it off of any of them, too. Your choice! If you do decide to add it, this post will walk you through each step to get those perfect curved peter-pan seams.

Let’s get started…

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsStart by applying lightweight fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the two collar pieces (pattern piece 4). Make sure it is the collar and not the undercollar, since they are similar looking.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patternshow to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow place a collar piece and undercollar piece on top of each other with right sides together. Repeat for the other collar and undercollar set.

Line up the outer curved edges and pin in place.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew 1/4″ from the raw edge.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTrim back the seam allowance to 1/8″. If you use pinking shears to trim, it both trims and clips/notches which helps create that nice smooth curve.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTurn each collar section the right way around, shaping that curve with your fingers.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress very well, with steam if possible.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThe undercollar is slightly smaller than the collar, which allows the seam to roll slightly towards the undercollar and not be seen from the outside/collar side, as shown above.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow lay your bodice in front of you, open, with the right side of the fabric facing you.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace the collar pieces on top of the bodice with right side (interfaced collar) up. So the wrong side/undercollar should be facing the right side of the bodice. Line up the raw edges along the neckline, matching the notches on the collar with the shoulder seams.

Pin in place….

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsOn side B (non-keyhole side), the two collar pieces should meet/touch at the center….

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsOn side A (keyhole side), the collar edges should sit 1/4″ away from the raw edge of the keyhole.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow sew 1/4″ from the raw edge along the entire neckline. Make sure you don’t catch the ties in your stitching.

how to sew the collar on the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThat’s it! Here’s how it looks from Side B. Now you’re ready to attach either your bias facing or lining….

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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